Help Celebrate Ella Fitzgerald's Centennial


Happy Birthday Ella!

News | Apr, 25th 2017

Today's a landmark day in jazz: it's Ella Fitzgerald's 100th birthday! How best to celebrate the First Lady of Song's centennial? Here are some links and ideas to get you started.

—Tomorrow night at 7pm EDT, watch our annual gala entitled "Ella at 100 - Forever the First Lady of Song." Hosted by the one and only Harry Connick, Jr., the event will feature some of the greatest vocalists alive paying tribute to Ella. Guests include Renée Fleming, Roberta Gambarini, Diana Krall, Alison Krauss, Marilyn Maye, Audra McDonald, Camille Thurman, Kenny Washington, and Cécile McLorin Salvant in duet with pianist Sullivan Fortnerdon't miss it!

—Then, this Thursday night at 8pm EDT, tune into another soulful webcast as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis performs "Celebrating Ella: The First Lady of Jazz" with help from special guest vocalists Kenny Washington and Roberta Gambarini.

—Head over to Longreads for Tom Maxwell's exploration of how Ella and Louis(get it here if you don't have it already), the first of three famed collaborations between Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, is not only a classic but a symbol of jazz's power to reshape American society.

—Speaking of Ella and Louis,the album features prominently in our first-ever roundup of essential jazz albums.

—Watch an episode of our video series Recollect, in which singer Vuyo Sotashe talks about how Ella records became his gateway to jazz:

—Over at the Chicago Tribune, Howard Reich revisits old interviews with Ella in a fascinating and comprehensive profile of the great singer.

And finally, we suggest that you listen to Ella all day long! Check out these hand-picked Ella tracks from WBGO announcers and listen to our Ella playlist now on Apple Music!



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