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Pic of the Week: A Tribute to Ella Edition

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Portrait of Ella Fitzgerald, New York, N.Y., ca. Nov. 1946. Photograph by William P Gottlieb.

Tickets are still available for  a concert that promises to be one of the highlights of the season.  This Saturday the U. S. Army Band  ”Pershing’s Own,” with the help of vocalist Christal Rheames , continues its Concerts from The Collection series with a tribute to the legendary Ella Fitzgerald.   The event takes place at the historic Atlas Performing Arts Center along the vibrant H Street corridor in Northeast DC.

The Army Band will be performing arrangements selected from the Music Division’s Ella Fitzgerald Collection. These arrangements are by none other than Nelson Riddle, the man behind so many classic records by Ella as well as Frank Sinatra, Nat “King” Cole and other iconic singers.

Senior Acquisitions Specialist Loras Schissel selected the arrangements, and has this to say about the work:  ”Musically, they are the closest thing to perfection I know of.  They are like a Greek statue in their classical design.  You really couldn’t take one note away from them–it would fall apart.  Simple, Simple Simple!  A joy to study, to admire, but add Ella’s incomporable voice and style and I always get just a little glimpse of what heaven will be like! ( A stretch–but not muscially.  Just me making it to heaven).” See more photos  of our celestial chanteuse in the William P. Gottlieb Collection.


Comments (2)

  1. Whoa, fella, – this ol’e puss ears still kickin’ too.

  2. the greatest female voice of jazz. i just am in love with her sound. a recent guest of mine from france recognized her sound in the background music i was playing at dinner. he told me many french jazz lovers consider her the goddess of jazz.
    i hope the concert is recorded, i would love to have a copy.

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