FRUITS OF THE MOOD

FRUITS OF THE MOOD
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Cakes reign but a Day.
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Is pink eternally
(Emily Dickinson)

Ethel Ennis


Here is a famous song by the great singer Ethel Ennis.
Baltimore native Ethel Ennis is a national treasure. Critics have hailed her as "the most accomplished singer performing today". That stature was earned by her magnificent voice, her brilliant compositions, her joyful performances and her collaboration with the finest musicians. She began performing at the age of 15 with a group called Abe Riley's Octet. She first won national recognition for her recording "Lullaby for Losers" in 1955. In 1958, she was selected by Benny Goodman as the female vocalist for his all-star band. Later, she was chosen as a featured singer on the Arthur Godfrey Show. After performing at the 1964 Newport Jazz Festival, she appeared with Duke Ellington and his Orchestra on television's "Bell Telephone Hour". She followed those amazing achievements by wowing them at the Monterey Jazz Festival in duets with Joe Williams. She returned to her hometown to perform in concerts with the Count Basie Band and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. During that same period, she shared the bill with Cab Calloway at Harlem's Apollo Theater and played supper clubs and concert halls all over the country. In the seventies, she founded the practice of singing the National Anthem a capella at Richard Nixon's 1973 presidential inauguration. She performed at the White House for Jimmy Carter as well. During the period, she became Baltimore's cultural ambassador, singing Chinese folk songs in Baltimore's sister city of Xiamen, China as well as performing in Rotterdam, Germany. In the 1980's, Ethel opened her own music club, "Ethel's Place" with her husband. They presented the world's greatest jazz musicians and broadcast live concerts to national audiences. They sold the club in 1988, each returning full-time to their artistic pursuits. She has still performed with Louis Armstrong, Wynton Marsalis, Stephane Grappelli, Ray Brown, Toots Thielmann, Phil Woods, Gerry Mulligan... Frank Sinatra once described her as "my kind of singer". A Downbeat reviewer once said of Ethel: "Her voice runs deep, exuding the personality of a sage who has lived many lives."
Listen to this joyful song and have a pleasant trip!

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