I just baked a delicious chocolate cake to honor ARTIE SHAW (5/23/1910-12/30/2004). Could that man make music! And now his clarinet and Ella’s archives both live at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.
The album for today features Ella and the great Nelson Riddle from 1962. Just ignore these dated hair styles! Special thanks to the sound engineers at Verve Records-the music sounds fresher than ever. Do you have this?
Greetings from Philadelphia, where R&B organist BILL DOGGETT was born. Here's the album that Bill and Ella recorded - one of my favorite covers. (Yes, I did say “organist”. Trust me, this is terrific!)
Quick! Get to Washington DC and the new exhibit on Ella. It's at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Special thanks to Curator Dr. John Edward Hasse (the man wearing glasses) who is standing proudly with the Ella Foundation staff.
A Birthday Celebration today for IRVING BERLIN (Israel Isidore Balain, 5/11/1888 – 9/22/1989). Sometimes I wonder how a man who’s first language wasn’t even English managed to write some of our most beloved songs…..THANKS FOR ALL THE MUSIC, MR. BERLIN!