Ella Fitzgerald

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Of all the critiques that have been written about Ella Fitzgerald, East Coast music critic Tony Mastrianni’s perhaps best defined her very special song stylings. “In the case of Ella Fitzgerald you have something unique. There continues to be no one like her, no one who uses a voice so completely like a musical instrument. . . . She can stray from the melody, sing around it, and over and under it, yet never lose it and then. . . find her way unerringly back to it.”

The renowned British music critic Benny Green said of Ella, “She is the best equipped vocalist ever to grace the jazz scene, having an acutely sensitive ear for harmonic ranges. There is to her voice a lilting lullaby quality which renders even commonplace material moving.”

Ella has done almost everything almost everywhere: from the ballrooms of Harlem to the Hollywood Bowl; from the Feather Theatre to London’s famous Royal Festival Hall; to the most glittering concert halls in Europe. There’s hardly a country in the world where Ella isn’t known, or a continent where she hasn’t appeared.

Ella’s beginnings as a performer are a part of the annals of popular music. Her professional singing career began in the heyday of the big bands, when she joined the very popular Chick Webb Orchestra. Chick became Ella’s mentor and confidant when she was in her early teens, and he nurtured and coached her exceptional singing talent. Although at first skeptical of the young singer (and wary of taking such a young girl on the road), Webb became sufficiently won over to become her legal guardian, and for a time Ella lived with Chick and his wife. Ella recalls, “Chick gave me the confidence I needed. He taught me what he knew would be of lasting importance in my musical career.” The tried and true “A Tisket, A Tasket,” which was a million-seller, was written while Ella was singing with Chick’s band (the lyrics are hers). After she’d won all the singing contests in New York City, this affiliation was the first step in her fabulous career. Ella always acknowledged Chick’s influence on her singing technique (“Always be with the beat!”).

Much of the credit for Ella’s success goes to renowned jazz impresario Norman Granz. Granz became her personal manager and exclusive record producer in 1954 after he bought out her long-term contract from Decca Records. He subsequently began to record her on Verve, his own label (1956-60). After 1972 she recorded exclusively for Pablo, Granz’s classic jazz label which was acquired by Fantasy, Inc. in 1986.

Among the most valuable of the Verve recordings under Granz’s aegis are the Songbooks which have become the definitive version in the pop/jazz category. Ella’s magnificent talent shines brightly in these collections which pay tribute to the work of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer, Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen, Frank Loesser, and Rodgers & Hart, in addition to the Gershwin albums. A number of Ella’s Grammys were awarded for her Songbooks.

It was another of Granz’s ideas to capitalize on Ella’s many concerts by recording her “live”; in fact, he was the first to attempt this recording feat. Among the works in this category are Ella in Berlin, Ella & Duke at the , and Ella Fitzgerald/Newport Jazz Festival Live at Carnegie Hall. Her Pablo live albums include Jazz at the Santa Monica Civic 1972, Ella in London, and Ella à Nice.

Other outstanding Pablo recordings by Ella include collaborations with Joe Pass (Take Love Easy, Easy Living, Speak Love, Fitzgerald & Pass . . . Again), Count Basie (A Perfect Match, A Classy Pair), Oscar Peterson (Ella and Oscar), and Nelson Riddle (Dream Dancing).

Instrumental in Ella’s media fame was her TV exposure. Her two appearances with the inimitable Sinatra are television classics which have been repeated because of popular demand. Also unforgettable were the Duke Ellington/Ella Special for Screen Gems Productions and her Special with André Previn which aired on PBS.

Over the course of her lifetime, Ella won 13 Grammys. The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts bestowed their Honors Medal on her and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) presented her with their highest honor, the coveted Pied Piper Award, in a star-studded ceremony at Lincoln Center in New York City.

She was 1984’s winner of the esteemed Whitney Young Award, sponsored by the Urban League. On April 28, 1989, she was awarded the first Society of Singers Lifetime Achievement Award, named the “Ella” in her honor. The following night, she received the prestigious George & Ira Gershwin Award for Outstanding Achievement.

Other honors are legion: the dedication at the University of Maryland of the Ella Fitzgerald Auditorium of Performing Arts, an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Dartmouth College, a Doctorate of Music from Howard University, and a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Talladega College in Alabama, among others.

Ella was noted for her love of children; a child care center in the Lynwood section of Los Angeles bears her name. As observed by one jazz historian, “Perhaps Ella’s greatest triumph has been her ability to sustain a style all her own; in fact, become instantly recognizable wherever she goes simply by that name—Ella.”

Ella Fitzgerald died June 15, 1996.

Bio courtesy of Concord Muscic Group
Photo Courtesy of the Verve Music Group


100 Songs For A Centennial

copertina album

CD album
Verve Reissues
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Verve e Universal Music Group festeggiano il centenario della nascita di Ella Fitzgerald! Oltre alle champagne di catalogo, quest’anno verrà pubblicata una serie di prodotti dedicati all’anniversario. Nel box di 4 CD ELLA 100 la formula è tanto semplice quanto intuitiva: cento successi immortali, selezionati dal ricchissimo catalogo Decca e Verve, a partire dagli esordi con la big band di Chick Webb nel 1936 per culminare con “Mack The Knife”, la celeberrima incisione dal vivo a Berlino del 1960 dall’album best-seller che conquistò un GRAMMY®. Tra I più grandi successi presentati in ELLA 100 citiamo “Summertime”, “A-Tisket, A-Tasket”, “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”… e tanti, tantissimi altri capolavori!

Supporto 1
1 Sing Me A Swing Song (And Let Me Dance) (Single Version)
02:34 Ella Fitzgerald, Chick Webb And His Orchestra
2 If You Can't Sing It You'll Have To Swing It
02:58 Chick Webb And His Orchestra
3 Dedicated To You
03:07 Ella Fitzgerald, The Mills Brothers
4 Big Boy Blue
02:45 The Mills Brothers, Ella Fitzgerald
5 I Got A Guy (Single Version)
03:18 Ella Fitzgerald, Chick Webb And His Orchestra
6 A-Tisket, A-Tasket
02:37 Ella Fitzgerald, Chick Webb And His Orchestra
7 I Found My Yellow Basket (Single Version)
02:33 Ella Fitzgerald, Chick Webb And His Orchestra
8 McPherson Is Rehearsin' (To Swing) (Single Version)
03:04 Ella Fitzgerald, Chick Webb And His Orchestra
9 F.D.R. Jones (Single Version)
02:49 Ella Fitzgerald, Chick Webb And His Orchestra
10 Undecided (Single Version)
03:16 Ella Fitzgerald, Chick Webb And His Orchestra
11 I Want The Waiter (With The Water) (Single Version)
03:05 Ella Fitzgerald
12 Imagination
02:55 Ella Fitzgerald
13 Five O'Clock Whistle (Single Version)
03:07 Ella Fitzgerald
14 Cow Cow Boogie
02:52 Ella Fitzgerald, The Ink Spots
15 When My Sugar Walks Down The Street (Single Version)
02:41 Ella Fitzgerald
16 I'm Making Believe (Single Version)
03:09 The Ink Spots, Ella Fitzgerald
17 Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall (Single Version)
03:07 Ella Fitzgerald, The Ink Spots
18 And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine
03:13 Ella Fitzgerald, The Song Spinners, Johnny Long & His Orchestra
19 I'm Beginning To See The Light
02:42 The Ink Spots, Ella Fitzgerald
20 It's Only A Paper Moon
02:34 Ella Fitzgerald, The Delta Rhythm Boys
21 You Won't Be Satisfied (Until You Break My Heart) (Single Version)
02:52 Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong
22 Stone Cold Dead In The Market
02:38 Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Jordan, The Tympany Five
23 (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
03:10 Ella Fitzgerald, The Delta Rhythm Boys
24 My Happiness
03:15 Ella Fitzgerald, The Song Spinners
25 Baby It's Cold Outside
02:41 Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Jordan
Supporto 2
1 Oh Lady Be Good
03:10 Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Haggart & His Orchestra
2 That Old Feeling
02:24 Ella Fitzgerald, The Day Dreamers
3 I Hadn't Anyone Till You
03:00 Ella Fitzgerald, Gordon Jenkins And His Orchestra
4 Black Coffee
03:03 Ella Fitzgerald, Gordon Jenkins And His Orchestra
5 Soon
02:44 Ella Fitzgerald, Ellis Larkins
6 There Never Was A Baby Like My Baby
02:47 Ella Fitzgerald, Sy Oliver & His Orchestra
7 Walkin' By The River
02:24 Ella Fitzgerald
8 Taking A Chance On Love
03:05 Ella Fitzgerald
9 Until The Real Thing Comes Along (Album Version)
02:54 Ella Fitzgerald, Ellis Larkins
10 You Leave Me Breathless (Album Version)
03:02 Ella Fitzgerald, Ellis Larkins
11 Lullaby Of Birdland
02:49 Ella Fitzgerald, Sy Oliver & His Orchestra
12 Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
02:16 Ella Fitzgerald
13 It Might As Well Be Spring
02:39 Ella Fitzgerald
14 Miss Otis Regrets (She's Unable To Lunch Today)
03:00 Ella Fitzgerald
15 You Do Something To Me
02:20 Ella Fitzgerald, Buddy Bregman, Buddy Bregman Orchestra
16 I've Got You Under My Skin
02:43 Ella Fitzgerald, Buddy Bregman Orchestra
17 Moonlight In Vermont
03:41 Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong
18 Cheek To Cheek (Album Version)
05:52 Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong
19 Manhattan
02:49 Ella Fitzgerald, Buddy Bregman, Buddy Bregman Orchestra
20 Thou Swell
02:03 Ella Fitzgerald, Buddy Bregman, Buddy Bregman Orchestra
21 I Wish I Were In Love Again
02:36 Ella Fitzgerald, Buddy Bregman, Buddy Bregman Orchestra
22 Blue Moon
03:10 Ella Fitzgerald, Buddy Bregman Orchestra
23 Solitude
02:06 Ella Fitzgerald
24 Comes Love
02:27 Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong
25 I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
03:08 Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong
Supporto 3
1 Let's Call The Whole Thing Off
04:11 Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong
2 In A Mellow Tone
05:09 Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson
3 I Never Had A Chance
02:44 Ella Fitzgerald
4 What Will I Tell My Heart
03:27 Ella Fitzgerald
5 Summertime
05:00 Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald
6 Little White Lies
02:30 Ella Fitzgerald, Marty Paich, The Marty Paich Orchestra
7 You Hit The Spot
02:43 Marty Paich, The Marty Paich Orchestra, Ella Fitzgerald
8 You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me
02:15 Marty Paich, The Marty Paich Orchestra, Ella Fitzgerald
9 Let's Face The Music And Dance
02:55 Ella Fitzgerald, Paul Weston & His Orchestra
10 Isn't This A Lovely Day?
03:25 Ella Fitzgerald, Paul Weston & His Orchestra
11 Puttin' On The Ritz
02:14 Ella Fitzgerald
12 You Make Me Feel So Young
02:21 Ella Fitzgerald
13 Moonlight Becomes You
03:07 Ella Fitzgerald
14 Let's Fall In Love
03:03 Ella Fitzgerald
15 My Old Flame
03:02 Ella Fitzgerald
16 They All Laughed
03:05 Ella Fitzgerald
17 I Can't Be Bothered Now
02:42 Ella Fitzgerald
18 My One And Only
02:34 Ella Fitzgerald
19 I Got Rhythm
03:05 Ella Fitzgerald
20 Stairway To The Stars
02:51 Ella Fitzgerald
21 Misty
02:51 Ella Fitzgerald
22 Hooray For Love
02:41 Ella Fitzgerald, Billy May & His Orchestra
23 Out Of This World
02:42 Ella Fitzgerald, Billy May & His Orchestra
24 Come Rain Or Come Shine
03:21 Ella Fitzgerald, Billy May & His Orchestra
25 Stella By Starlight
03:21 Ella Fitzgerald
Supporto 4
1 I Hear Music
02:18 Ella Fitzgerald
2 Love Me Or Leave Me
02:49 Ella Fitzgerald
3 Hallelujah, I Love Him So
02:34 Ella Fitzgerald
4 The Very Thought Of You
02:45 Ella Fitzgerald, Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra
5 Warm All Over
02:46 Ella Fitzgerald
6 Almost Like Being In Love
03:02 Ella Fitzgerald
7 All The Things You Are
03:14 Ella Fitzgerald, Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra
8 A Fine Romance
03:35 Ella Fitzgerald, Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra
9 Yesterdays
02:50 Ella Fitzgerald, Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra
10 Honeysuckle Rose
02:39 Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie
11 On The Sunny Side Of The Street
03:03 Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie
12 Tea For Two
03:11 Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie
13 Trouble In Mind
03:31 Ella Fitzgerald
14 See, See Rider
02:39 Ella Fitzgerald
15 Can't Buy Me Love (Album Version)
02:36 Ella Fitzgerald, Johnny Spence Orchestra
16 The Sweetest Sounds
02:07 Ella Fitzgerald
17 Skylark
03:07 Ella Fitzgerald, Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra
18 Something's Gotta Give
02:30 Ella Fitzgerald, Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra
19 Dream (When You´re Feeling Blue)
02:55 Ella Fitzgerald, Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra
20 Cottontail
03:40 Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald
21 Duke's Place
04:11 Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington
22 Something To Live For (Album Version)
03:34 Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
23 Whisper Not
03:01 Ella Fitzgerald
24 Time After Time
03:28 Ella Fitzgerald
25 Mack The Knife (Live From Berlin/1960)
04:49 Ella Fitzgerald


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Ella In Hollywood

2009   CD

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All That Jazz

2006   CD

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Porgy And Bess

2008   CD

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At Newport

2007   CD

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A Perfect Match

2006   CD

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Montreux '77

2006   CD

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Ella In London

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Ella & Oscar

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Sophisticated Lady

2006   CD

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Speak Love

2006   CD

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Fine And Mellow

2006   CD

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Easy Living

2006   CD

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Ella For Lovers

2004   CD

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Ella And Basie

1997   CD

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Porgy And Bess

1985   CD

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