Ella Fitzgerald: A Biography of the First Lady of Jazz

Ella Fitzgerald: A Biography of the First Lady of JazzStuart Nicholson S Biography Of Ella Fitzgerald Is Considered A Classic In Jazz Literature Drawing On Original Documents, Interviews, And New Information, Nicholson Draws A Complete Picture Of Fitzgerald S Professional And Personal Life Fitzgerald Rose From Being A Pop Singer With Chart Novelty Hits In The Late 30s To Become A Bandleader And Then One Of The Greatest Interpreters Of American Popular Song Along With Billie Holiday, She Virtually Defined The Female Voice In Jazz, And Countless Others Followed In Her Wake And Acknowledged Her Enormous Influence Also Includes Two 8 Page Inserts. Stuart nicholson s biography of the life of the Queen of Jazz Ella Fitzgerald was great He wrote about the life of Ella in a way that made you feel like you were growing up as she did experiencing everything as she did In the book the author tells about the obstacles that she came across in her life and what made her into the strong successful women that she was Where having strong beliefs and dreams could get you if you wanted it enough The author gives you details and insight on important events in her life that you may have not known.In the book Ella mourns the loss of her parents at a young age where she needed them the most Soon after Ella began on a down spiral Going in and o
I love Ella s music But even my love of Ella can t stop me from thinking that this is one of the worst biographies I have ever read It is simply a Wikipedia entry of Ella s albums and concerts. I think the writer wo
This would probably get 5 stars for a serious student of music history For the reader just interested in learning about Fitzgerald s life, the book is a bit dry The heavy focus on performance and recording dates, venues, contracts, and personnel reflects thorough research and information much of which went over this reader s head However, this also points to the primary aspect of Fitzgerald she lived to perform, her work was her life A few incidents about her life are reported, and at the end there is a very interesting comparison between Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday but the fact is that Fitzgerald lived a clean life without the drama that yields good narrative script She had a poor background but worked hard to become one of the foremost jazz singers wi
I am interested in reading about Ella Fitzgerald s life I am not interested in reading Mr Nicholson s opinions on her swing era repertoire, where he takes a giant steaming dump on her music of that time frame and later periods where those songs resurface His opinions are out of place contextually, are unnecessary to further our knowledge of the subject, and cast a shadow over the story of Ella s life, as though you were reading her story through the lens of a whiny, bitter critic who only cares about her contributions to bebop and doesn t appreciate her vast talents becaus
Ella Fitzgerald led a fascinating life, from growing up during the Great Depression and doing her first audition as a teenager that was living on the street, dirty and dressed in ragged clothes, to living in luxury as the
Stuart Nicholson has done an excellent job of revealing Ella Fitzgerald s life His research was extensive and his insight on how music changed in her lifetime is very compelling The only drawback, in my opinion, is the denseness of his writing Though, it i
Hearing Ella Fitzgerald finesse the Gershwin songbook is one of my earliest, strongest childhood memories The magic of her singing spoiled me for good Nicholson s well researched book gave me such an appreciation for the incredible poverty, racism, and sexism she overcame to share her singular talent with the world He acknowledges her eagerness to please caused her to often choose inferior material to sing, but he clearly revered her superlative diction, clarity, and range He acknowledges that many find Billie Holliday superior as an artist, and while I adore Lady Day s work as well, I feel that Ella deserves all the accolades she lived to receive Her drug of choice was f
Good combo of her personal and professional life, including some insights into the prevailing practices of the music industry at certain times Well researched and included a number of primary sources Great discography info. Great book, but a lot of unneeded detailsm I prefer information about the artist s personal life and less about her professional performances in many venues Ella maintained a distance between herself and her public, and I respect that Nevertheless, I had hoped to learn about