© 2004 – Routledge
368 pages | 31 B/W Illus.
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