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Jul 27

Music Notes: Appreciating Jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on July 27, 2017 at 11:42 AM by Elizabeth Land

Notes from the Music Staff logoStaff Note: Notes from the Music Staff is a series of posts discussing what the library offers music fans. From our widely varied collection of music CDs to our nonfiction and fiction books covering all aspects of music, we've got something for everyone and we want to share our love of music with you!

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. While there are a number of amazing jazz musicians to honor during this month, it seems fitting this year to celebrate Newport New native and jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald. This year would have been her 100th birthday.

The image shows an historic marker in Newport News honors native and jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald.


"I guess what everyone wants more than anything else is to be loved. And to know that you loved me for my singing is too much for me. Forgive me if I don't have all the words. Maybe I can sing it and you'll understand." — Ella Fitzgerald

Born in Newport News on April 25, 1917, Ella soon migrated to Yonkers, New York, with her mother Tempie. They later moved in with Tempie’s then-boyfriend, Joe, and a baby, Frances, was born.

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Jul 27

Music Notes: Explore the History of the Grammys

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on July 27, 2017 at 9:56 AM by Elizabeth Land

Notes from the Music Staff logoStaff Note: Notes from the Music Staff is a series of posts discussing what the library offers music fans. From our widely varied collection of music CDs to our nonfiction and fiction books covering all aspects of music, we've got something for everyone and we want to share our love of music with you!

Music fans will know that the 59th Annual Grammy Awards will air on February 12, 2017. While you debate about who will be the winners this year, check out this short history of the Grammy Awards.

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Jul 20

Music Notes: Origins of our favorite Christmas songs

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on July 20, 2017 at 4:33 PM by Elizabeth Land

Staff Note: Notes from the Music Staff is a series of posts discussing what the library offers music fans. From our widely varied collection of music CDs to our nonfiction and fiction books covering all aspects of music, we've got something for everyone and we want to share our love of music with you!

Stories Behind the Best Loved Songs of Christmas by Ace CollinsNow that local radio stations have been playing Christmas songs for weeks now, many people may be wondering just where some of these classic songs originated. We shared that “Jingle Bells” was originally composed for the Thanksgiving season in a previous Music Notes post, but many of the most popular Christmas songs have their own histories.

Listed below are the stories behind some of our favorite Christmas songs.

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