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.