Ella Fitzgerald sings "April In Paris" live in Brussels, Belgium in 1957.
Ella Fitzgerald, vocals
Don Abney, piano
Herb Ellis, guitar
Ray Brown, bass
Jo Jones, drums
Ella Fitzgerald first sang professionally when she was seventeen at the Apollo Theater in November 1934.
She met drummer and bandleader Chick Webb the following year and began performing with his Orchestra at the Savoy ballroom and would appeared on some of his records.
How she met Webb and became a member of his band is a little known, but fascinating story.
The Cuban music wizard Mario Bauza, who was Webb's musical director, discovered her at the Apollo Theater and encouraged Webb to give her an audition. Originally, Webb was not impressed, but took her along to a gig at Yale University.
The audience loved her and in Bauza's own words "we couldn't get her off the stage the people loved her so much."
In 1938 her star shone bright with her jazz version of the nursery rhyme, "A-Tisket, A-Tasket", a song she co-wrote with Al Feldman,(later known as Van Alexander).
Ella launched her solo career in 1942 during which she would be accompanied by a number of popular artists including "The Delta Rhythm Boys", "The Ink Spots", and Louis Jordan.
She would also start working for Norman Granz appearing regularly at his Jazz at the Philharmonic.
Revered for her tonal purity and inspired scat singing she recorded over seventy albums over the course of her long and prosperous career.
Known for her exceptional interpretations from the Great American Songbook, she will forever be remember as the "First Lady of Song."
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