Helen Merrill began her musical career at the 845 Club in the Bronx with promoter Johnny Johnson. Her first major label recording is the now-classic album simply entitled Helen Merrill. On that album, produced by Quincy Jones in December of 1954, she was supported bv such talents as Clifford Brown, Oscar Pettiford, Barry Gailbrath, and Jimmy Jones. From that recording on, Miss Merrill has kept her musical integrity, recording with the finest musicians of our time, including albums with Gil Evans, Stan Getz, Ron Carter, Thad Jones, Bill Evans, and Stephan Grappelli, among others.
The artist profiles on these pages were excerpted from the Carnegie Hall Tribute program. We present them here in an effort to recognize the artists that keep the music of Lady Ella alive through their repertoire.
Ann Hampton Callaway
Harry "Sweets" Edison
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