About the Artists I love
As I mentioned in the "About Me" page, my favourite old time artists are Glenn Miller, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, Stan Getz and Benny Goodman. More contemporary ones are Basia, Michael Bublé, Bob James, Earl Klugh, Diana Krall, Norah Jones and Caro Emerald.
So with a little help from the internet, I'll put together some relevant information about these great artists and include a few of their tracks.
I was introduced formally to the music of The Glenn Miller orchestra at the tender age of 12, when my music teacher at the secondary school I attended put on one of his LPs for us school bandsmen to hear what a real orchestra sounded like. We were young and none of us had ever attended a concert. Most likely, none of our parents had a STEREO system in our homes and had probably only heard his music on the radio (we called it the wireless back then), so we were amazed by this rich sound of Trombones, Clarinets and Trumpets, the core brass instruments we had in the school at this time. I fell in love with this music as did many of my band mates and we worked really hard to emulate their sound.
Mr Alton Glenn Miller was born in Clarinda Iowa on the first of March 1904. He went to school in North Platte, Western Nebraska before moving with his parents to Grant City Missouri in 1915, where he played Trombone in the town orchestra, though he started off on the cornet and mandolin first. He was famous for many years with his own brand of swing and forever associated with the classic Moonlight Serenade. I cry when I watch "The Glenn Miller Story" whenever it's shown on TV.
Read More about Glenn HERE.
I honesty can't recall the first time I heard Ella sing but I remember her music again from being on the radio at home whilst growing up. I think her range and subleties in the music she sang, made an impact on me in my early twenties. I went to a jaxx club in london with a buch of friends, my first and the singer there was almost Ella's double in both looks and sound. Like when I first hear Glenn Miller, the hairs on the back of my neck were up and I was transfixed. Sadly I didn't remember to note her name and time has now erased it. But every time I hear an Ella Fitzgerald track, I fall in love with her all over again.
Ella was born in Virginia and raised in New York where she sang professionally from the age of 16. In October 2019, I had the great privilege to meet, talk with and listen to JOANNA EDEN, who sang a whole concert set of Ellas songs as a tribute. Joanna has been equally enthralled with Ella and sings many of her songs on her records.
Read More about Ella HERE.