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Ali Handal Makes Tour Stop in Dayton

May 25, 2018
Ali Handal
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Singer-songwriter Ali Handal made a return visit to Dayton for a performance at SRS Studios. Before the show, she stopped by WYSO studios for an interview and live performance with Niki Dakota on Excursions.

Ali Handal will perform at SRS Studios in Dayton with Paige Beller on Friday, May 25. Learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/events/144477713049617/

Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Brown, Milt (Milton) Jackson, and Timmie Rosenkrantz, Downbeat, New York, N.Y., ca. Sept. 1947
William P. Gottlieb/Ira and Leonore S. Gershwin Fund Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress.

In yesterday's post, I discussed Ella Fitzgerald's involvement in the Jack Webb film Pete Kelly's Blues, and shared her two musical numbers from the movie. I've also discussed in a few posts Ella's career-long desire for a big pop hit she never found.

A third song was written for Ella to sing onscreen, but didn't make it into the film. As a result, it ended up becoming a major hit for another singer.

Singer/songwriter, poet, Nobel laureate, icon...it's hard to imagine modern music without Bob Dylan. This week, The Jewel Case celebrates Mr. Dylan's 77th Birthday with two hours of our favorite covers of the man's catalog, from everyone from Nina Simone to Willie Nelson to Rise Against. It speaks to the quality of your work when it translates across so many musical styles. But first...

Bookends
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Performing as Bookends, Savannah Merlin and Joseph Lawal visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Kaleidoscope. They talked with host Juliet Fromholt about songwriting, recording and more.

Bookends will perform at York St. Cafe in Newport, KY on June 1 with Blue Moon Soup. Learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/bookendsmusicofficial/

Rock the Dock is a new music series in downtown Dayton happening the last Saturday of each month.  The inagural performance will be headlined by Brooks Daugherty and Alex Speller.  Speller and event organizer Tony Herdman visited the WYSO studios for a live, acoustic preview of the event.

The inagural Rock the Dock is Saturday, May 26, 3-11pm at 804 East Monument Ave in downtown Dayton. Learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/rockthedockdayton/

Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Brown, Milt (Milton) Jackson, and Timmie Rosenkrantz, Downbeat, New York, N.Y., ca. Sept. 1947
William P. Gottlieb/Ira and Leonore S. Gershwin Fund Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress.

To mark the end of the first month of Ella 100, today we celebrate the first of only two feature film appearances made by Ella Fitzgerald.

The movie is 1955's Pete Kelly's Blues, a musical crime drama based on an NBC radio drama that ran in summer 1951. A pre-Dragnet Jack Webb starred in the series, and also produced, directed, and starred in the film.

In 1999 I had the pleasure of conducting another interview with Virginia Hamilton. The first time I had Virginia on the program it was a rather unique experience because Virginia had been joined in studio for a joint interview with her husband the poet Arnold Adoff. For this second interview Virginia traveled the half mile or so from her home in Yellow Springs to our studios and I had the opportunity to converse with her again about her incredible body of work.

Conrad's Corner: May 23, 2018

May 23, 2018

Conrad Balliet reads Gary Pacernick's poem, "Jahrzeit"

Leland Sklar and Judith Owen
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Judith Owen and Leland Sklar visited the WYSO studios ahead of the May 25 release of Owen's new album, RedisCOVERed. Owen and Sklar talked with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota and performed their interpretations of Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water", Drake's "Hotline Bling", Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun", and the Beatles' "Blackbird".

Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Brown, Milt (Milton) Jackson, and Timmie Rosenkrantz, Downbeat, New York, N.Y., ca. Sept. 1947
William P. Gottlieb/Ira and Leonore S. Gershwin Fund Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress.

Along with being one of the greatest voices of all time, Ella Fitzgerald was celebrated as one of the world's most talented scat singers - "scatting" being the art of wordless vocal improvisation, essentially an instrumental solo in vocal form.

This track, "Ella Hums the Blues," is the one I chose to play during my Ella 101 on-air promo that runs on WYSO FM. It was recorded in April 1955 for the movie Pete Kelly's Blues, in which Ella has a cameo as a jazz singer. (We'll come back to Pete Kelly's Blues, with more info, in tomorrow's post.)

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