(Marion Cowings, photo courtesy of the artist)
Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Jon Hendricks, Betty Carter, and many more of Jazz’s legendary vocalists were noted for their ability to sing scat vocals. The use of wordless syllables and sounds enabled vocalists to take instrument-like solos and stretch out their vocal capabilities in some of the most extroardinary improvisations put to record.
But what is scat singing, and how do you practice it?
For what scat singing is, we start with the wonderful vocalists Michael …