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“Da-Da, Beep-Da-Bop, Scooby-Dooby-Doo!” Let’s Scat!

What makes jazz so cool?!

It’s endlessly creative! It gives musicians freedom to express themselves freely through their music, creating different sounds using their voices and instruments.  

So, what is jazz exactly?

Jazz was born in the United States; New Orleans, Louisiana, to be exact! It blends the musical styles of ragtime, opera, marching bands, blues, and hymns. 

A lot of jazz music is based on improvisation, or something created on the spot, without preparation, giving each piece its own unique style and sound. 

So, you may have a favorite jazz song you absolutely love, but each recording of it may sound different! This comes from each musician’s distinct style giving a unique spin to the song. 

For jazz vocalists, one of the ways to make a song your own is through a technique called scatting! Scatting is a vocal improvisation that combines a series of nonsense syllables, where singers may try to sound like different instruments. This creates different rhythms and melodies on the spot! 

“Scooby-dooby-doo, tiddly-diddly-dee, bop-da-bop!” Now you’re scattting! 

Jazz has evolved so much over the years, thanks to musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billie Holiday, many of whom were impressive scatters.

Check out some of our favorite jazz musicians below, and be sure to watch this music lesson by ETM music teacher Ashley D’Amico, giving students a scatting lesson of their own in this latest edition to our distance learning library

Jazz Greats!

Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald

Duke Ellington

Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong

Miles Davis

Looking to hear even more great jazz music? Check out our Spotify playlist with some of our most favorite jazz hits!