April 25th 2017 marked the 100th birthday of Ella Fitzgerald, “The First Lady of Song”, also known as the “Queen of Jazz”. Her first performance experience was as a young girl in a tap dance contest. She was overcome with stage fright that she couldn’t move and not knowing what else to do, she started to sing. Much to her surprise, the audience was delighted and applauded wildly.
Ella Fitzgerald was noted for her purity of tone, perfect diction and phrasing and her flawlessly improvised scat singing, with her pure horn-like vocal quality. She had a naturally flawless technique in true Bel Canto form.