Ella Fitzgerald
01/23/2017 at 17:00. Facebook
Our album for today is ELLA FITZGERALD: THESE ARE THE BLUES.
Because it’s winter here in L.A. and we all have the blues. This
vintage Verve recording should cheer us up.

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Ella Fitzgerald
yesterday at 17:00. Facebook
If you’re going to Washington DC next month, buy your tickets NOW
to see Regina Carter celebrate Ella at the Kennedy Center. We’ll see you there on February 17th.

Ella Fitzgerald
01/21/2017 at 17:00. Facebook
Let’s remember Peggy Lee today – she left us on January 21, 2002.
Here’s a great memory: Peggy and Ella in the old movie PETE KELLY’S BLUES. Wait until you hear how great the remastered version sounds.

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Ella Fitzgerald
01/20/2017 at 17:02. Facebook
Continuing the Songbook theme, how about this one? The only
Songbook Ella recorded devoted to a man who mostly wrote lyrics.
Yup, the one and only JOHNNY MERCER.

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Ella Fitzgerald
01/19/2017 at 17:00. Facebook
Guess where the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation is today: Carmel, INDIANA – at the opening of the ELLA FITZGERALD SONGBOOK Exhibit.
Heaven, I’m in Heaven!! Hope you can get here and see it for yourself.
The Foundation is grateful to Michael Feinstein and his stellar team.

Ella Fitzgerald
01/18/2017 at 17:45. Facebook
I’m in the mood for Broadway show tunes, so here’s what on the
turntable today at the Foundation office. What are YOU listening to?

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Ella Fitzgerald
01/17/2017 at 17:48. Facebook
Oh my goodness, I forgot a truly wonderful BLUE song:
BLUES IN THE NIGHT.
Ella’s version will knock you off your chair. Yes, it’s that good.

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Ella Fitzgerald
01/16/2017 at 17:00. Facebook
Today in the United States, we honor the memory and the life of
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1/15/1929 – 4/4/1968). Yes, Ella and
Dr. King were friends. Here’s the song she wrote after his death.
And yes, she WROTE it, the words and the music.

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Who remembers songwriter SAMMY CAHN? Wow, could he write a hit.
Sammy left us on January 15, 1993. To honor his memory, here’s a link
to Ella singing his PLEASE BE KIND, music by Saul Chaplin.

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One more BLUE song – a fun one: BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE
DEEP BLUE SEA. (Arlen/Koehler - 1932). From Ella’s HAROLD ARLEN SONGBOOK, on Verve Records.

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Keeping with the color blue – how about BLUE MOON by Rodgers & Hart? Written in 1934 but remastered with today’s tech. Hear Ella’s live version, recorded in Hollywood.

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Our song for today is Irving Berlin’s BLUE SKIES because I am tired
of gloomy winter weather! From Ella’s IRVING BERLIN SONGBOOK.
Recorded for Verve Records back in 1958. I have it on vinyl, on CD and electronically. How about you?

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Ella lived in Harlem when she met Chick Webb. To celebrate that
memory, here’s her version of Duke Ellington’s DROP ME OFF IN HARLEM (with lyrics by Nick Kenny).
OH MY, THIS IS GOOD.

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I just bought my tickets for Jane Monheit’s tribute to Ella (2/24/2017) in Naples, Florida. Will we see you there? Jane is FABULOUS!! Learn more at

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PEOPLE WILL SAY WE’RE IN LOVE. From Rodgers & Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA. While I do love the original Broadway soundtrack,
I’m more than partial to Ella’s version. What do you think?

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Let’s think about the great STEPHEN HAWKING today (1-8-1942). Here he is with Ella, at Harvard, in 1990, as they received their Honorary Doctorates.
Yes! I’M BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT.

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As we head to New Orleans’ Louis Armstrong International Airport,
we’ll listen to Ella’s insane FLYING HOME from her Decca years.
Do you have a favorite version of this jazz standard?

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The NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MUSEUM in New Orleans should be on your list….. WOW!! And now, Ella is there, too – we just donated her WWII-related archival material to the Museum.
It’s a wonderful place.

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Our January Music Memory is up! Wonderful glimpses of Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer. So I’m listening to Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass’ version of DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES. (Pass the Kleenex)

New Orleans – the home of Louis Armstrong. The airport here is named for him which is pretty darned cool… and the music here is HOT!

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