The Jazz Show Episode April 25, 2011

Broadcast on 25-Apr-2011

9:00pm - 12:00am

Ella Fitzgerald wasn't called "The First Lady of Song" for nothing. Her clear diction and faultless intonation and her rich mezzo-soprano voice to this day is unequaled. Also she should be called "The First Lady of Scat" because evn though she didn't invent the art of scat singing, she perfected it and to this day no singer can match her abilities in this direction. To celebrate Ella's 94th Birthday (she was born April 25, 1917)) we are presenting one of her finest performances called "Ella in Berlin". It was recorded before a rapt audience of 12,000 people in what was then West Berlin in February of 1960 with Miss Fitzgerald and her working band including her musical director, Paul Smith on piano, Jim Hall on guitar, Wilfred Middlebrooks on bass and Gus Johnson on drums. Ella sings a wide variety of great standard tunes and concludes the concert with a wild and wonderful scat version of the bop classic "How High The Moon". As a famous classical music critic said "Ella does everything and the only thing she doesn't do is anything wrong". Happy Birthday Lady music is forever.

Track Listing:

Wade in the Water
Johnny Griffin · The Big Soul Band
Panic Room Blues
So Tired
Fifth House
Pat Bianchi · Back Home
Midnight Mood
Just in Time
Hammer Head.
Moose The Mooch
Charlie Parker · Bird in Montreal (1953)
Embraceable You
Now's The Time
Charles Mingus · Mingus Mingus Mingus!
Hora Decubitus
Gone With The Wind
Ella Fitzgerald · Ella In Berlin
The Lady is a Tramp
The Man I Love
Too Darn Hot
Mack The Knife
How High The Moon.