Ella Fitzgerald Companion

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The Ella Fitzgerald Companion is a celebration of the woman who is arguably musical history's greatest singer of popular. An international superstar of jazz and popular music, Fitzgerald boasted astounding versatility and sophistication that covered the entire musical spectrum, and her combination of incredible vocal flexibility, precise diction and articulation, accurate improvising skills, and a huge repertoire remains unmatched. This guide to her sixty-year career-including her recordings, her important ...

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Overview

The Ella Fitzgerald Companion is a celebration of the woman who is arguably musical history's greatest singer of popular. An international superstar of jazz and popular music, Fitzgerald boasted astounding versatility and sophistication that covered the entire musical spectrum, and her combination of incredible vocal flexibility, precise diction and articulation, accurate improvising skills, and a huge repertoire remains unmatched. This guide to her sixty-year career-including her recordings, her important influences, and her collaborators-offers an overview of the evolution of American popular singing in the twentieth century through the lens of its greatest interpreter.

Interspersed throughout the text are over eighty transcribed examples of recorded performances by Fitzgerald and a number of her influences, illuminating her genius in an unprecedented way. With accompanying discussions in both descriptive and musical language, this unique collection of transcriptions is accessible to musicians and non-musicians alike. Concluding the volume is a comprehensive discography of all the important Fitzgerald albums that have been re-issued to date on compact disc, offering the reader a practical way to become acquainted with one of the twentieth century's true musical pioneers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313316456
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/30/2004
  • Series: Companions to Celebrated Musicians Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

NORMAN DAVID is a musician, author, and educator, currently on the music faculties of The University of the Arts (Philadelphia) and Franklin & Marshall College. A past recipient of a Fellowship Grant in Jazz Composition from the National Endowment for the Arts, he is also the author of Jazz Arranging.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: "Somewhere There's Music"
Preface
Acknowledgments
Regarding the Music Examples
1 The Ella Mystique 1
2 Overview 7
3 The Influential Singers 17
Louis Armstrong 18
Bessie Smith 30
Ethel Waters 32
Mildred Bailey 35
Connee Boswell 37
Billie Holiday 57
Leo Watson 59
4 The Chick Webb Years 69
5 The Bebop Influence 81
6 Norman Granz 91
7 The Arrangers 99
Recordings for Decca, 1942-1954 100
Sy Oliver 102
Verve and Pablo: The Song Books and More 106
Buddy Bregman 108
Duke Ellington 116
Paul Weston 122
Nelson Riddle 124
Billy May 138
Other Recordings for Verve 142
Frank DeVol 142
Marty Paich 144
Bill Doggett 148
Two Years at Capitol 150
One for Prestige, Two for Reprise 153
8 Benny, Duke, and Count 155
Benny Goodman and the Swing Era 155
Duke Ellington 158
Count Basie 167
9 The Principal Accompanists 181
Hank Jones 183
Oscar Peterson 184
Ellis Larkins 192
Paul Smith 202
Lou Levy 210
Tommy Flanagan 222
Jimmy Rowles 231
Joe Pass 233
App. 1 Complete Interviews 241
App. 2 A Selection of Ella's Honors and Awards 261
Notes 265
Ella Fitzgerald - CD Discography 275
Ella Fitzgerald - Selected VHS/DVD Videography 311
Bibliography 313
Index 321
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