Born April 25, 1917, Ella Fitzgerald, often referred to as the First Lady of Song would’ve turned 100 this year.
To this day, there is no other singer I’ve heard with a voice as pristine as hers.
In this version of Bobby Darin’s classic, she forgets the lyrics and improvises the entire verse. And she scats like no one’s business!
If this song does not put a swing in your step, nothing will.
Smile and have a great week. 😀
Continuing on my theme of songs that keep me warm, here’s one from legendary jazz and R & B musician, Al Jarreau.
Mr. Jarreau passed away yesterday at age 76. I was sad to hear of another artist leaving us.
This single, probably his most well-known song, charted in 1981. I credit it as one of those songs that introduced me to jazz and helped me appreciate the genre.
Enjoy the sweet sound of “We’re in this Love Together” and have a good week,
It’s the last Monday before summer is over for another year. I’m not happy about the end of summer, but the weather should stay warm for a couple of more weeks.
A girlfriend told me about Gregory Porter, and this song (originally performed by Dobie Gray in 1964) is addictive and catchy. I didn’t want a somber end to my “summer music” series, so I chose this video, filled with warm, happy scenes. It reminds me of all the reasons why summer is my favorite season.
I hope you enjoy being part of the “In” Crowd.
Have a fun-filled, upbeat week,
Regina Carter is an American jazz violinist and regarded by many as a master of improvisational jazz violin. Though her work draws upon a wide range of musical influences–including Motown, Afro-Cuban, Swing, Bebop, Folk, and World–she has crafted a signature voice.
I’m a huge fan of jazz, and love her interpretive style. Have a listen as she performs with the Ray Brown Trio playing Gershwin’s “Oh, Lady Be Good!”