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After six decades in the vault, Verve releases: 'Ella at Zardi's' for Ella Fitzgerald centennial

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Ella Fitzgerald was a big star on the cusp of something bigger when she began an engagement at Zardi's Jazzland, in the heart of Hollywood, during the first several weeks of 1956. A jazz singer of unerring instinct and peerless ebullience, she had just left Decca to become the first artist on Verve Records, founded expressly for that purpose by her manager, Norman Granz. Tape was rolling during one night of the run, and it captured Fitzgerald in relaxed, magnificent form at a pivotal moment in her career. But the recording has never circulated, sitting in the label vault for more than 60 years. It will finally see daylight, bringing a finishing flourish to Fitzgerald's centennial celebration, with the release of Ella at Zardi's on Dec. 1.  

 

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