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.
Over a recording career that lasted 57 years, she was the winner of 13 Grammy Awards, and was awarded the National Medal of Art by Ronald Reagan and the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George H. W. Bush.
"If you need a reason why it's worth all the trouble to develop a beautiful voice, achieve perfect intonation, a flawless sense of rhythm, concentrate on the Great American Songbook and work with the best musicians, you need look no further than Lady Ella Fitzgerald.
She personified jazz for more than 60 years and, perhaps more significantly, earned the undying affection of a mass audience comparable to that of any pop icon. When she passed away last June, it deeply affected many people both inside and outside the music industry. "There's a breeze blowing across this land now that she's gone," mourned vocalist Jon Hendricks in an interview with Entertainment Weekly (July 12, 1996).
01 Basin Street Blues
02 We Can't Go on This Way
03 Stairway to the Stars
04 Lover, Come Back to Me
05 It's a Blue World
06 Can't We Be Friends
07 Cheek to Cheek
08 A Fine Ramance
09 Moonlight in Vermont
10 A Foggy Day