Ella Fitzgerald Sings Gershwin

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What are some good jazz tunes that two women can sing together?

What are some good jazz tunes that two women can sing together?

Posted by Bella
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Ah jazz is so much fun!

You can take like any song that's done by a solo artist, and add some harmonies or sing back and forth to each other and it'll sound good. Maybe even add a scatting section if you have a jazz combo that can play for you 🙂

Lyrics wise, for two girls to sing to each other.. Suggestions would be…

I Got Rhythm, by George and Ira Gershwin
Sing, Sing, Sing by Benny Goodman
Summertime, by George Gershwin… Sung popularly by Ella Fitzgerald
It Don't Mean A Thing, If It Ain't Got That Swing… Duke Ellington I think?

And some songs that have jazz influence but aren't necessarily FULL on jazz style would be
"The Chain" by Norah Jones– it has an absolutely gorgeous feel and just perfect for a duet or even trio

I've also done "Moon River" before too as a duet. We just used a backup acoustic guitar, and then another time i just played some nice broken chords on piano with our voices.

I know some of these songs might seem pretty cliche and well known, but I think it's really cool to take well known songs and put your own ideas into them. Just add little things to make it cool, change up the arrangement of the song, anything is fun 🙂

Hope you find a good choice!

What Ella Fitzgerald album do you like the most?

Posted by Swimmer
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Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Gershwin Songbook [BOX SET] [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED]

Audio CD (May 19, 1998)
Original Release Date: January 5, 1959
Number of Discs: 4
Label: Polygram Records
ASIN: B000006P6L

Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook is a 1959 album by the great American jazz singer (focusing on the songs of George and Ira Gershwin), recorded with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, marking the first time that Ella and Riddle had worked together. This album is without question the largest single recording project that Ella worked on, and it is surely one of the most ambitious achievements in Western popular music.

The album cover is an original portrait of Ella Fitzgerald by the French artist Bernard Buffet, starting a tradition of using contemporary artists for Ella's albums, the artwork of Henri Matisse gracing the cover of her Harold Arlen Songbook (1961).

Riddle arranged 59 Gershwin compositions for the album, including the two orchestral suites which open the album. Though Fitzgerald was 22 years old at the time George Gershwin died, Ira Gershwin was still alive to see this project completed, and helped contribute lyrics and support to some songs on the album which had never been recorded before. It was of this project that led Ira Gershwin to say that he had "never known how good our songs were until I heard Ella sing them."

Ella Fitzgerald was 41 when she recorded this album, and the peak of her vocal powers, demonstrated in the earlier Duke Ellington Songbook, and her two greatest live albums from this period, Ella in Berlin (1960) and Ella in Rome (1958). Like the other songbooks devoted to the Broadway composers, Ella gets only a single outlet for her incredible scat singing, on the epic "I Got Rhythm."

Ella's recording of "But Not for Me" won her the 1960 Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance, Female.

Favorite Tracks:

Nice Work If You Can Get It
How Long Has This Been Going On?
Someone to Watch Over Me Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuHgGsP1e…
They All Laughed
I've Got a Crush on You Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZESj6GpJ…
Treat Me Rough
Our Love is Here to Stay
Love Walked In
They Can't Take That Away from Me Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOpl-glNG…
Embraceable You Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RF1yQMPME…
Somebody Loves Me.

Who originally sings this song?

I don't know what it's called..it is sang by a woman in a slow easy jazz tune.I know part of the lyrics

"Summertime, and the livin’ is easy, fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high"

I want to sing this for choir.

I need the artist and the name of the song and possibly a video link.

Please/Thank you 🙂

PS. Please don't just googled the lyrics and give me the name of the first person who pops up..

Posted by ✿Shygirl✿
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It's called Summertime. I found a video where it is sung by Ella Fitzgerald. Written by George Gershwin. Here's the link. I HAVE THE PIANO MUSIC TOO W/ THE WORDS IF YOU WANT IT. :)))))
It was written for the 1935 opera "Porgy and Bess." The lyrics are by DuBose and Dorothy Heyward and Ira Gershwin. It was inspired by a Ukrainian lullaby that Gershwin heard in an NYC performance by Oleksander Koshetz's Ukrainian National Chorus.
Valerie ♥

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