Fitzgerald performs in Belgium with sidemen Herb Ellis, Ray Brown, Jo Jones, Don Abney, and Oscar Peterson, and in Sweden with Les Spann, Jimmy Hughart, Gus Johnson, and Tommy Flanagan. Will Friedwald provides liner notes.
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."