My earliest memory of Ella Fitzgerald was when she was shattering glass in the Memorex commercials. It did not matter to me if she was “live or Memorex“, I was fascinated. I saw Ella perform live when I was 18 at the Chicago Jazz Festival. I was totally captivated by magnificent voice. I was fortunate to see her perform again at the Chicago Jazz Festival in the early 90’s before she went to sing with the angels in 1996.
Favorite Ella Songs: “Lady Be Good“, “How High The Moon“, “Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered“, “Air Mail Special“, “Mr. Paginini“, and “Night and Day”
Favorite Ella Albums: “Like Someone In Love“, “The Complete Ella in Berlin: Mack The Knife“, “Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas“, “First Lady of Song“, “Ella and Louis“, and “These Are The Blues”
The Ultimate Ella Box Set: “The Complete Ella Fitzgerald Song Books” (The quintesessetial 16 CD box set)
Favorite Ella Documentary: American Masters Series: Ella Fitzgerald “Something To Live For”
Very gifted and talented vocalist Ledisi will be performing an 85th anniversary tribute to Ella Fitzgerald backed by the Marcus Shelby 15-piece orchestra on Friday, February 21 at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco. The tribute is part of the second annual San Francisco Black History Month Celebration, an event presented by SF Noir, a Bay Area black arts and culture organization. For more details, please see the JazzTimes article or the SF Noir website.