InFitzgerald left the band to begin a solo career. With the demise of the Swing era and the decline of the great touring big bandsa major change in jazz music occurred.
Blessed with a beautiful voice and a wide range, Fitzgerald could Blessed with a beautiful voice and a wide range, Fitzgerald could outswing anyone, was a brilliant scat singer, and had near-perfect elocution; one could always understand the words she sang.
The one fault was that, since she always sounded so happy to be singing, Fitzgerald did not always dig below the surface of the lyrics she interpreted and she even made a downbeat song such as "Love for Sale" sound joyous. However, when one evaluates her career on a whole, there is simply no one else in her class.
One could never guess from her singing that Ella Fitzgerald's early days were as grim as Billie Holiday's. Growing up in poverty, Fitzgerald was literally homeless for the year before she got her big break. Inshe appeared at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, winning an amateur contest by singing "Judy" in the style of her idol, Connee Boswell.
Webb, who was not impressed by the year-old's appearance, was reluctantly persuaded to let her sing with his orchestra on a one-nighter.
She went over well and soon the drummer recognized her commercial potential. Starting inFitzgerald began recording with Webb's Orchestra, and by over half of the band's selections featured her voice. She already had a beautiful voice but did not improvise or scat much; that would develop later.
On June 16,Chick Webb died. It was decided that Fitzgerald would front the orchestra even though she had little to do with the repertoire or hiring or firing the musicians. She retained her popularity and when she broke up the band in and went solo; it was not long before her Decca recordings contained more than their share of hits.
Granz became her manager although it would be nearly a decade before he could get her on his label. A major change occurred in Fitzgerald's singing around this period. She toured with Dizzy Gillespie's big band, adopted bop as part of her style, and started including exciting scat-filled romps in her set.
Her recordings of "Lady Be Good," "How High the Moon," and "Flying Home" during became popular and her stature as a major jazz singer rose as a result. For a time December 10, August 28, she was married to bassist Ray Brown and used his trio as a backup group.
Fitzgerald's series of duets with pianist Ellis Larkins in a encore with Larkins was a successful follow-up found her interpreting George Gershwin songs, predating her upcoming Songbooks series.
Although with the exception of the Ellington sets those were not her most jazz-oriented projects Fitzgerald stuck mostly to the melody and was generally accompanied by string orchestrasthe prestigious projects did a great deal to uplift her stature.
At the peak of her powers aroundFitzgerald's hilarious live version of "Mack the Knife" in which she forgot the words and made up her own from Ella in Berlin is a classic and virtually all of her Verve recordings are worth getting. Fitzgerald's Capitol and Reprise recordings of are not on the same level as she attempted to "update" her singing by including pop songs such as "Sunny" and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," sounding quite silly in the process.
But Fitzgerald's later years were saved by Norman Granz's decision to form a new label, Pablo. Starting with a Santa Monica Civic concert in that is climaxed by Fitzgerald's incredible version of "C Jam Blues" in which she trades off with and "battles" five classic jazzmenFitzgerald was showcased in jazz settings throughout the s with the likes of Count Basie, Oscar Peterson, and Joe Pass, among others.
Her voice began to fade during this era and by the s her decline due to age was quite noticeable. Troubles with her eyes and heart knocked her out of action for periods of time, although her increasingly rare appearances found Fitzgerald still retaining her sense of swing and joyful style.
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Dubbed the First Lady of Jazz, multi-GRAMMY® winner Ella Fitzgerald was a celebrated interpreter of the Great American Songbook. The vocalist showcases her multifaceted talents on this collection from the Rodgers and Hart’s repertoire.
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