Ella Jane Fitzgerald, known as the "First Lady of Song" and "Lady Ella," was born on April 25, 1917.  Ella was an American jazz and song vocalist who interpreted much of the Great American Songbook.  She became the most popular female jazz vocalist in the U.S. for more than half a century.


Following a troubled childhood, Ella Fitzgerald, whom had a passion for dancing, went on to compete as a dancer at the Apollo Theater in 1934. Due to intimidation by the dancers (The Edward Sisters) who were on the stage, she decided to sing instead of dance.  That night, she won the top prize of $25.00 for singing.  She then 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 to her vocal quality, with clear intonation and storytelling through song, 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 performed songs from great composers including Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, and the Gershwins.  She collaborated with many artists including Louis Armstrong, Billy Strayhorn, and Oscar Peterson.


Ella Fitzgerald ("First Lady of Song") passed away quietly at her home in California, July 15, 1996, at the age of 79.  She left behind a wonderful legacy and a great body of artistic work in jazz.


Yvette Norwood-Tiger ("First Lady of Jazz South Florida") and her jazz ensemble honors Ella Fitzgerald's memory with Ella's vocal styling while emphasizing intonation and storytelling in the tradition of Ella Fitzgerald. 


Yvette Norwood-Tiger has performed worldwide and peforms A'LA ELLA! at famous and historic jazz venue where Ella Fitzgerald once sung including the Cotton Club in Harlem, NY, Royal Albert Hall in London, England, BOZAR in Brussels, Belgium and other famous concert venues.


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