Ella Fitzgerald: The Chick Webb Years & Beyond
The Jazz Itineraries series, a new format based on Ken Vail's successful Jazz Diaries, charts the careers of famous jazz musicians, listing club and concert appearances with details of recording sessions and movie appearances. Copiously illustrated with contemporary photographs, newspaper extracts, record and performance reviews, ads and posters, the series provides a fascinating insight into the lives of the greatest jazz musicians of our times. No.2 in the series, co-authored by Ron Fritts, Ella Fitzgerald: The Chick Webb Years & Beyond 1935?1948, chronicles Ella?s life from her discovery and development by Chick Webb, the shock of Webb?s early death, her years as a bandleader, her success as a solo singer, marriage to Ray Brown and her first tour of England.
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1937 Ella Fitzgerald Apollo Theatre April Auditorium BEVERLY PEER bass BILL BEASON drums Blues CHICK WEBB drums Chick Webb Orchestra Club Cootie Williams Decca December DICK VANCE Dizzy Gillespie Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra February Fitzgerald closes Fitzgerald opens Fitzgerald records FITZGERALD vocal Four Keys GEORGE MATTHEWS Harlem Howard Theatre Illinois Jacquet Illinois Jacquet Group Ink Spots January JOHN TRUEHEART JOHN TRUEHEART guitar July June March McRAE tenor sax/baritone Monday NAT STORY NBC network nighter November October one-week engagement opens a one-week Orchestra for Decca play a dance play a one-nighter record for Decca Royal Theatre SANDY WILLIAMS SANDY WILLIAMS trombones Saturday Savoy Ballroom singing Sunday Swing TAFT JORDAN TAFT JORDAN trumpets TEDDY McRAE TEDDY McRAE tenor tenor sax/baritone sax Theatre in Baltimore Theatre in Chicago Theatre in Washington Thursday TOMMY FULFORD piano Tuesday WAYMAN CARVER Webb Orchestra broadcast Webb Orchestra close Webb Orchestra open Webb Orchestra play Wednesday week engagement York City