M1366 .F58 E55 2006 DVD
Jazz Icons: Ella Fitzgerald features "The First Lady of Song" in two distinct performances. The first is the earliest known complete concert of Ella to be captured on film. Shot in Belgium, this 1957 concert has her performing with jazz greats Ray Brown, Herb Ellis, Jo Jones and the legendary Oscar Peterson on classics such as "Lullaby of Birdland," and "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)." The second show is an intimate in-studio performance from 1963, taped in Sweden, featuring Ella backed by a quartet including pianist Tommy Flanagan. Highlights include stellar versions of "Mack the Knife" and "Just One of Those Things."
Distributed by Midwest Tapes (www.midwesttapes.com).