Jessica Nicholas:

Ella's Centenary

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On this special International Women's Day 2017 broadcast, we celebrate the centenary of jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald, who was born in 1917.

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Join Jessica Nicholas for a special Wednesday edition of her show for International Women's Day. She will be spinning music from vocalist Ella Fitzgerald, who was born almost 100 years ago in April 1917.

One of the foundational early female singers in jazz, Fitzgerald rose to prominence in the early 30s, making a rather famous debut at the equivalent of an open-mic night at the Apollo Theatre. From there, her career blossomed: she went on to work with Chick Webb - and after he passed away in 1939, she took on the role of leading his old ensemble. A long and fruitful solo career would ensue - and she would appear alongside greats like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim, and was also credited as one of the first vocalists to improvise and scat.

We'll hear some of her classic performances on this playlist - as well as a plethora of other great female artists. And, if you're on social media, don't forget to use the hashtags #IWDABC and #BeBoldForChange, as the ABC focuses on the need for a shift in gender equality and attitudes in all communities.

Tracks in this program

1. ‘A-Tisket, A-Tasket’ - Ella Fitzgerald
CD: Newport Jazz Festival: Live at Carnegie Hall, 1973

2. ‘Undecided’ - Ella Fitzgerald 
CD: Ella Fitzgerald: The Early Years, Part 2, 1993

3. ‘Azure’ - Ella Fitzgerald
CD: Ella at Duke’s Place, 1965

4. ‘Isfahan / Caravan’ - Michelle Nicolle Quartet
CD: A Flower is a Lovesome Thing, 2016

5. ‘Floating on an Emerald Green Sea’ - Sandy Evans & friends  
CD: Cosmic Waves, 2012

6. ‘Time To Be Still’ - Spirograph Studies
2016 Wangaratta Jazz Festival (ABC Jazz recording)

7. ‘Water Crossing’ - Nadje Noordhuis
CD: Nadje Noordhuis, 2012

8. ‘A Thousand Feet from Bergen Street’ - Angela Davis Quartet + Strings
CD: Lady Luck, 2015

9. ‘The Lady is a Tramp’ - Ella Fitzgerald
CD: Live at Mister Kelly's, 1958/2007

10. ‘Bewitched’ - Ella Fitzgerald 
CD: Live at Mister Kelly's, 1958/2007

11: ‘Summertime’ - Ella Fitzgerald 
CD: Live at Mister Kelly’s, 1958/2007
12. ‘You’ll Have to Swing It (Mr.Paganini)’ - Patti Austin
CD: For Ella, 2002

13. ‘Untrue South’ - Nat Bartsch
CD: Hometime, 2017

14. ‘Night of Sorrow’ - Myra Melford 
CD: Snowy Egret, 2015

15. ‘High Lands’ - The Printmakers
CD: Westerly, 2015

16. ‘One Hour’ - Trish Clowes
CD: My Iris, 2017
17. ‘Primordial’ - Dinosaur
CD: Together, As One, 2016

18. ‘Smooth Sailing’ - Ella Fitzgerald
CD: Newport Jazz Festival: Live at Carnegie Hall, 1973

19. ‘Monkey’ - Hermine Deurloo 
CD: Living Here, 2016

Presented by Jessica Nicholas
Image: William P. Gotlieb/Library of Congress
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Ella Jane Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 - June 15, 1996) was an American jazz singer often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz and Lady Ella. She was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and intonation, and a "horn-like" improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing. After tumultuous teenage years, Fitzgerald found stability in musical success with...

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