Music Interlude – ROUTES by Ronald Bunn

Happy Birthday Ella Fitzgerald — born 100 years ago on April 25, 1917

100 Years ago, on April 25, 1917, (read about her here) Ella Fitzgerald was born in Newport News, Virginia. After Ella’s death, The New York Times columnist Frank Rich wrote that Ella had performed a cultural transaction as extraordinary as Elvis‘ contemporaneous integration … Read More

Ada ‘Bricktop’ Smith

Videos: Ada ‘Bricktop’ Smith (August 14,1894-January 31st 1984). “St. Louis Blues” (1970) & Bricktop and Dorothy Donegan–“Miss Otis Regrets” Interested in reading more about ‘Bricktop’: http://www.wmagazine.com/fashion/2012/10/bricktop-aka-ada-beatrice-queen-victoria-louise-virginia-smith/