I also saw Ella alive at the Paramount Theatre in New York in March 
1945.  A lot of us were waiting shipment to Germany and a few of us went 
into New York a couple of times to check it out before we left.  Ella's 
performance is one of the things I remember.  Jack

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Michael Ridderbusch" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, July 16, 2008 4:43 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Sinatra & Ella: The King and the Queen.

Didn't Sinatra say something along the lines that Helen Forrest was the best 
singer among all of us?  Or is that story just apocryphal?

>>> Don Cox <[log in to unmask]> 7/11/2008 4:46 PM >>>
Hello Steven

On 09/07/08, Steven C. Barr wrote:
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Cary Ginell" <[log in to unmask]>
>> I had the pleasure of seeing Ella at the Hollywood Bowl in the late
>> '80s. She blew the place away, as Aaron said, but on this particular
>> occasion, she stumbled off of a small riser? (only a couple of
>> inches) and landed on her hands and knees. She made a joke and kept
>> singing, laughing at her own expense. Got a standing ovation. As for
>> sheer excitement, I rank Ella over Sinatra, but they were totally
>> different kinds of singers.
> Saw Ella at the "Imperial Room" in the Royal York Hotel, in downtown
> Toronto, probably
> c.1979. I was TOTALLY blown away! One of my fondest musical memories!
> So...does anyone exist, in this "post-punk-rock" generation, who
> is/are capable of an
> equivalent level of musical ability...?!
> I tend to think not...?!?!
If you don't mind going outside the US, Cheikh Lo has a great singing
voice. However, there is nothing like the range of work of Ella or
Sinatra - he spent most of his career as a studio session musician.
There are only 3 or 4 albums so far.

But worth hearing, especially the album "Bambay Gueej".

I am very unimpressed by the current crop of "jazz singers".

Don Cox
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