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ZZZ Meeting October 2017 - Ella

The meeting's theme was "Ella".
All members contributed with anecdotes on Ella Fitzgerald's life, and some varied songs of hers to listen to:
1. Ella at the start of her career - A-Tisket A-Tasket - this song, based on a 19th C nursery rhyme, words remembered from her childhood orphanage days, and fitted to song by Ella, brought fame when released in 1938 (Ella 21 years old) and sold over a million copies - Ella - "the first Lady of Song"
2. Ella with Count Basie - Its Alright with Me
3. One of Ella's memorable songs - Cheek to Cheek
4. Ella singing Gershwin songs - The Real American Folk Song (which moves into Ragtime) and Slap that Bass
5. Diana contributed with a beautiful A Cappella version of Ella's Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love
6. three songs - early, mid and later career showing Ella's development - Lady be Good (with some splendid scat singing), Solitude with Duke Ellington (guitar accompaniment only), I'm Getting Sentimental Over You - with just piano accompaniment.
7. Ella singing April in Paris with Louis Armstrong
8. Summertime with Louis Armstrong, and I love Paris. Ella did suffer racial discrimination and its noted that her voice opened doors for herself and subsequent black musicians to go thru in the move towards racial freedom. Summertime from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess reminds us of these darker times.

Ray also introduced the group to a timeline showing the development and influences on Jazz from the early 20th Century through to the later part of the century. The definition of what is Jazz, has been a topic of discussion for the group, and views will vary, but the group welcomes a wide net in this respect.