Monthly Archives: January 2011

Gershwin and Fitzgerald

I guess it’s impossible to understand the genius of Gershwin until you listen to Ella Fitzgerald singing the Gershwin songbook. Sure, I grew up on Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris just like any good American, but I think that a significant portion of Gershwin’s output eludes the American public. There are many serious landmarks in the life of a young musicologist, and I would say that I’m profoundly enjoying this one.