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Music Appreciation: Ella Fitzgerald

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Amy Nguyen

on 28 March 2014

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Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald
Early Life &
Basic Biography
Ella's death on June 15, 1996, was felt not only by her close friends, family, and fans, but also by those outside of jazz-appreciating community.
Ella was born on April 25th, 1917 and lived through a difficult childhood.

She made her first debut at New York City's widely acclaimed Apollo Theater.

Ella unexpectedly won their Amateur Night Talent Show.
Death & Legacy
Ella Fitzgerald
Big Band Career
Shortly after winning several competitions, Ella was soon recognized by Chick Webb and became the band's vocalist at sixteen.
Ella's experience with Webb's band allowed her to develop her scat singing skills and put her melodious voice to the test.
At the age of twenty-one, Ella released her number one hit, "A-Tisket, A-Tasket, which brought her to stardom and set the tone for the rest of her musical career.
Ella branched out of her jazz genre and incorporated swing, bebop, and pop into her music, whereas Vaughan and Holiday stuck to jazz and blues
Vaughan's sassy persona and bold behavior contrasted Ella's sweet, charming personality and humorous nature.
Musical Style

wooed all with her pure, effortless voice. Her timbre was characterized as "horn-like" and impeccably clear an sharp.
Amongst her voice and scatting skills, she possessed the ability to improvise and impersonate. Her rendition of Louis Armstrong's "Mack the Knife" (1960) exemplifies her true talents and flexibility as a singer.
Ella was also recognized for her ability to

She contributed and defined scat singing today
Remarkable Range
Ella's breathtaking vocal range spanned across three octaves from D3 flat to a D6 flat.

She is a mezzo-soprano singer. Her range allowed her to reach a variety of notes, thus giving her the ability to be more flexible in her singing.
Distinction from
Other Artists
Sarah Vaughan
Billie Holiday
Holiday's improvisation skills rivaled Ella's, however, her range was weak versus Ella's impeccable range.
Amy Nguyen
Ms. Ouellette
Music Appreciation
10 December 2012
Today, she has influenced countless singers and thousands are still dedicated fans. Her music continues to be heard all around the world and her audience ranges from various age groups.
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