Billie and Ella

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Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald were friends and influential singers of the Swing Era. Each singer possessed a unique musical style that continues to be emulated by today’s jazz singers. Listen to Billie Holiday’s Back in Your Own Back Yard and Ella Fitzgerald’s Flying Home. [Back In Your Own Back Yard (Gridley, Chapter 5, Page 83: Jazz Classics for Concise Guide to Jazz CD 1 track 11; Flying Home: Chapter 5, Page 86: Jazz Classics for Concise Guide to Jazz CD 1 track 12]. Respond to each prompt. Then, offer commentary regarding the similarities and differences between the examples. | Back In Your Own Back Yard (Billie Holiday) | Flying Home (Ella Fitzgerald) | Similarities and Differences | Tempo (slow, medium, fast, dance-like?) | Medium | Fast | Back Yard has a lower tempo, as Flying Home is more faster/upbeat. | Swing feel (Do you sense a weak, medium, or strong rhythmic pulse? Which song has a stronger pulse?) | Medium | Strong | Flying Home has a stronger pulse. | Syncopation (Is there evidence of syncopation or tugging and pulling against the musical pulse?) | Tugging | Pulling | The syncopation seems to be more apparent with the tone in Flying Home, pure and supple compared with Back Yard. | Lyrics (What story, if any, is told by lyrics each artist sings?) | You left happiness at home, in the backyard. | It seems to have a feel of freedom to be flying home. | Two different stories being told with similar subjects on life, yet there is happiness in both. | Voice quality (Use adjectives to describe the different timbre of each singer’s voice.) | Soft and fainting voice | Drawn and racy fast voice | Completely different from the style and tone of each other’s song. | Accompaniment (Which song uses a big band for accompaniment? A small group? What featured instruments do you hear?) | | | | What elements of improvisation are evident in…...

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