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MIM commemorates Ella Fitzgerald's 100th birthday / The Arizona Republic

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Ella Fitzgerald acquired a handful of nicknames that speak to her legend through the years – the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz, Lady Ella. The vocalist – who died in 1996 at age 79 – is prized for her phrasing, her tone and her improvisational talents, most often expressed in the form of scatting. After grabbing the national spotlight with a 1938 recording of "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" with the Chick Webb Orchestra, the singer went on to record such beloved jazz standards as "Dream a Little Dream of Me," "Cheek to Cheek," "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall" and "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)." 

The Musical Instrument Museum will commemorate the star's 100th birthday with two days of film screenings, lectures and such activities as a custom photo booth that allows you to recreate that Fitzgerald era of show biz. The event is presented in conjunction with the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation.

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