Ella turns 100

Photo on 2017-04-25 at 11.12 AM

There are enough sultry saloon singers and balladeers in this world; we don’t need to cry all the time. We need singers like Fitzgerald to remind us that our great songwriters wrote music as well as words

So wrote jazz writer Will Friedwald in his book Jazz Singing

Then there was Ira Gershwin who said, “I never knew how good our songs were until I heard ELLA sing them.”

Today we celebrate the singer Duke Ellington said was “beyond category.” today is the 100th anniversary of Ella Fitzgerald’s birth

As Duke Ellington wrote about this woman singer of incandescent talent, “Ella was beyond category.”

When she died in June of 1996 and I passed on to my daughters the sad news of the lady whose music was the soundtrack of their young lives, their response was “whaaaaat?” They remembered that we had gone as a family to see her last performance in Toronto Ella it seems was forever. Such was the transcendence she had achieved in her 60 years on stages.

Here, it’s an all Ella day.

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    mushafta Says:

    Keep ’em coming Ted!


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