Complete 1940 Nbc Broadcasts
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Featuring Taft Jordan & Roger "Ram" Ramírez. Arrangements by Edgar Sampson.
The four complete broadcasts (40 tracks in total: 10 tracks per broadcast) presented here constitute the only existing live documents from her last period with the Chick Webb Orchestra, which was relabelled "Ella Fitzgerald and Her Famous Orchestra", right after the sudden death of the legendary bandleader.
Young Ella singing live at the Savoy and Roseland ballrooms in New York at the beginning of her brilliant career!
Ella Fitzgerald and her Famous Orchestra: Ella Fitzgerald (vcl, dir), Taft Jordan (tp, vc), Irving Randolph, Dick Vance (tp), George Matthews, Nat Story, Sandy Williams (tb), Garvin Bushell, Hilton Jefferson, Wayman Carver, Teddy McRae (saxes, cl), Roger Ramirez (p), John Trueheart (g), Beverley Peer (b), Bill Beason (d).
CD 1: #1-10: Savoy Ballroom, New York, Jan 22, 1940.
#11-20: Savoy Ballroom, New York, Jan 25, 1940.
CD 2: #1-10: Roseland Ballroom, New York, February 26, 1940.
#11-20: Roseland Ballroom, New York, March 4, 1940.