In 1976, Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Tormé presented the Grammy for best jazz album (do they even televise that anymore?). With just a podium mike, the two of them take a few precious minutes to school the entire enthralled crowd in the essence of jazz improvisation.
Recommended listening: Love Letters from Ella and Mel Tormé and the Marty Paich Dek-Tette: In the Studio and in Concert.
Manhattan Transfer paid homage to Ella at the 1983 Grammies by harmonizing on one of her signature songs —also with no big hoopla or production pizzazz. Just blissfully straight, unadulterated song.
Do you have any bygone moments of Grammy greatness to share?