LATTER-DAY SCAT-AWAY

In a recent series of Golden Age vocalists, my posts included such scat-singing greats as Louis Armstrong, Cliff “Ukulele Ike” Edwards, The Boswell Sisters, and the First Lady of Song (and Scat), Ella Fitzgerald. But the post-Golden Age period (post-WW era) also recorded its share of scat-singing virtuosos, led by the multi-talented Mel Tormé. Here he pays tribute to Ella (whose career, like Mel’s, spans both eras) with this scintillating rendition of Gershwin’s OH, LADY BE GOOD!

Next, we turn to “Sassy” Sarah Vaughan, whose scatting (in my opinion) takes second place to her singing….but you be the judge:

We close with, at age 84, the only living (and undeservedly most obscure) of our three latter-day scatters, Carol Sloane. Take it away, Carol!