Are you a jazz singer because:
- you sing with a band that includes jazz musicians, even though you don’t improvise?
- you stretch the rhythms, alter your phrasing and timing whenever you sing?
- you never sing a song the same way twice, preferring to draw new inspiration from the audience – and the give-and-take between the other musicians to enhance the moment?
- you like to scat?
- you call yourself one?
Here’s what Wikipedia says:
“Jazz singing can be defined by the instrumental approach to the voice, where the singer can match the instruments in their stylistic approach to the lyrics, improvised or otherwise, or through scat singing; that is, the use of nonsensical meaningless non-morphemic syllables to imitate the sound of instruments…. It was Louis Armstrong who established singing as a distinct art form in jazz, realizing that a singer could improvise in the same manner as instrumentalist, and establishing scat singing as a central pillar of the jazz vocal art.”
I encourage you to share your perspective on the question through the comment tool whether you’re a singer, an instrumentalist or an interested listener.