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Ella Fitzgerald - Ella at Zardi's' hits No. 1 on billboard Jazz Albums Chart

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Sixty-two years after its original recording at the now-defunct Zardi's Jazzland in Los Angeles, Ella Fitzgerald's Ella at Zardi's re-enters both the billboard Jazz Albums and Traditional Jazz Albums charts at No. 1.  The live album -- which was released Dec. 1 on CD/digital via Verve Records -- sold a little under 2,000 copies in the week ending April 26, according to Nielsen Music. The album bests its previous No. 11 peak on Jazz Albums and No. 8 on Traditional Jazz Albums. The re-entry was sparked by a Record Store Day-exclusive double-vinyl edition of the set on April 21. Essentially all of its sales in the latest tracking week came from the vinyl album, pressed on pink and blue opaque LPs. The release was limited to just 1,500 copies, and the run effectively sold out on Record Store Day.

The Jazz Albums chart ranks the top selling contemporary and traditional jazz albums of the week in the U.S. Those two sub-categories of jazz are also represented, respectively, on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Albums and Traditional Jazz Albums charts. The former launched in 1987, while the latter list started in 1967. PHOTO: Paul Hoeffler/Redferns

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