Alphonso Maldon, Entertainment

New Box Set Celebrates Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th Birthday

 

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Ella Fitzgerald
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Away from his responsibilities as president and CEO of Partnership Strategies Consulting in Washington, DC, Alphonso Maldon maintains a number of personal interests, including classic jazz. In April 2017, jazz fans like Alphonso Maldon marked what would have been the 100th birthday of the so-called Undisputed Queen of Jazz Singing, Ella Fitzgerald.

To celebrate the occasion, Verve Music Group has released a collection of songs highlighting Fitzgerald’s timeless contributions to the jazz genre. Titled Ella Fitzgerald: 100 Songs for a Centennial, the four-disc box set pulls from the prime years of the singer’s career, when she recorded for the Verve and Decca record labels.

Chronologically sequenced, the collection moves from early standouts like “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” to what proved to be Fitzgerald’s final hit, a live version of “Mack the Knife,” which she recorded in 1960. The box set also includes her interpretations of songs by such legendary composers as Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, and George and Ira Gershwin.

Released on April 21, Ella Fitzgerald: 100 Songs for a Centennial has received favorable reviews from the likes of Uncut Magazine and AllAboutJazz.com, which notes that the album surpasses all previous Fitzgerald greatest hits collections.

Alphonso Maldon, Sports

Washington Nationals Select Contract of Pitcher Matt Albers

 

Alphonso Maldon, Community Outreach

Wounded Warrior’s Tips for Getting VA Benefits

 

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VA Benefits
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Formerly the chair of the government’s Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, Alphonso Maldon now offers consulting services through his firm, Partnership Strategies Consulting, where he also serves as president and CEO. Apart from his professional responsibilities, Alphonso Maldon is a strong supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project.

Wounded Warrior project is one of the most prevalent and far-reaching organizations when it comes to helping former military personnel obtain their VA benefits. The organization recently released the following five tips that people should keep in mind when trying to get these benefits for themselves once their service is complete:

1) Learn who your advocates are. There are groups who specialize in getting this information to service members when they go off active duty. Forming relationships with advocates in organizations that are committed to serving veterans is the first and most important step to get the ball rolling.

2) Find out which disabilities are actually handled through the claims process. Advocates can help soldiers distinguish between chronic illness, which is eligible for VA benefits, and transient health conditions, which are not.

3) Collect as much documentation as possible. Copies of your charts, doctor’s notes, and other information that supports the diagnosis of a chronic illness are vital in defending your benefits claim.

4) Don’t miss any VA-mandated exams. Bring the proper materials that VA asks for when you visit. If you’re confused at all about this process, work with your advocate to ensure you have everything you need when you go to the VA for evaluation.

5) Take an active role in furthering your claim. Soldiers have the best chance to get results when they commit themselves to the process.

Alphonso Maldon, Sports

Washington Nationals’ Superstar Outfielder Bryce Harper

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Bryce Harper
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Alphonso Maldon earned a master’s degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma, graduating as a member of Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society. Currently serving as president and CEO of Washington, DC-based Partnership Strategies Consulting, Alphonso Maldon is also co-owner of the Nationals, a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise he and a group of corporate and private investors helped bring to Washington in 2005.

Although the Nationals have only made the MLB playoffs twice since arriving in Washington, the team has developed impressive young stars, most notably outfielder Bryce Harper, who was the first overall pick by the franchise in the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft. Drafted out of the College of Southern Nevada, Harper played a little more than one season in the minor leagues before reaching the majors as a 19-year-old in 2012. He hit 22 home runs in his debut season and was named the National League Rookie of the Year, receiving 16 of 32 possible first-place votes.

Harper hit 24 home runs the following season and 13 in 2014, when he was limited to 100 games due to injury. In 2015, however, he won the National League MVP after hitting a league-best 42 home runs and scoring a league-high 118 runs. He also led the league in on-base percentage and slugging.