“How High the Moon” is a beloved jazz standard that has captivated audiences for decades. The song was written in 1940 by Morgan Lewis, with lyrics by Nancy Hamilton, and it quickly became a hit, with countless artists recording their own versions over the years.
One of the most memorable performances of “How High the Moon” occurred in 1957, when Ella Fitzgerald sang the song during a live recording at the Hollywood Bowl. Fitzgerald, put her own spin on the tune, transforming it into an improvisational masterpiece.
Today, “How High the Moon” remains one of the most beloved jazz standards of all time, and it continues to inspire musicians and audiences alike with its timeless beauty and soulful spirit.
Denver’s own, Dianne Reeves has also performed “How High the Moon,” which she has covered in her own unique, lively and upbeat rendition that showcases her impressive vocal range and improvisational skills. She starts off with the original melody, but quickly begins to add in her own twists and turns, scatting and riffing her way through the song with joyful abandon. Her phrasing is spot-on, and her sense of rhythm is impeccable, making her performance of “How High the Moon” a true tour-de-force.