Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A Rare Find - And Now It Can Be YOURS!

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Ella Fitzgerald’s birthday on April 25, 2017, Dot Time Records Legend Series marks the milestone by making available never-before released music of Ella Fitzgerald. 
“Live at Chautauqua -Volume 2” is the second half of her sold-out concert that took place at the historic Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater in Western New York near Lake Erie. It features Tee Carson and his trio consisting of Keter Betts on bass and Joe Harris on drums.
Jerry Roche, who heads the Legend Series of Dot Time Records, said, “With these previously unreleased recordings we are blessed to hear her again in great voice while handling a fine set of standards and new material”.
Ella-Fitzgerald-Libe-At-Chautauqua-Vol-2-1200x1200-72dpiThese previously unreleased recordings have quite a history. Gina Alley-Crook, who inherited the recording from her father-in-law stated: “I first came across this recording when my husband brought it back from his father’s collection of things from his early years as a musician. 
"Having been a child of the late 60’s and early 70’s,  I was thrilled to hold the reel to reel recording of Ella Fitzgerald. The Chautauqua Institute did not usually record their musical events but Ella gave permission to record that evening’s performance. Later that year, my father-in-law who volunteered at the Institute from time to time, was gifted the reel to reel. It has been in my family for more than four decades. One of my greatest passions is preserving history. I knew someday that someone would hear how special this recording was.”
This May, Dot Time Records will release the 1st edition (“The Standard Oil Sessions”) of their Louis Armstrong Legacy Series comprising four albums of previously unreleased recordings from Louis Armstrong’s personal collection arranged through a licensing agreement with the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation.
What more could the jazz lover want, previously unheard recordings from Ella and Louis – A match made in heaven. 

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