Mar 19, 2018  
Evening Division Fall 2017 
Evening Division Fall 2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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EVDOL 080 — Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of the Song

Reggie Quinnerly
Ella Fitzgerald (1917–96) was one of the most celebrated voices in jazz and American popular music for more than 50 years. Her virtuosic vocal abilities and unique sense of style made her a sought-after artist, highly revered by musicians and arrangers alike, and she was a tremendous influence on generations of singers that followed. In this course, we explore Fitzgerald’s life and work through examples from her extensive recorded output—from her earliest recordings with the Chick Webb Orchestra to her associations with Count Basie and Duke Ellington and beyond—and discuss her lasting cultural impact. 2017 commemorates Ella Fitzgerald’s centennial, and, if the yearlong tributes and recording reissues are any indication, the legendary First Lady of Song continues to hold an important place in both music history and in the hearts of music lovers.

4 weeks
Wednesdays 5:30 – 7 pm
October 25 – November 15


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