A6 (Landscape) / 148 x 105 mm
A5 (Landscape) / 148 x 210 mm
A4 (Landscape) / 210 x 297 mm
A3 (Landscape) / 297 x 420 mm
Square 8 x 8" / 210 x 210mm
Depicting Ella Fitzgerald (1917 – 1996), American jazz singer, sometimes referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz, and Lady Ella.
Ready to be mounted and framed, each print is accompanied by a short bio and posted with a protective greyboard backing in a bio-degradable sleeve, in a hard-backed envelope. A3 prints are wrapped in tissue paper and shipped in a postal tube.
Ella Fitzgerald (1917 – 1996), American jazz singer, sometimes referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz, and Lady Ella. She was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing, timing, intonation, and a "horn-like" improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing.
After a tumultuous adolescence, Fitzgerald made her most important debut at the age of 17 in 1934, in one of the earliest Amateur Nights at the Apollo Theatre. Performing in the style of Connee Boswell, she sang "Judy" and "The Object of My Affection" and won first prize. In January 1935, Fitzgerald won the chance to perform for a week with the Tiny Bradshaw band at the Harlem Opera House where she was introduced to drummer and bandleader Chick Webb with whom she went on to find stability in musical success, performing across the country with the Chick Webb Orchestra. However, Fitzgerald and the orchestra are most often associated with the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, the co-founder of which was Moe Gale, who became Fitzgerald’s manager. Her rendition of the nursery rhyme “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” helped boost both her and Webb to national fame and it became a major hit on the radio and was also one of the biggest-selling records of the decade.
After parting ways with her first manager, Fitzgerald turned the rest of her career over to Norman Granz who founded Verve Records specifically to produce new records by Fitzgerald. With Verve she recorded some of her more widely noted works, particularly her eight Song Book sets. The composers and lyricists spotlighted on each set, taken together, represent the greatest part of the cultural canon known as the Great American Songbook.
There is a bronze sculpture of Fitzgerald in Yonkers, the city in which she grew up, created by American artist Vinnie Bagwell. The statue's location is one of 14 tour stops on the African American Heritage Trail of Westchester County. In 2007 the US Postal Service released a stamp featuring Fitzgerald as part of the Postal Service's Black Heritage series.
In 2019, Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things, a documentary by Leslie Woodhead, was launched in the UK. It featured rare footage, radio broadcasts and interviews with Jamie Cullum, Andre Previn, Johnny Mathis, and other musicians, plus a long interview with Fitzgerald's son, Ray Brown Jr.