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Fr. Robert Koopmann, OSB


Ella Fitzgerald, American jazz vocalist, had an extreme impact on the world of musicians and singers during her lifetime. Her influence is still felt today, as her recordings live on as a tribute to her lifelong commitment to her art. Most jazz vocalists have been inspired by Fitzgerald because of her versatility as a performer, her presentation of material, her scat singing, and her vocal musicianship. This thesis explores three aspects of Fitzgerald and her art. The first gives background on jazz history which makes it possible to place Ella Fitzgerald into the development of jazz. The second explores Fitzgerald's experiences as a jazz musician. The third identifies the elements of Fitzgerald's musical style that make her distinctive and shows how these elements insure her immortality in jazz history.

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