Some songwriters have a greater ability to pluck classic songs from the ether than others, so what sets the great ones apart from the rest?
On 25 January 1956, Ella Fitzgerald recorded for Verve Records for the very first time. It was the beginning of a resurgence in the singer's career.
The set, featuring such pianists as Ellis Larkins, Paul Smith and Oscar Peterson, will be released by Verve Records/UMe on 13 March.
Recorded in 1959, Ella Fitzgerald Sings The George and Ira Gershwin Song Book is one of the greatest vocal performances of the 20th century.
Breathing new life into songs we’ve heard many times before, the Have Yourself A Jazz Christmas playlist features the best Christmas jazz songs out there.
Artists have always tried to go one better than Bing Crosby’s White Christmas, the song that arguably defines the holiday season like no other.
Yuletide classics by everyone from Frank Sinatra to Paul McCartney and Jackson 5… the best Christmas songs of all time are the gifts that keeps on giving.
The best Freddie Mercury songs reveal an artist committed to exploring all avenues of expression. “I can dream up all kinds of things,” he said.
In 1985, 'The Legend Of Billie Holiday' put the great singer's name on the UK LP chart for the first time.
The new film, directed by Oscar and Emmy-winning Roger Ross Williams, charts the history and legacy of New York's famous Apollo Theatre.
The subject of evil will remain one of interest to songwriters, no matter how controversial & unsettling. The Devil does indeed get some of the best songs.
Still known at this time by the name she came to dislike, Mama Cass, she released her debut solo album in October 1968.
Louis Armstrong is at his best on a group of solid standards, while Oscar Peterson provides fresh tasteful backing.
Before Ella Fitzgerald covered 'Mack The Knife', Louis Armstrong had the original hit in 1955 and proved to be Louis’s biggest hit for years.
Touring will continue as long as there are new ears to listen to music. The desire for success, money and creative fulfilment will remain, but for many musicians, it is an essential...