September 1st, 2013 by harlemhouse

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Ella Fitzgerald was known as the “Queen of Jazz“.   An American jazz vocalist with impeccable diction, phrasing and a vocal range spanning three octaves.  She would create and change the notes spontaneously with an effortless improvisational style in perfect pitch while we all watch and listen in awe.  There was no auto tuning here.  There were no simple three note melodies.  This was the real deal.  Ella set the bar high for everyone to follow.  Whether you are a lover of jazz or not, it would be difficult not to recognize her God-given talent.

Listen and witness a master at work giving off a joyous smile as she makes it all look so simple.  Especially with her style of scat singing.  I wonder who can sing like her today out of all our new singers?  I hope that there is someone, or that a young talent will grow and meet her expertise someday.

She really had something special and gave us everything, every time with every recording and live performance.  Take a minute to read a bit of history on this musical genius Ella Fitzgerald.

Here she is performing a live 7:00 minute uptempo version of “The Man I love.”

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November 9th, 2012 by harlemhouse

With fall in the air and winter almost here, there are plenty of music venues coming up in Harlem to keep us warm.  If you haven’t had the pleasure of hearing Boncellia Lewis perform yet you can catch her on Saturday, November 17th, for a special one-woman tribute to the great Ella Fitzgerald.

To purchase tickets for this event see information below or visit Ginny’s website Ginny’s Supper Club

Ginny’s Supper Club | Red Rooster
310 Lenox Avenue
New York, NY 10027
(212) 421 – 3821

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September 6th, 2011 by harlemhouse

By HarlemHouse

Volume Two of “Keepin’ It Soul” by RhythmDB is available now on itunes and Podbean.  With music by Jill Scott, Kindred The Family Soul, Jay Z , Kelly Price, Raw Artistic Soul, Jennifer Hudson, DJ Jazzy Jeff & much more.  A variety of new and old Soul, Jazz, R&B, Downbeats and Mellow House blended together in a smooth collection by RhythmDB.   For full Playlist see below.

Links… Available now on iTunes FREE DOWNLOAD through HarlemCondoLife and also on RhythmDB Podcasts.  Also via Podbean for streaming.

PLAYLIST –

That Way – Wale (Instrumental Dub)

Take A Look Around – Kindred The Family Soul

Trippin’ – Eric Benet

Nice Spirits – Skrillex (Phonat Remix)

Isn’t It Romantic? – Mel Tome (Paul & Price Remix)

New Day – Jay Z & Kanye West (Extended Mix)

You Ain’t No Good – The Bamboos

Don’t Look Down – Jennifer Hudson

Fela Brasil – Raw Artistic Soul

Fall In Love (Your Funeral) – Erykah Badu

I Miss You – Beyonce

I’m Beginning to See the Light – Ella Fitzgerald (Rondo Brothers Mix)

Intervention – Kelly Price

You Got Love ft. Snoop Dogg – Kindred The Family Soul (Remix)

The Journey ft. Ursula Rucker – Kraak & Smaak

Night In Tunisia – Duke Jordan (DJ Jazzy Jeff Remix)

Stargazer – Thievery Corporation

Amazing Place – Karu

Until Then (I Imagine) – Jill Scott

I’m New Here – Gil Scott-Heron/R.I.P (Jamie xx mix)

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July 23rd, 2011 by harlemhouse

SUMMER JAZZ MIX (Vol. 2) RHYTHMDB

Stream via podbean or Download via Itunes.

By HarlemHouse                                                                                                                   Summer Jazz Vol. 2 is a follow up to Summer Jazz Vol. 1 with a mixture of classic jazz standards along with cool remixes adding a contemporary edge. The first Summer Jazz mix was one of HarlemCondoLife’s favorites.  Vol. 2 moves smoothly from Gegory Porter to Esperanza Spalding, Jill Scott, Billie Holiday, Ella, Chet, Sarah Vaughn, DJ Cam, the Gotan Project  and a whole lot more…  (See playlist below)

As always we aim to bring you a variety of different music mixes on various collections to enjoy at your leisure, whether at home, work or just while browsing through our posts on HarlemCondoLife.

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Jazz is Harlem… Happy listening and hope you enjoy the mix!  HH.

PLAYLIST —

SUMMER JAZZ MIX (Volume 2) RHYTHMDB                                                       1)Feeling Good – Gregory Porter (intro Edit)// 2)Little Fly – Esperanza Spalding// 3)I’ll Remember April – Chet Baker// 4)Lover Man – Sarah Vaughan (Remix)// 5)When I Wake Up – Jill Scott// 6)Lady Sings the Blues – Billie Holiday// 7)Un ete a Paris – DJ Cam// 8)Mi Confesion – Gotan Project// 9)Angel Eyes – Ella Fitzgerald// 10)I need A Dollar – Aloe Blacc//11)God Bless The Child – Jill Scott, Al Jarreau & George Benson// 12)Illusion – Gregory Porter// 13)My Funny Valentine (Live) – Chaka Khan//14)Ver de Cabo di Nhas Odjos – Cesaria Evora// 15)Stay Together – Ledisi & Jaheim// 16)Make My Day – Waldeck (Parov Stelar Mix)// 17)Lover Come Back – Swing Republic feat. Nat King Cole// 18)That’s How Life Goes – Janita// 19)Manana – Souleance// 20)That Old Devil Called Love – Chet Baker// 21)All of A Sudden My Heart Sings – Shirley Horn// 22)Yesterdays – Billie Holiday (Junior Boys Trippy Mix)

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May 14th, 2011 by harlemhouse

By HarlemHouse

SUMMER JAZZ MIX (New Podcast) By RhythmDB

Celebrating the beginning of summer with some classic Jazz along with an eclectic selection of various R&B and Jazz remixes to keep your fingers snapping and your feet stomping.

Available for streaming via Podbean or downloading via iTunes.

See playlist below….

1) Tony Bennett – Shine On Your Shoes

2) 9 Lazy 9 – All Aboard

3) Dinah Washington – I’ve Got You Under My Skin

4) Ella Fitzgerald – Wait Til’ You See Him (De-Phazz Remix)

5) Dave Brubeck – Take Five

6) Billie Holiday – All Of Me

7) Louis Armstrong – Just One Of Those Things

8 ) Sarah Vaughan with Ella & Louis – Summertime (RhythmDB Mix/Mash-up)

9) Dinah Washington – I Get A Kick Out Of You

10) Chet Baker mixed with Billie Holiday – Don’t Explain (RhythmDB Edit with Dzihan & Kamien Mix)

11) Chet Baker – My Funny Valentine

12) Cookie Raver – Illumination

13) Waldeck ft. Chet Baker – This Isn’t Maybe (Lo Fly Mix)

14) Aretha franklin – Trouble In Mind

15) Miles Davis – Round Midnight

16) Rinocerose – Last Pictures

17) Washington/Harline – When You Wish Upon A Star

18) Billie Holiday – God Bless The Child

19) DJ Cam – Waiting For Franck Black

20) Shirley Horn/Miles Davis – You Won’t Forget Me

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February 25th, 2009 by HarlemGuy

By HarlemGuy (excerpted from CNN.com)

Today the United States Mint launched a new coin Tuesday featuring jazz legend Duke Ellington.  This make Duke Ellington the African-American to appear by himself on a circulating U.S. coin.  

The coin was introduced Tuesday in Washington.   Ellington, the composer of classics including “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing” appears on the “tails” side of the new D.C. quarter.   George Washington is on the “heads” side, as is usual with U.S. quarters.  

The coin was issued to celebrate Ellington’s birthplace, the District of Columbia.   The U.S. Mint Director introduced the new coin at a news conference Tuesday at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. Members of Ellington’s family were present at the ceremony.  The jazz band of Duke Ellington High School performed.  Ellington won the honor by a vote of D.C. residents, beating out abolitionist Frederick Douglass and astronomer Benjamin Banneker.   The coin features the phrase “Justice for all.”    

Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington received 13 Grammy Awards and a Pulitzer Prize, among numerous other honors. His orchestra’s theme song, “Take the A Train,” is one of the best-known compositions in jazz. Ellington was born in the district in 1899 and composed more than 3,000 songs, including “Satin Doll,” “Perdido” and “Don’t Get Around Much Any More.” “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing” helped usher in the swing era of jazz. Ellington performed with other famous artists, including John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, and he traveled around the world with his orchestras. He died in 1974 at the age of 75. The first African-American to appear on a circulating coin was York, a slave who accompanied Lewis and Clark on their “Corps of Discovery” adventures across America at the dawn of the 19th century. The 2003 Missouri quarter features the three men together in a canoe on the obverse.

The U.S. Mint distinguishes between circulating coins, which are intended for daily use, and commemorative ones, which mark special occasions. African-Americans including Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball’s color barrier, have appeared on commemorative coins. Educator Booker T. Washington, botanist George Washington Carver and the first Revolutionary War casualty, Crispus Attucks, all of whom were black, have also appeared on commemorative coins, according to the U.S. Mint.

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