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Conrad's Corner: May 13, 2018

May 13, 2018

Conrad Balliet reads Ed Davis' poem, "Crows"

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.

Old pals Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong teamed up in the late 1940s when she was on the Decca label, but it's their three albums for Verve Records that are most remembered. The first of those, 1956's Ella and Louis (note that Ella was such a huge star at the time that she was billed ahead of beloved living legend Armstrong), was so pristine and so well received that a year ago, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Conrad's Corner: May 12, 2018

May 12, 2018

Judy Johnson reads her poem, "The Drought"

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.

1964's Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Johnny Mercer Songbook, despite often being forgotten among her Verve output, is a beautiful work that is significant for many reasons: it was her fifth and final collaboration with Nelson Riddle arranging and conducting, it was the final entry in her Songbook series, it's the only Songbook album that focused on the work of a lyricist.

Conrad's Corner: May 11, 2018

May 11, 2018

Lori Gravley reads her poem, "Slow Motion Disaster"

In 1996 at the time this interview was recorded Virginia Hamilton was probably the best known author then living in Ohio. I had the opportunity to interview Virginia along with her husband, the poet Arnold Adoff, in conversation together with me. That was a very special day in the Book Nook.

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.

This fun recording was the lead track from Ella Swings Brightly With Nelson, the first of a back-to-back pair of albums Ella Fitzgerald and Nelson Riddle released in 1962. At the 5th Annual Grammy Awards, Ella won Best Vocal Performance for this album (her 7th win since the award's inception).

Interestingly enough, after yesterday's post from her miserable late '60s period at Capitol Records, this album was recorded November 14, 1961 at the Capitol Records Tower (Riddle's home base) but for her home label, Verve.

Answer Songs take an existing tune and tell it from another point of view, pick up where the original left off, or otherwise tweak another composition. Sometimes they're nothing but a quick cash grab; other times they end up topping the original version. But first....

Conrad's Corner: May 10, 2018

May 10, 2018

David Lee Garrison reads his poem, "What My Great Aunt Said"

Lord Kimbo
courtesy of the band

Lord Kimbo returned to the WYSO studios, nearly four years after their first appearance.  The band, now a quartet, performed live on Kaleidoscope and talked about expanding their lineup, upcoming gigs and more.

Lord Kimbo will perform at Peach's in Yellow Springs on May 25 and at Dayton Side Show on May 26 at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton.  Follow the band at: https://www.facebook.com/lordkimbo

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