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First Lady of Swing back on the charts, 62 years after live recording at LA's Zardi's Jazzland / uDiscover Music

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The First Lady of Swing is back on the charts, 62 years after her live recording at Zardi's Jazzland in Los Angeles, Ella Fitzgerald has entered the Billboard Jazz Albums and Traditional Jazz Albums charts at No. 1 thanks to the newly released Ella at Zardi's.

Released on 1 Dec CD/digital via Verve Records, the live album got the chart boost thanks to a Record Store Day-exclusive double-vinyl release on 21 April. Limited to just 1,500 copies, the exclusive versions pressed on pink and blue LPs sold out the day it was released.

As part of Ella's centennial run of reissues, Ella At Zardi's was a rare gem for jazz fans, capturing Ella's unparalleled vocal dexterity at a time before she was a household name. The live album features 21 tracks and includes two of her sets from her 2 February 1956 performances, backed by a trio comprised of pianist Don Abney, bassist Vernon Alley and drummer Frank Capp.

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