Join us on Monday, July 18 at noon for New Music Monday with Arturo Gómez, this week’s highlights include the following recordings:

Ella Fitzgerald: “Ella At the Hollywood Bowl—The Irving Berlin Songbook”
Recorded in August of 1958 in front of a capacity audience, this previously unavailable historic performance is considered one of the First Lady Of Song’s finest concerts. Ella’s series of Songbook recordings rank high for influencing other vocalists however, Fitzgerald never sang any of them on stage. Over 60 years after this amazing show at the famed Hollywood Bowl, a recording was found in the private collection of legendary producer Norman Granz by his estate. The concert has now been remastered and finally released! This marks the only live performance where Ella Fitzgerald is accompanied by the Paul Weston Orchestra who played behind her in the studio version of the Irving Berlin songbook. It’s also the only recording of Ella from her numerous appearances at the Hollywood Bowl.

Brian Lynch And Spheres Of Influence: “Songbook Vol. 2: DanceThe Way U WantTo”
MULTI – GRAMMY® Award-winning trumpeter Brian Lynch returns with the release of the second volume of his acclaimed Songbook Series. Lynch’s “Songbook” series reclaims the many original compositions that he recorded for other labels throughout his career on his own label Hollistic Music Works, in new and improved renditions. Lynch’s latest features music fashioned over a period of almost forty years including two new compositions recorded here for the very first time: “E.P.s Plan B”, dedicated to Eddie Palmieri; and “The Disco Godfather”, a shout-out to Black humorist and pioneering filmmaker Rudy Ray Moore aka Dolemite.

Neil Swainson: “Fire In the West:
Originally from British Columbia, now living in Toronto, Neil is a highly esteemed bassist-composer and arranger who is best known for accompanying outstanding Canadian and US-based musicians. Urged by his peers, Neil has dropped one of his rare recordings as a leader. For this outstanding session recording live in Vancouver, Swainson chose his accompanists wisely, fellow Canadians Renee Rosnes-piano, Brad Turner-trumpet, Kelly Jefferson-tenor sax and the lone American: the gifted drummer from Phoenix Lewis Nash. All eleven songs on this stunning album were written and arranged by Neil Swainson, a job well done!

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