Yesterday was the birthday of the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald. I Googled "queen of jazz" to see if that's really how she's known; but I already knew that that's what she was. My sister and I grew up wearing grooves in our LPs of Ella Fitzgerald singing the Gershwin Songbook. Such earthy elegance -- such a stunning combination of warmth and poise, passion and control.
I once told a jazz-savvy guy how much I loved Ella Fitzgerald, except for the songs with scat singing. He laughed, and laughed, and laughed, and laughed, and laughed. Somewhat offended, I asked why. It turns out that Ella Fitzgerald is especially known for her scatting -- that she's also, in fact, known...READ MORE