Today’s lesson will introduce us to the First Lady of jazz, Ella Fitzgerald. We will also sing a special version of Duke Ellington’s Take The A Train and go on a trip to the pond in Harlem.

Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald turned to singing after a troubled childhood and debuted at the Apollo Theater in 1934. Discovered in an amateur contest, she went on to become the top female jazz singer for decades. In 1958, Fitzgerald made history as the first African American woman to win a Grammy Award. Due in no small part to her vocal quality, with lucid intonation and a broad range, the singer would go on to win 13 Grammys in total and sell more than 40 million albums. Her multi-volume “songbooks” on Verve Records are among America’s recording treasures.

Ella Fitzgerald Worksheet