FEBRUARY IS NATIONAL
AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH
Back in 2007, February was really fun – it's when Ella's
U.S. Postage Stamp was released in celebration of
BLACK HERITAGE MONTH
There we were, freezing in New York City at
JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER
with Ella's son, Ray Brown, Jr., and a children's choir, and Nancy Wilson…
plus, sitting on the stage, was a Little Yellow Basket.
It was President Gerald Ford who officially named
February as BLACK HISTORY MONTH, back in 1976.
Our friends up in Canada liked the idea, they celebrate
in February as well.
(President Ford? Yeah, Ella met him.)
Dear, is the Time Machine warmed up and ready to go?
We're heading back to Baltimore, Maryland -
February 10, 1905, the day CHICK WEBB was born.
Oh wait, maybe we should go back to February 27, 1923,
right here in L.A. –the day that DEXTER GORDON
made his very first appearance. We don't have
Dexter's baby picture, but how about this?
Photo courtesy of Maxine Gordon
This year, February is a Leap Year, so Dinah Shore and
Jimmy Dorsey will actually have a birth DAY.
(Dinah Shore: 2/29/1916 and Jimmy Dorsey: 2/29/1904)
- Courtesy of Fran Morris Rosman, The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation