"I never knew how good our songs were until I heard Ella Fitzgerald sing them" -Ira Gershwin
In 1959, jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald and arranger Nelson Riddle released a five-disc, 60-song masterpiece featuring the music of songwriters George & Ira Gershwin — an album that is still considered one of the greatest musical achievements of all time. But how exactly did an Olympian jazz and pop vocalist and remarkable arranger take songs written decades earlier by a legendary pair of brothers, and re-invent them into something both wholly classic and new & contemporary? This is the story of how Ella Fitzgerald helped to define what we now think of as The Great American Songbook.
Join New York Adventure Club as we take a deep dive into the lives and legacy of jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald and songwriters George & Ira Gershwin, along with their legendary musical collaboration surround Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Song Book.
Led by award-winning author Will Friedwald — one of the most respected and widely-read historians of music and popular culture — our epic virtual experience and conversation around these jazz greats will include:
Afterward, we'll have a Q&A with Will — any and all questions about Ella Fitzgerald or The Gershwin brothers are welcomed and encouraged!
Can't make it live? Don't worry, you'll have access to the full replay for one week!
See you there, virtually!
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***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week
Will Friedwald is a featured arts writer for The Wall Street Journal and Vanity Fair, and the award-winning author of ten books on music and popular culture, including the new Straighten Up and Fly Right: The Life and Music of Nat King Cole, as well as A Biographical Guide To The Great Jazz And Pop Singers, Sinatra: The Song Is You, Stardust Melodies, Tony Bennett: The Good Life, Looney Tunes & Merrie Melodies, and Jazz Singing. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.
"Great clips with knowledgeable narrative." -Jyll
"The presentation was full of videos and also humorous." -Lynn
"The clips of Ella were amazing and made it all worth while." -Yvonne
"Great clips. I have never seen them before. The clip from the Sinatra show was especially cool to watch. Great 60s TV production. When I was a kid at Southern Illinois University, I was able to schedule a radio interview with Ella, and the recording was set right after her campus performance. She was utterly exhausted but willing to do the interview---- but I was smart enough to tell her that I respected her situation and would "give her a pass." She and her crew were relieved and they all smiled, and she actually thanked me, a 20 year old kid with a tape recorder. I loved her. It was the best interview I never did! I was thrilled by this presentation." -Harry
"Such great commentary and such great musical selections. He’s so fun to listen to also such a good natured guy." -Sharon
"Entertaining, loved the actual clips of Ella and other entertainers, lots of history was learned, excellent instructor." -Brenda
"The footage that was found for the presentation. It was a good mixture of background, talking and music. It showed the range of her singing." -Arlene
"Engaging, highly knowledgeable presenter sharing superb clips. Loved it." -Steven
"Love the Ella videos of Gershwin standards." -Sarah
"Brilliant commentary & beautiful presentation. Stunning collection of rare footage!" -Barbara
"The material presented was good...both of the Gershwins and Ella...although I think there were some better Ella clips available." -Ronald
"Will’s knowledge is expansive and the clips he finds are extraordinary." -Adrienne
"I found Will's narrative and presentation informative, educational and entertaining. Especially enjoyed the amazing film clips featuring Ella in closeups, showing her passion and warmth as well as brilliant technique." -Arabella
"It was both comprehensive and very moving. It inspired me to seek a copy of the Gershwin Album!" -Martin
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