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Jane Monheit: The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald

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Among vocal-jazz projects, surely the most ambitious and sublime is Ella Fitzgerald’s near-decade-long series of eight releases saluting giants of the Great American Songbook. Initiated by Norman Granz in 1956 to ignite his fledgling Verve label, the landmark project continued through 1964, spanning more than 250 compositions from Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, the Gershwin brothers, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern and Johnny Mercer. Now, 60 years since that project’s inception, Jane Monheit pays tribute with a 12-song program that touches on most of the masters, with Kern curiously omitted.

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