News featuring Ella Fitzgerald

The following news stories mention Ella Fitzgerald. Stories are compiled from a hand-picked selection of popular music news sites based in Great Britain, Europe and the United States. Updated less than 11 hours ago.

’14 Dec 17 Wed

Wednesday 17th December

  • Nikki Yanofsky: Little Secret

    She started as a pre-teen Ella Fitzgerald clone, flirted with being Norah Jones, and now (at 20) finally sounds like the young pop singer she is...despite some lingering belief that she needs to "give jazz new life".

    Nikki Yanofsky Mad Libs Nikki Yanofsky is a ___________________ [adjective] singer who started out ___________________ [gerund phrase] and seemed destined to ___________________ [dire prediction for the future]. Well, whaddaya think? The obvious answers are: YOUNG and IMITATING ELLA FITZGERALD, but that third was has not been so obvious. Yanofsky appeared at her hometown Montreal Jazz Festival when she was just 12 years old — one of those Young Jazz Phenoms that seem to appear every…

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’14 Nov 20 Thu

Thursday 20th November

  • New Riffs From Jazz Lips: From Eminem to Sun Ra

    There's an unending flow of vocal jazz these days, which is a blessing and a curse. Beyond the glut of rehashed standards from 50 years ago, some original work shines.

    When I was first listening to jazz as an adolescent boy, I dreaded "jazz vocals”. Sure, I dug Ella Fitzgerald, and hearing Louis Armstrong sing sent something electric through my core. But most jazz singing seemed hopelessly corny to me: all curlicues and boop-di-bopping, or else music that I couldn’t really distinguish from the “easy listening” stuff that my parents used as sonic wallpaper in their living room. Over time, my taste matured. I still…

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’14 Sep 12 Fri

Friday 12th September

’14 Apr 30 Wed

Wednesday 30th April

  • Carsie Blanton - "Laziest Gal in Town" (audio) (Premiere)

    Jazzy New Orleans singer Carsie Blanton releases her new album Not Old, Not New on June 24th and today we premiere her sultry take on a Cole Porter classic.

    Carsie Blanton's sexy, enigmatic vocals are ideally suited to the American popular songbook, a.k.a. pop music written for adults in the age before youth so thoroughly dominated popular culture. She treats each note like another flirtatious look towards the object of her affection as the lazy notes flutter down gently and easy. Like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Fred Astaire, she pays careful attention to the dramatic phrasing of each word. Impressive and leaves the…

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’14 Mar 3 Mon

Monday 3rd March

’14 Feb 11 Tue

Tuesday 11th February

  • 'People say I can't sing'

    Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow talks about doing a jingle for McDonald's, throwing herself into country music – and sacrificing her love life for her career

    What are your earliest memories of music?

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’13 Nov 21 Thu

Thursday 21st November

  • Loretta Lynn honored by President Obama for the 2013 Medal of Freedom Award

    Loretta Lynn joins an elite list of musicians, along with female icons such as Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin, when she receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honour, on 20 November, 2013.

    The 81-year-old unquestionably deserves the honour. The impact Lynn has had on country music goes beyond her bold songwriting and chart success. She was a genuine trailblazer. In naming her, the White House said: "Loretta Lynn is a country music legend. Raised in rural Kentucky, she emerged as one of the first successful female country music vocalists in the early Sixties, courageously breaking barriers in an industry long dominated by men. Ms Lynn's numerous accolades include the Kennedy Centre Honours in 2003 and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010." [Telegraph] Country music star Loretta Lynn was just awarded the 2013 Presidental Medal of Freedom of Award by president Barack Obama at the ceremony,…

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’13 Nov 7 Thu

Thursday 7th November

  • Readers recommend: songs about neighbours - results

    They gossiped, slipped behind doors, listened at the window, and had a party. But what songs made it into Neighbours Lane?

    Hello again, and, as I fling open the pub doors, pass out the beer mats and switch on the vinyl jukebox, welcome back customers, one and all, to the Readers Recommend. Yes, that's right – RR is not the Rovers Return of Coronation Street fame but an altogether different establishment, though still home to down-to-earth banter, with musical enrichment and who knows, even greater popularity. We have infinite seats, after all, but it's still cosy. A pint of the usual, sir or madam? Or would you like to try a half of Kimpton's Old Peculiar™? It's a heady brew, let me warn you and here is the recipe. And I'm sure we will be serving up other guest ales aplenty.

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’13 Nov 2 Sat

Saturday 2nd November

  • The rise and rise of Vampire Weekend

    They're careful not to drink too much, they worry about meeting people's expectations, and one of their songs is about punctuation. So how did Vampire Weekend become one of America's most successful rock bands?

    A big white screen hangs over the stage at the Hollywood Bowl, blocking out the light. It's 32C in Los Angeles and the huge outdoor amphitheatre, the biggest of its kind in America, is baking in the afternoon sun. Somewhere behind the screen, Vampire Weekend are checking sound for their sold-out headline show later. Nearly 18,000 people will be here this evening to watch them play.

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