Tag Archives: Ella Fitzgerald

NPR’s 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

The list is being celebrated with a free NYC show tonight, headlined by Rickie Lee Jones, who will perform Pirates in full (#49 on the list).

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Svetlana & the Delancey Five: New York’s Most Unpredictably Fun Swing Band

Source: New York Music Daily

Since swing jazz is dance music, most swing bands have limitations on how far out on limb they can go. After all, you’ve got to keep everybody on their feet, right? Svetlana & the Delancey Five are the rare swing band who don’t recognize any limits: they’re just as fun to siit and listen to as they are for the dancers.

There weren’t a lot of people on their feet at the band’s sold-out show earlier this month at the Blue Note, but the band charmed the crowd for the duration of the set…with new arrangements of material that’s been ...

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Jazz Songwriter/Vocalist Allegra Levy Adds to the Canon with Her Haunting Breakthrough Album

Source: New York Music Daily

Allegra Levy seems to be shooting for a franchise on heartbreak. For anybody who’s been blindsided – and let’s be honest, who hasn’t – she sings your life back to you.

She’s an anomaly in the vocal jazz world, a strong original songwriter who’d rather sing her own material than standards from decades ago. Her low-key, moody 2014 debut album Lonely City captured the downside of romance against a purist, trad backdrop. Her new album Cities Between Us – streaming at Spotify – swings harder and has more optimism, but there’s no evading the darkness in her writing.

Her lyrics ...

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Trumpeter James Williams with Svetlana & the Delancey Five: Midnight at Noon at the Blue Note

Source: New York Music Daily

“”They let you in here?” the leader of Svetlana & the Delancey Five asked the writer, scrunching up her face.

“No, they didn’t,” the writer answered truthfully. “Your trumpet player did.”

“It’s always midnight at the Blue Note,” the irrepressible swing chanteuse grinned as she took the stage yesterday, and the crowd agreed. This time out, she’d brought a big slice of New Orleans in the person of trumpeter/crooner James Williams. There are thousands of oldtimey swing bands with women out front, but what makes this band different is that they aren’t just a backing unit. And they have ...

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Svetlana and the Delancey Five Salute Ella and Satchmo and Put Their Own Sophisticated Stamp on Classic Swing

Source: New York Music Daily

It figures that drummer Rob Garcia would grab the opportunity to kick off Svetlana & the Delancey Five‘s show at Lucille’s Friday night with a counterintuitive series of offbeats into a hi-de-ho intro, Mike Sailors’ spiraling trumpet solo rising to carnivalesque heights and foreshadowing a darkly lustrous, unselfconsciously erudite show. Why has swing jazz become so enormously popular again? Sure, you can dance to it, and many couples – as well as an exuberant, octogenarian tapdancer – were cutting a rug at this show. But swing is also escapist, and frontwoman Svetlana Shmulyian makes no secret that this is ...

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This Day in Music History: The Beach Boys score their first #1 hit, The Doors play their first gig

Source: The Key (WXPN)

This Day in Music History: The Beach Boys score their first #1 hit, The Doors play their first gig

1960 – The Everly Brothers record “Cathy’s Clown.”

1964 – The Beach Boys score their first #1 hit with “I Get Around.”

1964 – Ella Fitzgerald becomes the first artist to have a hit with a Beatles cover when “Can’t Buy Me Love” enters the UK chart.

1966 – The Doors play their first show. The gig is at the The Whisky A-Go-Go in West Hollywood, where they become the house band for a while.

1970 – Grateful Dead play outside North America for the first time, doing a 4-hour set at the Hollywood Music Festival in England. Mungo Jerry ...

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Erica Smith Brings Her Poignant, Spectacular Voice and Eclectically Shattering Songs to the East Village

Source: New York Music Daily

Erica Smith is one of New York’s most distinctive and often harrowing voices in folk noir and Americana. But even in this city, Smith’s ability to shift effortlessly from style to style is pretty spectacular. In addition to performing her own music, she’s currently a member of both the Richard Thompson cover group the Shootout Band – in which she puts her distinctive stamp on Linda Thompson’s vocals – and also the explosive gospel-rock band Lizzie and the Sinners. Smith can belt a blues ballad or deliver a plaintive Appalachian narrative with anyone. And she’s also a versatile jazz stylist. ...

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Happy New Year, Y’all!

Source: Fuzzy Logic

What a long, strange year it’s been. There’s been some good, and there’s certainly been some bad, but when you get right down to it, I suppose I’ll say it was a pretty ok year. And there was a whole lot of good music to soundtrack the last twelve months. 

I’d like to wish you a truly delightful Happy New Year, and I hope that the year brings you good health, good folks, good times, and of course, good music. In the spirit of the passing year, here’s a few versions of my most favorite New Year’s song, “Auld Lang ...

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Girl Power! Epic Moments in Female Music History

Source: Rock On Philly

Featured Image by Jean-Luc Ourlin via Flickr

Throughout history music has played a large role in storytelling through cultural and thoughtful expression. Music has moved and evolved with history like an epic soundtrack to society as we know it. Some amazing feminist moments and female musicians have come to be thanks to the artistic expression that music allows. Women have continued to use music as an outlet to break through stereotypical expectations and barriers and have created amazing moments in music history in our own lifetime.

Ella Fitzgerald: From the Apollo to the Grammys, Winning Against Discrimination

Take Ella Fitzgerald for instance, the “First Lady of ...

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Monday Playlist: Pride Month!

Source: Rock On Philly

Happy Pride Month! Not only is June the month to celebrate the LGBT community, but it also happens to be the month the Supreme Court declared the right to same-sex marriage nation wide! This week’s playlist mirrors the love, equality, and pride this month has to offer so listen all week long and keep the good vibes going.

This heartbreakingly beautiful duet featuring two men for starters…

and HAIM for some sisters for change..

and The Roots with a softer side…

Listen to the full playlist here!

Featured Image by Guillaume Paumier via Flickr

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Monday Playlist: Rock and Roll!

Source: Rock On Philly

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted eight legendary bands and musicians last week! To honor those new and old to the Hall of Fame, we have compiled a playlist of some of their best songs. Whether they were pioneers of the music industry or perfected the art, these legends have influenced countless others and why not celebrate with a huge playlist of their best work? Take a look, and listen, to the newest inductees below!

First off, Ringo Starr awarded for “Musical Excellence”

The “5” Royales for “Early Influence” which you can hear in this audio only video,

The Paul Butterfield Blues ...

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Ella Fitzgerald and her Enduring Influence

Source: Rock On Philly

A very happy and classy birthday to jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald, who would be 98 years old today.

Fitzgerald has one of the most distinct voices of jazz, forgoing the melancholy that marked Billie Holiday‘s work and the politicism that marked Nina Simone‘s, instead, giving a light, warm, joyful tone to the jazz singer. To this day, the voice of the First Lady of Song is legendary.

Fitzgerald was responsible for recording some of the most famous renditions of the Great American Songbook, recording three albums covering Cole Porter‘s, Duke Ellington‘s, and Irving Berlin‘s ...

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Bossa Nova and its influence on guitarist Charlie Byrd on display at Strathmore

Source: The Washington Post » Music

12

Number of weeks the Charlie Byrd Trio spent on its 1961 State Department tour of South and Central America in 1961.

18

Number of countries visited by the trio on the tour.

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