Jazz is an original style of American Music. It blends together gospel music, brass bands, African music, blues, and Spanish music. Often jazz musicians improvise. This is when the music is made up during the song. There is a melody and structure to the song, but the musicians play it differently each time. Usually, each musician gets the opportunity to solo during the song. They improvise during their solo trying out new tricks and ideas to see what works.
Jazz was invented by African-American musicians in New Orleans, Louisiana in the late 1800s. By the 1920s, the centre of New York City. This is known as the Jazz age.
Ella Fitzgerald was born in 1917 and won an amateur talent contest which launched her musical career. Her scat sound was a hit in the jazz world. Ella won many awards and sang with all the great musical legends. She died in 1996 and was nicknamed 'The First Lady of Song' and 'the Queen of jazz'.
They can’t take that away (with Louis Armstrong on trumpet)
All the things you are (with a jazz band - heavy brass sections) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPapxr8GvGA
Cry me a river (you can hear her scatting and playing around with the tune – improvising. There are lots of versions of this song (most famous is Julie London) but this was actually written for Ella. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzZSyQdOCJk
Everytime we say goodbye https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGNLLJz4Ajw