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May 24

‘Ella Fitzgerald Songbooks, Part II: Duke Ellington’ Webinar

May 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

Can’t make it live? Register and get access to the full replay for one week!
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In 1957, the greatest composer and bandleader in all of American music, Duke Ellington, went into the recording studio for the first time with the most miraculous of all jazz singers, Ella Fitzgerald. The resulting album, Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Duke Ellington Songbook, was the beginning of a decades-long collaboration that pooled together their artistic imaginations and star power in incredibly creative ways. It’s time to explore the entire history of the sainted collaboration and their legendary work like never before.

Join New York Adventure Club as we take a deep dive into the historic collaborations of jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald. In Part II, we’ll explore the legendary musical collaboration between Ella and Duke Ellington, and their body of work that is more magnificent than anything either of them had achieved on their own.

Led by award-winning author Will Friedwald — one of the most respected and widely-read historians of music and popular culture — our epic virtual experience and conversation around these jazz greats will include:

  • The great Ellington songs that Ella made shine even brighter, from well-known classics like Take the A Train to lesser known gems like Lush Life
  • A discussion of Ella and Duke’s first TV appearance
  • Stories of their music companies touring Europe in the 1960s
  • A look at some of their greatest collaborative albums, including Ella At Duke’s Place (1966) and Duke Ellington & Ella Fitzgerald At The Cote D’Azur (1966)
  • An analysis of amazing performances from all over the world, such as Stockholm, Paris, Hollywood, and other far-flung locales
  • How Ella connected with Duke’s sidemen, from such legendary musicians Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, and Ben Webster, to Cootie Williams, Cat Anderson, and other fabulous “Ellingtonians”

Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Will — any and all questions about Ella Fitzgerald or Duke Ellington are welcomed and encouraged!

Can’t make it live? Don’t worry, you’ll have access to the full replay for one week!

See you there, virtually!

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***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week

About Will

Will Friedwald is a featured arts writer for The Wall Street Journal and Vanity Fair, and the award-winning author of ten books on music and popular culture, including the new Straighten Up and Fly Right: The Life and Music of Nat King Cole, as well as A Biographical Guide To The Great Jazz And Pop Singers, Sinatra: The Song Is You, Stardust Melodies, Tony Bennett: The Good Life, Looney Tunes & Merrie Melodies, and Jazz Singing. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.

Ella Fitzgerald Songbooks Series

Part I: George & Ira Gershwin

Part II: Duke Ellington

Part III: Nat King Cole & Cole Porter


“Will continues to present an excellent webinar with great music, videos and insights.” -Cynthia

“EVERYTHING!!!!! (particularly the video clips)” -Maria

“I enjoyed the presenter, the moderator, the content.” -Brenda

“Fantastic music! The footage of these extraordinary performances was a pleasure to watch. We always appreciate the enthusiasm, expertise, and good spirits Mr. Friedwald brings to the table.” -Bee

“Watching Will’s knowledge put to use. It is very entertaining. And the content is very entertaining. Loved it.” -Phyllis

“The added stories making the presentation personal like.” -Olga

“Great video clips of performances through several decades.” -Nina

“Will does a great job!” -Melinda

“Hearing the music, seeing the photos, and the information and background.” -Deborah

“EVERYTHING!!!” -Maria

“Presented many performances that I never knew existed.” -Ken

“The presenter and the content.” -Ron

“I loved all the footage, all the songs and learning about Ella Fitzgerald.” -Debra

“Will always give a great presentation with a lot of clips…..but please read the next section.” -Cynthia

“The videos of Ella performing.” -Anthony

“The information about the music & the music.” -Donna

“The presenter – EXTREMELY engaging and fun!! And the material – can’t wait for the next session, Ella is FANTASTIC!!!” -Maria

“Presented a wide range of Gershwin songs as performed by Ella Fitzgerald, with a combination of information and video presentation.” -Ken

“Fantastic music, rare footage, and valuable context! As always, it’s a pleasure to hear Mr. Friedwald’s perspective on the great jazz artists!” -Bee

“It brought the range of Ella Fitzgerald’s talent to the fore.” -Nina

“The video Ella performances were great–esp liked Ella with Sammy Davis.” -Deborah

“The host and the subject matter.” -Anthony

“The comments and background info given by the host. Overall, it was a nicely put together event that featured great music and interesting info.” -Dianne

“Access to content not readily or widely available.” -James

“I love the presenter Will Friedwall.” -Angela

“Hearing Ella and the historical aspect Will presents.” -Jane

“Mr. Friedwald is superb – He is so knowledgeable, so passionate about what he is presenting, and has the best clips to share.” -Jane

“The extensive knowledge of the presenter and the rare clips of Ella’s live performances, which really captured the subject.” -Roxann


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