Ella Fitzgerald photographed
by Carl Van Vechten in 1940.
Ella Jane Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996), also known as "Lady Ella" and the "First Lady of Song", is considered one of the most influential jazz vocalists of the 20th Century.
With a vocal range spanning three octaves, she was noted for her purity of tone, phrasing and intonation, and a "horn-like" improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing. She is widely considered to have been one of the supreme interpreters of the Great American Songbook.
Listen to Ella Fitzgerald perform "Sing Me a Swing Song," recorded in 1936, free from npr.org.
Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with The Courier.