WHAT IS JAZZ SINGING, ANYWAY?
The word "jazz" is bandied about today to describe all sorts of music, some of which is not really jazz.
And singers of all sorts of musical genres are often described as "jazz singers."
It's no wonder, people become confused about what jazz singing really is.
To find out for yourself, listen to these authentic jazz singers.
What do they do?
They interpret a song is their own ways - sometimes. the melody; sometimes. the words; and sometimes, both. They swing, and some of them, scat.
"Scatting is like the little girl: when it is good, it is very, very good (Ella and Ernestine) and when it is bad, it is horrid."
Ernestine Anderson as introduced by Denise Perrier
Anita O’Day (from the documentary "Jazz on a Summer's Day," the Newport Jazz
Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O'Day, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae,
and Ernestine Anderson define jazz singing.