Miss Ella's Playhouse

Miss Ella's Playhouse

by Ella FitzgeraldElla Fitzgerald


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Jazz and even vocal music can be a tough nut to crack for younger listeners, but Ella Fitzgerald's irrepressible enthusiasm and constant musicality make her a natural for children's listening. Accordingly, Universal packaged 11 of her lightest novelties into the brief Miss Ella's Playhouse, pitched to ages one to four and billed as "Kid, Parent & Earth Friendly." Leading off with the 1938 nursery rhyme hit "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," the disc makes a fair introduction for children to Ella specifically and great vocal jazz in general (regardless of the argument that children could appreciate her "serious" music without this set of dumbed-down material). The disc is divided between early Decca material of the nursery rhyme variety ("The Muffin Man," "Old Mother Hubbard") and peak-era Verve novelties like "Bean Bag Song," "Two Little Men and a Flying Saucer," and "The Hot Canary." Fans of the Great American Songbook may not be able to handle this type of material, but Ella Fitzgerald makes it all shine with a twinkle in her eyes, even when she's recording "Old McDonald" in 1966, nearing her half-century mark.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/19/2008
Label: Verve
UPC: 0602517205659
catalogNumber: 000834502
Rank: 116405

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ella Fitzgerald   Primary Artist
Sy Oliver   Conductor

Technical Credits

Ella Fitzgerald   Composer
Larry Clinton   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Chick Webb   Composer
Van Alexander   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Josef Myrow   Composer
Paul Nero   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Will Hudson   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Milton DeLugg   Composer
Jerry Lester   Composer
Ray Gilbert   Composer
Lewis Spence   Composer
William Stein   Composer
Chester Wallace   Composer
Pat Lawrence   Executive Producer
Ryan Rogers   Illustrations
Clem Bernard   Composer
Gene Irwin   Composer
Arthur Pitt   Composer
Simon Oxley   Illustrations

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