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Ella Fitzgerald

Jazz Artist

Newport News, Virginia

Affectionately known as the “First Lady of Song” or the “Queen of Jazz” Ella Fitzgerald remains one of the most popular jazz musicians of all time. Her melodic vocals, revered for their precision and simple beauty opened doors for her at a time when “separate but equal” was an American way of life.

Ella Fitzgerald Singing

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During her lifetime, Fitzgerald garnered 14 Grammy Awards and sold over 40 million albums. She produced legendary collaborations with jazz greats including Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Nat King Cole.

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