The First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald, would have turned 100 years old this year had she not passed away June 15, 1996. Also known as the Queen of Jazz and Lady Ella, Fitzgerald was born in Virginia April 25, 1915, grew up in Yonkers, NY and rose to fame after she competed in one of the first Amateur Nights at the Apollo.
As her career progressed, Fitzgerald performed as a solo artist and collaborated with jazz greats including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie. Her scat singing skills helped usher in the bebop era of jazz. Later, Fitzgerald returned to more classic arrangements in an attempt to find a wider audience. Her Cole Porter Songbook and Great American Songbook recordings had more universal appeal and sealed her legacy as one of the most talented American singers. In honor of Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday, Verve and UMe will release a new four-CD box set, 100 Songs for a Centennial, that will span Fitzgerald’s years as a Decca and Verve artist. The set begins with her earliest recordings with Chick Webb and his orchestra in 1936 and culminates with the GRAMMY® Award-winning live recording of Mack the Knife from 1960. Fans can pre-order the set via this link.
Real Jazz (Ch. 67)
Ella at 100: A Day With Ella: Real Jazz celebrates the centennial of one of the greatest jazz singers ever, Ella Fitzgerald. Every hour Ella will be honored with tracks from her extensive catalog, as well as music from the many “First Lady of Song” tribute albums, including brand new music from “Ella: Accentuate The Positive” by violinist and MacArthur Genius Grant winner Regina Carter. Also, listen in for highlights from the New York City announcement of “Ella Fitzgerald Day” with remarks by Tony Bennett.
Airs: April 25 starting at 3 am ET through April 26 at 3 am ET
Watercolors (Ch. 66)
Watercolors Greatest Show At Sea: All-Star Concert Recorded during The Greatest Party at Sea! Watercolors wraps up Jazz Appreciation Month with an all-star JAM featuring Boney James, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Peter White, Keiko Matsui and more. Recorded aboard the Smooth Jazz Cruise 2017.
Premieres April 28 at 7 pm ET; encore Sunday, April 30 at 4 pm.
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