Happy Talk: Listen to the Room Where Ella Fitzgerald Sang

Inside the Sunset Boulevard building that busted racial barriers. As you listen to Ella Fitzgerald sing “Take the ‘A’ Train,” try to also listen around it and through it. Listen to the song as it begins—Lou Levy’s piano warming up through the applause—and listen to the final seconds after it finishes, the band in brief[…]

Ella Fitzgerald: The Voice that Shattered Glass

How Ella Fitzgerald’s cassette campaign fueled a late-career renaissance. It’s the stuff of legends: an urban legend and a jazz legend combining into a legendary advertising campaign. In 1970, the Leo Burnett ad agency in Chicago had an imaginative idea for selling Memorex’s new line of blank cassette tapes. They’d prove the old myth that[…]