Ella Fitzgerald: A Biography of the First Lady of Jazz, Updated Edition, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Ella Fitzgerald

A Biography of the First Lady of Jazz, Updated Edition, 1st Edition

By Stuart Nicholson


368 pages | 31 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2004-06-17
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Stuart Nicholson's biography of Ella Fitzgerald is considered a classic in jazz literature. Drawing on original documents, interviews, and new information, Nicholson draws a complete picture of Fitzgerald's professional and personal life. Fitzgerald rose from being a pop singer with chart-novelty hits in the late '30s to become a bandleader and then one of the greatest interpreters of American popular song. Along with Billie Holiday, she virtually defined the female voice in jazz, and countless others followed in her wake and acknowledged her enormous influence. Also includes two 8-page inserts.


"That rarity among jazz biographies--a thoroughly researched and carefully considered study that is also a delightful read." -- Downbeat

"Erudite and intelligent." -- Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Stuart Nicholson is a celebrated jazz writer. He is the author of several award-winning books, including a biography of Billie Holiday and a history of Jazz-Rock. He has contributed to major newspapers, from the New York Times to the Manchester Guarding , and major jazz publications including Downbeat 0 and Jazz Times . He lives in Woodlands St.-Mary, Berkshire, England.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Composers & Musicians
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts
MUSIC / General
MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Jazz