Thursday, April 25, 2013

Forever Ella!

Today, as the Google doodle attests, is Ella Fitzgerald's birthday. Ella is my favorite jazz singer, and probably the world's. She was JOY! 
With a phenomenal range, beautiful timbre, and an improvisational genius drawn from and honed by the horns, Ella was an ebullient performer who loved to share her delight in singing with her audiences. You can hear and see her duet with Sinatra in A Man and His Music: The Collection and with Nat Cole in Stardust Memories. Below are an uptempo tune and a ballad. Enjoy!

3 comments:

  1. I love what Google did to honor Ella today. :-)

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  2. Ella enjoyin' FellaApril 25, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Ebullient! You hit that one on the nose! She gets her arms moving and swinging so fast, she's at the peak of energy throughout the entire performance. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Oh boy I love Ella Fitzgerald's rendition of "Mack the Knife," so good!!!

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