Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa

Title: Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa


Bibliography: Pinkney, A. D., & Williams, B. D. (2002). Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa. Audiobooks . Retrieved December 16, 2013, from http://www.audiobooks.com/audiobook/ella-fitzgerald-the-tale-of-a-vocal-virtuosa/137566


Annotation: This wonderful audiobook is the story of Ella Fitzgerald’s life as an amazing musician and vocal artist. She started her career as a singer at the Apollo Theater when she was seventeen years old and had a recording career that lasted almost sixty years. She dabbled in swing, jazz, bebop, traditional pop and vocal jazz music.


Genre: Audiobook, Nonfiction


Grade Level: 2-4


Readers who will like this book: This book will appeal to teachers trying to incorporate history and music into their classroom libraries. 


Personal Response and rating: 5; I absolutely loved this audiobook! I found the content of music to be completely appropriate to be made into an audiobook, it helps readers and listeners grasp Ella Fitzgerald’s amazing talent.


Question: Who can describe some characteristics of jazz music? Has anyone heard of Ella Fitzgerald?