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Ella Fitzgerald & Mel Tormé Answer “What Is Jazz?”

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 23, 2023

This is wonderful: at the 1976 Grammys, Mel Tormé asked Ella Fitzgerald how she explains to people what jazz is and then the pair of them effortlessly launch into a scat duet that is just fantastic to listen to. Ella Fitzgerald, what a voice! Mel Tormé, what a voice! Here’s the pair performing together in the 60s: