The classic jazz community is celebrating the centennial of Ella Fitzgerald, who was born on April 25, 1917. Fitzgerald, along with Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan, were the queens of American music during the middle part of the 20th century.
Two albums have been released by The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, Verve Label Group and UMe. The three, operating as Ella 100, last month released Ella Fitzgerald Sings The George and Ira Gershwin Song Books and 100 Songs For A Centennial. Other events, according to the press release, include an exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
Above is Lullaby of Birdland. Her band was one for the ages: Ray Brown (bass), Oscar Peterson (piano), Papa Jo Jones (drums), Herb Ellis (guitar) and Roy Eldridge (trumpet). Below is a beautiful duet with Louis Armstrong on Dream a Little Dream of Me.