Category USA

New Orleans & All That Jazz

One hundred years ago today the ‘First Lady of Song’ Ella Fitzgerald was born in Virginia USA. The iconic singer was first known as the finest female proponent of scat singing. Wikipedia describe scat singing as ‘vocal improvisation with wordless vocals, nonsense syllables or without words at all. Scat singing is a difficult technique that […]

Independence Day

Happy 4th July to everybody in the USA.  I haven’t spent nearly enough time in the States but my favourite city visited thus far was New Orleans, which I was lucky enough to go to in 2001. The music scene was second to none and the Mardi Gras and Jazz museums still count as two […]