The ‘Velvet’ Voice of Jazz

NPR profiles Mel Tormé:

Blessed with impeccable timing and a smooth, mellow timbre, Mel Tormé was known during his heyday as “The Velvet Fog.” Tormé was the consummate entertainer: as a drummer, singer, composer, arranger, lyricist, writer and actor, his career spanned nearly the entire 20th century of American pop culture. Of course, underlying it all was an intuition for jazz composition and vocal phrasing.

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