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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 12

Music Notes: Jazz Appreciation Month

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on July 12, 2017 at 4:56 PM 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!

Essential Nina SimoneThe National Museum of History celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month during April. That makes it a great time for you to discover this essential genre of music.

Jazz music is America’s indigenous art form; improvisation is a very important part. Players make up solos on the spot (improvise), which requires considerable skill. There is tremendous variety in jazz, but it is very rhythmic (syncopation), has forward momentum called "swing," and uses "bent" or "blue" notes. Dixieland, swing, bebop, acid jazz, hard bop, fusion — these are only a few types of jazz. You often hear "call-and-response" patterns in jazz, in which one instrument, voice, or part of the band answers another. Jazz can express many different emotions, from pain to sheer joy. In jazz, you may hear the sounds of freedom — for it has been a powerful voice for people suffering unfair treatment.

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