• July 5, 2022

Scatting: Reflections on Using the Human Voice as an Instrument

Jazz music emerged from a long vocal tradition. Music historians suggest field hollers and ceremonial chants contributed to the styles that would eventually blossom into the jazz listeners know and love. Prior to Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, however, vocalists were seldom found in quartets. If they were, they felt sidelined by a group’s instrumentals. Satchmo elevated…

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