Jazz

The great Ella Fitzgerald was born on April 25th, 1917, and died in 1996. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, "The Queen of Jazz" - also called "The First Lady of Song," left a lasting legacy on American song and jazz.

Though she was blessed with impeccable intonation, a distinctive sound, and a superb sense of timing, Ella Fitzgerald was hindered in her early years by the limitations of the repertoire she sang. It took some time, determination, and visionary collaboration for Ella to find her voice.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM), so we're spotlighting albums that are the benchmarks of influence and popularity. Each week we're highlighting an album that deserves to be called classic; this week's treasure is the first collaboration between Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.

April 23, 2018. We all know Van Morrison as a crooner, just different from the ones heard regularly on WRTI. On You’re Driving Me Crazy, Van Morrison teams up with Philadelphia native son, organist and trumpeter Joey DeFrancesco. The result: a jazz album that swings hard, and true.

April 16, 2018. Pianist Leslie Pintchik was on her way to a doctorate in 17th century English literature at Columbia University when she realized jazz was her true calling.

It’s Jazz Appreciation Month, so we've asked our jazz hosts to pause and answer one simple question: If you could listen to any jazz tune right now, what would it be? Here’s how they weighed in.

April 9, 2018. For 25 years, drummer Sherrie Maricle has led the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, an all-female orchestra founded by Stanley Kay. The musical entrepreneur who managed Buddy Rich, saw something special in Maricle, and she delivered.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month, so WRTI is doing what we do best—spreading the love for this great art form! The Smithsonian Institution launched Jazz Appreciation Month in 2002 to herald and celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz.

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