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Don Byron released Love, Peace, and Soul with his New Gospel Quintet on Feb. 21.

Read Gospel Meets Jazz, With Unpredictable Results

March 12, 2012 – Two recent albums offer contrasting perspectives on the intersection of two American music styles.


Norman Granz at his office in July 1987.

Read The Man Who Used Jazz For Justice

October 20, 2011 – Granz put artists like Ella Fitzgerald into concert halls while striking a blow for civil rights.

Ella Fitzgerald: Putting all her Easter eggs in one basket.

Read Hop And Bop: Jazz For Easter WESA

April 21, 2011 – Grab some chocolate bunnies and hear five jazz songs to help you hop into the Easter spirit. WESA

Ella Fitzgerald performs with the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band in 1947. That's Gillespie to her right, in complete awe.

Read The Music Of 'Ella!' On JazzSet WBGO

September 15, 2011 – Dee Dee Bridgewater and Janis Siegel sing Ella Fitzgerald at the Kennedy Center. WBGO


Kid plays in front of a fire hydrant; credit: vcferry via Flickr

Read Too Darn Hot: Jazz For The Heat WESA

July 12, 2010 – Beat the heat with an iced beverage in hand and these five jazz songs in the background. WESA

Ella Fitzgerald

Listen Ella Fitzgerald: America's First Lady Of Song

March 29, 2010 – Her "scat" singing was as dazzling as her simplest melodic statements.


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Listen Ella Fitzgerald: A Trove Of Club Treasures

January 27, 2010 – Critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a new compilation of unreleased recordings Fitzgerald made in 1961.


Read Singers In The Rain: Jazz Amid The Deluge Jazz24

November 2, 2009 – Let Gene Kelly, Patrica Barber and Mahalia Jackson provide a soundtrack for November showers. Jazz24

Cole Porter contributed many songs to the Great American Songbook,  including "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "I Get a Kick Out of You."

Read Get To Know: The Cole Porter Songbook Jazz24

June 8, 2009 – Celebrate Porter's birthday with covers by Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Nellie McKay and more. Jazz24

Read Anne-Sophie Mutter's Musical Moments

October 17, 2008 – The German violin diva reveals what she likes to listen to when she's not practicing.

Ella Fitzgerald.

Read Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady Of Song WESA

April 23, 2008 – Fitzgerald's three-octave range and pure tone made her one of the most recognized voices in jazz. WESA

Broken Heart.

Read A Lost Love Is Hard: Jazz Singers Understand Jazz24

February 11, 2008 – Hear heartbreaking songs of love lost, performed by some of the greatest jazz singers of all time. Jazz24

Listen The Year's Best Jazz CDs WBGO

December 25, 2007 – WBGO host Gary Walker shares his favorite jazz recordings of 2007, led by the late Michael Brecker. WBGO


Autumn in Central Park.

Read Central Park Jazz: Autumn in New York WESA

November 8, 2007 – If you're daydreaming about New York while the leaves change, here's a soundtrack, courtesy of WDUQ. WESA

Ella Fitzgerald, circa 1973.

Listen Ella Fitzgerald, 'First Lady Of Song'

June 13, 2007 – With Fitzgerald, you don't just recognize her voice; the sound of it makes you feel good.


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