Ella Fitzgerald’s Vocal Charts at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix

October 15, 2017
I visited the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona.  A world-class collection of the highest order!  I’ll have many images to share.
Here, for example, is page 1 of Ella’s vocal chart for Skylark, in large print to accomodate her eyesight. Very likely the chart she read from in the 1964 recording with the Nelson Riddle for Verve. Looks like a big band part. What a marvelous copyist! (A lost skill, really.)

 

Ella Fitzgerald’s Vocal Chart for Skylark. Image copyright 2017 Richie Kaye All Rights Reserved
And the entire vocal chart for Route 66, with a key change after the bridge. Early to mid-60s as well? Maybe a rush job, a more impromptu setting for fewer instruments? But still clear and easy to read, don’t you think? Funny, but I don’t recall ever listening to an Ella recording of this tune and the discography doesn’t list one. Maybe somewhere still in the can??
Ella Fitzgerald’s Vocal Chart for Route 66. Image copyright 2017 Richie Kaye All Rights Reserved
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