Jazz singers – Jazz Fin http://jazzfin.com/ Sun, 06 Nov 2022 01:04:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://jazzfin.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/icon-14-150x150.png Jazz singers – Jazz Fin http://jazzfin.com/ 32 32 Jazz singers: a series in thirteen episodes https://jazzfin.com/jazz-singers-a-series-in-thirteen-episodes/ Wed, 12 Oct 2022 09:00:00 +0000 https://jazzfin.com/jazz-singers-a-series-in-thirteen-episodes/ This thirteen-hour series hosted by the late award-winning singer Al Jarreau illuminates all styles of jazz vocal art. From the Smithsonian and PRX What is jazz singing? Is it the blues-inspired voice of a legendary singer like Billie Holiday? Or the spiritual church sound you hear from Mahalia Jackson? What about scat, bebop or ballads? […]]]>

This thirteen-hour series hosted by the late award-winning singer Al Jarreau illuminates all styles of jazz vocal art. From the Smithsonian and PRX

What is jazz singing? Is it the blues-inspired voice of a legendary singer like Billie Holiday? Or the spiritual church sound you hear from Mahalia Jackson? What about scat, bebop or ballads?

This thirteen-hour series highlights jazz vocal art of all styles. Listeners will hear the music and voices of Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Diana Krall, Abbey Lincoln, Kurt Elling and many more. Award-winning artist Al Jarreau hosts, taking listeners on a journey through the history of jazz singing – from the era of the Great American Songbook in the 1930s and 1940s, to contemporary jazz infused with pop and rock.

Originally produced by The Smithsonian in 2001, this series was repackaged by PRX with new narration by original producer Jacquie Gales Webb.

Broadcast on Saturdays from October 15 to December 3 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on 88.3 FM

October 15

Hour 1: Drenched in the blues

Over the years, the blues has influenced countless jazz singers. On the program, Big Joe Turner, Joe Williams, Lou Rawls, Billie Holiday, Etta Jones, LaVerne Butler and others speak and demonstrate blues-infused jazz vocals.

Hour 1: Soaked in the Blues

Hour 2: Saturday night function

Jazz was born in the midst of rejoicing and ribaldry. Jazz singing has, from the beginning, dealt with the more down to earth side of life. Artists such as Dakota Staton, Louis Jordan, OC Smith, Oscar Brown Jr. and Jon Hendricks let the good times roll

Time 2: Saturday evening function

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October 22

Hour 3: Straight out of the church

From early spirituals to gospel to blues and jazz, singing as an expression of deep emotion has evolved, with the different strains blending into each other. This fusion of styles is found in singers such as Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Dinah Washington, Ernestine Anderson, Little Jimmy Scott, Nancy Wilson, Marlena Shaw, Mary Stallings and Carla Cook. This program explores the “church sound” and spirituality of jazz singing.

Hour 4: What is jazz singing?

The talents of jazz singing legends Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McCrae and Sarah Vaughan help us understand improvisation, swing and phrasing. Different jazz singing styles are presented with help from Anita O’Day, Betty Carter, Joe Williams, Ernestine Anderson, Etta Jones, Abbey Lincoln, Dianne Reeves and others.

October 29

Hour 5: With a little help from my friends

Jazz singing is generally a very singular art, with individual artists meticulously refining their deeply personal styles and approaches. But, there is a tradition, almost a subculture within the art form, in which men and women, brothers and sisters, and every combination in between, have come together to sing. This show delves into tradition by exploring the music and influence of bands like the Boswell Sisters, the Mills Brothers, Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, The Hi Lo’s, Manhattan Transfer, Take 6 and Voicestra. Interviewees include Jon Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, Gene Puerling, Annie Ross, Andy Bey and others.

Hour 6: Ballads

From the moving laments of Billie Holiday to the romantic ballads of Johnny Hartman, jazz singers have used their powers of interpretation to express the pleasure and anguish of love. What makes some singers such great love song performers? How are singers like Frank Sinatra and Carmen McRae able to touch our emotional cores? This show highlights ballad masters and their techniques: Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughan, Johnny Hartman, Nat King Cole, Billy Eckstine, Bill Henderson, Joe Williams and Shirley Horn.

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November 5

Hour 7: Scat, Bebop, Vocalese and voice as an instrument

With commentary from Louis Armstrong, Anita O’Day, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling, this program will trace the evolution of the intricate art of scat singing. Manhattan Transfer’s Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross and Janis Siegel are our guides to “vocalese” – the art of composing and performing vocal versions of famous instrumental jazz solos. Jazz composer Duke Ellington brilliantly used the qualities of the human voice only as an instrument. Also with Bobby McFerrin, Miles Griffith and Al Jarreau.

Hour 8: you are what you sing

The best jazz singers are constantly on the lookout for great songs, old and new. Artists such as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, Allan Harris, Kurt Elling, Mark Murphy, Anita O’Day and Billie Holiday talk about the music they choose, how it is performed and how it is recorded. The program examines how singers find material from the “Great American Songbook” and beyond.

November 12

Hour 9: It’s Our World… Sometimes

Jazz singing has always benefited from the innovations and sensibilities of women…from pioneers Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan to contemporary explorers like Casandra Wilson, Diane Reeves and Diana Krall. This program addresses the particular concerns of extraordinary women who have juggled family demands and battled gender discrimination while resolutely pursuing their artistic muse and mastering their craft. Interviewees include Abbey Lincoln, Anita O’Day, Nancy Wilson, Carol Sloane, Nnenna Freelon and others.

Hour 10: On the road and in the club

Jazz singers tell it like it really is. Singers of today and yesterday recount their experiences, joys, trials and tribulations performing this most intimate and revealing form of music in all types of venues, from bars and truck stops to concert hall. Nat King Cole, Lena Horne, OC Smith, Oscar Brown Jr., Louis Jordan, Nellie Lutcher and more share their stories.

November 26

Hour 11: Jazz singing and civil rights

This program examines jazz singing as a means of social protest. Artists such as Nnenna Freelon, Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Louis Armstrong, Al Hibbler, Oscar Brown Jr., Ray Charles and Miles Griffith talk about songs with political or social messages and their experiences.

Hour 12: Beyond every shining sea

Jazz music is a Native American art form, but if you listen carefully you will hear elements from Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. In this program, jazz singers describe how they were nurtured by mutual exchange. Artists such as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Melba Joyce, Helen Merrill, Ernestine Anderson, Flora Purim, Sibongile Khumalo, Annie Ross, Dianne Reeves and Claudia Acuna share their music and their stories.

December 3

Hour 13: Today tomorrow forever?

Is jazz singing alive and thriving in this new century…brimming with established artists and young artists bringing diverse influences and nurturing styles to its shores? Or is it floundering and drifting…without the benefit of proper venues, industry support, or even up-and-coming singers who truly extend the tradition? We’ll examine these questions and more through the music and thoughts of singers like Kurt Elling, Carmen Lundy, Diana Krall, Madeline Eastman, Kevin Mahogany, Dianne Reeves and more.

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Legendary jazz singers pack Elizabeth Park and deliver powerful performances – The News Herald https://jazzfin.com/legendary-jazz-singers-pack-elizabeth-park-and-deliver-powerful-performances-the-news-herald/ Mon, 15 Aug 2022 23:37:45 +0000 https://jazzfin.com/legendary-jazz-singers-pack-elizabeth-park-and-deliver-powerful-performances-the-news-herald/ She learned to respect the power of love and he found the greatest love of all, and in between they brought all their legendary sounds and No. 1 hit recordings at Trenton’s Jazz on the River to Elizabeth Park. Visitors to the free jazz concert in Elizabeth Park were all smiles during the performances recently. […]]]>

She learned to respect the power of love and he found the greatest love of all, and in between they brought all their legendary sounds and No. 1 hit recordings at Trenton’s Jazz on the River to Elizabeth Park.

Visitors to the free jazz concert in Elizabeth Park were all smiles during the performances recently. (Photos courtesy of Montez Miller)

Grammy award-winning George Benson and five-time chart-topping Stephanie Mills did not disappoint when they visited Trenton for entertainment.

The recent concert was a big hit among those who appreciate classic R&B music as fans filled the lawn around the stage.

Using the Detroit River as a backdrop, the concert provided an opportunity to hear some of the two’s old-school favorites in honor of the festival marking its silver anniversary.

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It was a perfect night out on the town in Elizabeth Park for jazz lovers. George Benson and Stephanie Mills gave an unforgettable concert. (Photos courtesy of Montez Miller)
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Jack DeJohnette’s 80th, Jazz Singers, Benny Carter and Claude Thornhill https://jazzfin.com/jack-dejohnettes-80th-jazz-singers-benny-carter-and-claude-thornhill/ Mon, 08 Aug 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://jazzfin.com/jack-dejohnettes-80th-jazz-singers-benny-carter-and-claude-thornhill/ monday august 8 Tonight on the Night Train we mark the birthday of saxophonist, composer, arranger and bandleader Benny Carter. We will hear him as a leader, as a guest with Marian McPartland, Oscar Peterson and Sarah Vaughan (on an album recorded on this date in 1962), and in a special during the second hour […]]]>

monday august 8

Tonight on the Night Train we mark the birthday of saxophonist, composer, arranger and bandleader Benny Carter. We will hear him as a leader, as a guest with Marian McPartland, Oscar Peterson and Sarah Vaughan (on an album recorded on this date in 1962), and in a special during the second hour of the show. We’ll also hear from August’s featured artist, Jack DeJohnette, in the “Standards Trio” with Keith Jarrett and Gary Peacock. Plus, the latest releases from WJ3 All Stars, John Stein, Juan Carlos Quintero, and Larry Vuckovich.

Tuesday August 9

Night Train dedicates the show tonight to our featured artist of the month for August, legendary drummer Jack DeJohnette who turns 80 today. We’ll hear him from his early days with Charles Lloyd, Miles Davis, Bill Evans and local guitarist Jerry Hahn, from his ECM days with the Standards Trio (with Keith Jarrett and Gary Peacock) and Gateway (with John Abercrombie and Dave Holland), in later recordings with McCoy Tyner, and as a leader. In the second hour, we’ll hear a special interview and music with DeJohnette recording around the time he became an NEA jazz master.

Wednesday August 10

Night Train celebrates tonight the birthdays of singer Cyril Aimée (on a new New Orleans Jazz Orchestra album), saxophonist Arnett Cobb, organist Trudy Pitts and composer, arranger and conductor Claude Thornhill (including in a special in the second hour of the show). We’ll hear from August featured artist Jack DeJohnette with Sonny Rollins and with his Special edition. The new music comes from vocalist Kim Nalley, pianist Thomas Linger (with an impressive debut album) and the Alternative Guitar Summit (in tribute to legendary guitarist Pat Martino).

Thursday August 11

Tonight, we continue a series in 13 episodes, Jazz singers. Produced by the Smithsonian and hosted by renowned vocalist Al Jarreau, the programs trace the history of jazz singing from its earliest days to the present day, exploring the music’s roots, evolution, key styles and major artists.

Jazz singing has always benefited from the innovations and talents of women, from pioneers Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan to contemporary explorers like Casandra Wilson, Diane Reeves and Diana Krall. In the first hour, “It’s Our World…Sometimes,” delves into the particular concerns of extraordinary women who have juggled family demands and battled gender discrimination while resolutely pursuing their artist muse and mastering their job. Interviewees include Abbey Lincoln, Anita O’Day, Nancy Wilson, Carol Sloane, Nneena Freelon, and many more.

Then in the second hour, with “On the Road and in the Club”, the singers of today and yesterday recount their experiences, joys, trials and tribulations performing in all types of venues, from the bars and truck stops to the concert hall. Nat King Cole, Lena Horne, OC Smith, Oscar Brown Jr., Louis Jordan, Nellie Lutcher and more share their stories.

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Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jazz Singers, Carmen Bradford, Santana and Classic Jazz Quartets https://jazzfin.com/dr-lonnie-smith-jazz-singers-carmen-bradford-santana-and-classic-jazz-quartets/ Mon, 18 Jul 2022 15:44:00 +0000 https://jazzfin.com/dr-lonnie-smith-jazz-singers-carmen-bradford-santana-and-classic-jazz-quartets/ Monday July 18 Tonight we continue a 13 part series, jazz singers. Produced by the Smithsonian and hosted by renowned vocalist Al Jarreau, the programs trace the history of jazz singing from its earliest days to the present day, exploring the music’s roots, evolution, key styles and major artists. This time, in the first hour, […]]]>

Monday July 18

Tonight we continue a 13 part series, jazz singers. Produced by the Smithsonian and hosted by renowned vocalist Al Jarreau, the programs trace the history of jazz singing from its earliest days to the present day, exploring the music’s roots, evolution, key styles and major artists.

This time, in the first hour, we’ll hear “Straight Out of the Church,” tracing the influence of early spirituals and gospel on jazz. This fusion of styles is found in singers such as Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Dinah Washington, Ernestine Anderson, Little Jimmy Scott, Nancy Wilson, Marlena Shaw, Mary Stallings and Carla Cook. This program explores the “church sound” and spirituality of jazz singing.

Then in the second hour, it’s “With a little help from my friends”. This episode examines the music and influence of jazz bands including The Boswell Sisters, The Mills Brothers, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, The Hi-Lo’s, The Manhattan Transfer, Take 6 and Voicestra. Interviewees include Jon Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, Gene Puerling, Annie Ross, Andy Bey and others.

And don’t forget to join us on Night Train every week we feature more in the jazz singers series.

tuesday july 19

Night Train marks the birthdays of vocalists Carmen Bradford (of her own work and with the Count Basie Orchestra) and multi-instrumentalist Phil Upchurch (with George Benson and as leader). We also continue with more music from July, featured artist Dr. Lonnie Smith from one of his classic albums in the first hour and a special concert from the Savannah Music Festival in the second hour of the show. Tonight’s new music comes from guitarist and WSU teacher William Flynn and organists Brian Charette and Tony Monaco.

Wednesday July 20

Night Train will spotlight music from the just-announced 2023 NEA Jazz Masters. We’ll also mark Carlos Santana’s birthday with the jazz side of his work, a tribute to him on a new album from organist Ronnie Foster, new music from Santana bandmate Bill Ortiz, and a second-hour special. .

Thursday July 21

Tonight on the Night Trainwe spotlight classic jazz quartets, including those led by John Coltrane, Benny Goodman, Dave Brubeck, the World Saxophone Quartet, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Charlie Haden’s Quartet West and the Classical Jazz Quartet.

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Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jazz Singers, Hammerstein and Bastille Day https://jazzfin.com/dr-lonnie-smith-jazz-singers-hammerstein-and-bastille-day/ Mon, 11 Jul 2022 19:05:00 +0000 https://jazzfin.com/dr-lonnie-smith-jazz-singers-hammerstein-and-bastille-day/ Monday July 11 Tonight we begin a 13-episode series, Jazz Singers. Produced by the Smithsonian and hosted by renowned vocalist Al Jarreau, the programs trace the history of jazz singing from its earliest days to the present day, exploring the music’s roots, evolution, key styles and important artists. In the first hour, we’ll hear “Steeped […]]]>

Monday July 11

Tonight we begin a 13-episode series, Jazz Singers. Produced by the Smithsonian and hosted by renowned vocalist Al Jarreau, the programs trace the history of jazz singing from its earliest days to the present day, exploring the music’s roots, evolution, key styles and important artists.

In the first hour, we’ll hear “Steeped in the Blues,” exploring the blues’ influence on countless jazz singers. Great singers like Big Joe Turner, Joe Williams, Lou Rawls, Billie Holiday, Etta Jones and LaVerne Butler. Others speak and demonstrate how jazz singing is “infused with blues”.

Then, in the second hour, it’s a “Saturday Night Function”. From the beginning, jazz voices have dealt with the more down to earth side of life, as artists such as Dakota Staton, Louis Jordan, OC Smith, Oscar Brown Jr. and Jon Hendricks demonstrate in part two of the series. .

tuesday july 12

Night Train marks the birthdays of Ellington saxophonist Paul Gonsalves and soul-jazz organist Big John Patton. It is also the birthday of lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II. We’ll hear the music he created with Richard Rodgers beginning in July with featured artist Dr. Lonnie Smith. New albums from singer Melissa Stylianou, guitarist Ron Jackson and pianist Jean-Michel Pilc, and in a special looking back at her career in the second hour of the show.

Wednesday July 13

Night Train spotlights that rare jazz bird – the male jazz vocalist – tonight. We’ll hear from classical and contemporary singers, including Mose Allison, Johnny Hartman, Andy Bey, Kurt Elling, Gregory Porter, and more. We’ll also hear from great pianists, including Erroll Garner, Fats Waller and Hank Jones, a classic from Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery, and Christian McBride’s tribute to the duo and their work with producer Oliver Nelson.

Thursday July 14

Night Train joined Global village and strange currency to celebrate July 14. We’ll hear music from French jazz artists, jazz projects recorded in France, and related recordings, including Ahmad Jamal in Paris, Shirley Horn’s Salute to Paris, and Nina Simone doing a Jacques Brel classic. Alongside French musicians such as trumpeter Erik Truffaz, pianist Jacky Terrasson, third-century artists Claude Bolling and Jacques Loussier, and Hot Club de France legends Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli. Plus a birthday tribute to cellist Akua Dixon with the music she made as a leader and with Quartette Indigo.

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Musicians Pay Tribute to Iconic Jazz Singers in Malibu https://jazzfin.com/musicians-pay-tribute-to-iconic-jazz-singers-in-malibu/ Fri, 18 Mar 2022 09:29:45 +0000 https://jazzfin.com/musicians-pay-tribute-to-iconic-jazz-singers-in-malibu/ Three dynamic female singers and an all-female jazz band pay tribute to three of the greatest jazz singers in history in the musical performance Bessie, Billie and Nina-Pioneering Women in Jazz at Pepperdine University’s Smothers Theater in Malibu on Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 8 p.m. Tickets, priced at $20 for adults and $10 for […]]]>

Three dynamic female singers and an all-female jazz band pay tribute to three of the greatest jazz singers in history in the musical performance Bessie, Billie and Nina-Pioneering Women in Jazz at Pepperdine University’s Smothers Theater in Malibu on Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 8 p.m.

Tickets, priced at $20 for adults and $10 for full-time Pepperdine students, are available now by calling (310) 506-4522 or visiting the event page.

From the Jim Crow-South era to the turbulent 1960s, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone were among the most influential and popular singers of their time. Both within their music and outside of clubs and concert halls, they have exercised their exceptional talents to fight against racial prejudice, sexism and poverty. Whether it’s by forcefully and playfully asserting its autonomy (Bessie Smith), by forcing America to recognize the pervasive racism in the American South and beyond (Billie Holiday), or by giving a voice to the movement of civil rights with moving protest anthems (Nina Simone), these pioneering singers spoke to and for those disenfranchised as women, African Americans and artists. All three women challenged social norms, embracing empowerment through their art.

Produced by GRAMMY-winning Eli Wolf (Norah Jones, Cassandra Wilson), and with arrangements by pianist and musical director Carmen Staff (Dee Dee Bridgewater), Bessie, Billie and Nina-Pioneering Women in Jazz features three dynamic singers , each rising star in their own right: Charenée Wade (Jazz at Lincoln Center), Tahira Clayton (co-leader, Women in Jazz Organization) and Vanisha Gould (Sunday Vocal Jazz Jam Series). Presented in affiliation with WIJO and backed by an all-female band, Wade, Gould and Clayton celebrate the lasting legacy of these iconic women and artists with performances of their classic songs, including Bessie Smith’s “Downhearted Blues”, “Strange Fruit” by Billie Holiday. “, and “Mississippi Goddam” by Nina Simone.

The musical and social legacies of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone remain more relevant than ever. Their contributions resonate with artists today across many genres, as well as ongoing movements toward progress and equality for women and African Americans. Bessie, Billie and Nina will entertain, inspire and empower audiences during this pivotal time in our own history.

Pepperdine University’s Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts delivers high-quality activities to more than 50,000 people from more than 800 ZIP codes each year through performances, rehearsals, museum exhibits, and masters classes. Located on Pepperdine’s beautiful Malibu campus overlooking the Pacific, the center serves as a hub for the arts, uniquely connecting professional visiting artists with Pepperdine students as well as patrons from surrounding Southern California communities. Facilities include the 450-seat Smothers Theater, the 118-seat Raitt Recital Hall, the Helen E. Lindhurst “black box” theater, and the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art.

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SV jazz singers take part in the festival – Butler Eagle https://jazzfin.com/sv-jazz-singers-take-part-in-the-festival-butler-eagle/ Mon, 14 Mar 2022 15:48:54 +0000 https://jazzfin.com/sv-jazz-singers-take-part-in-the-festival-butler-eagle/ Twenty-nine students from the Seneca Valley Band have been selected by solo audition to perform at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District Jazz Festival at Slippery Rock University on February 18-19. The Seneca Valley jazz singers participated in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association’s District Jazz Festival held last month at Slippery Rock University. A […]]]>

Twenty-nine students from the Seneca Valley Band have been selected by solo audition to perform at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District Jazz Festival at Slippery Rock University on February 18-19.

The Seneca Valley jazz singers participated in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association’s District Jazz Festival held last month at Slippery Rock University.

A district press release says 29 students were selected via solo audition.

The festival was comprised of three jazz ensembles, with Seneca Valley sending the most students of the participating districts.

Guest conductors included Dr. Leigh Pilzer, a Washington DC-based saxophonist and arranger who has toured nationally and internationally as a member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra; Dr. David Glover, head of the music department and percussion instructor at Slippery Rock University; and Clint Bleil, freelance saxophonist in the Pittsburgh area and assistant professor of music at Washington and Jefferson College.

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Jazz Singers, Orchestra take the stage on March 9 | Nebraska today https://jazzfin.com/jazz-singers-orchestra-take-the-stage-on-march-9-nebraska-today/ Wed, 02 Mar 2022 06:12:00 +0000 https://jazzfin.com/jazz-singers-orchestra-take-the-stage-on-march-9-nebraska-today/ The Jazz Singers and Jazz Orchestra of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Glenn Korff School of Music will perform at 7:30 p.m. on March 9 at Kimball Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public. It will also be webcast live. The Jazz Singers, under the direction of David von Kampen, lecturer, is […]]]>

The Jazz Singers and Jazz Orchestra of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Glenn Korff School of Music will perform at 7:30 p.m. on March 9 at Kimball Recital Hall.

The concert is free and open to the public. It will also be webcast live.

The Jazz Singers, under the direction of David von Kampen, lecturer, is a small choir open to all members of the university community by audition. Students are instructed in jazz style, ensemble singing, lyrical delivery, solos, and improvisation.

The Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Greg Simon, assistant professor of composition, is the university’s showcase jazz organization and one of the most visible performing groups. This versatile set performs all styles of music.

“Jazz Singers explored a wide variety of sources this semester,” von Kampen said. “At this concert, we will sing arrangements of music by Lambert Hendricks and Ross, the Beatles, the Beach Boys and Claude Debussy.

The group currently has six music majors and eight non-majors, many of whom are graduating this spring. They recently performed at the Jazz Education Network Conference in Dallas in January.

“Anyone who loves to sing and wants to explore a diverse and challenging repertoire should come to this concert and consider auditioning in August,” von Kampen said.

The Jazz Orchestra’s programming will celebrate the big band, all that it is today and all that it has been in the past, in a “Creations and BD” program.

“In addition to the music of the great Benny Carter – a legend in big band lore – we play music from some of my favorite new composers,” Simon said. “From ‘Mechanical Men’ inspired by Stephen Harvey’s supervillains to Anna Webber’s ethereal way of using the human voice in ‘Climbing on Mirrors’, these four pieces are brilliant in color and spirit, painting amazing images in music.”

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“Take 5” concert honoring legendary jazz singers at Aretha’s Jazz Café https://jazzfin.com/take-5-concert-honoring-legendary-jazz-singers-at-arethas-jazz-cafe/ Mon, 24 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://jazzfin.com/take-5-concert-honoring-legendary-jazz-singers-at-arethas-jazz-cafe/ While most jazz legends may be gone, Thursday’s first Take 5 concert aims to make sure they aren’t forgotten. Take 5 – 5 Jazz Greats Perform 5 Jazz Legends, presented at Detroit’s Aretha Franklin Café, will feature some of the region’s top vocalists posing as male jazz icons: Louis Armstrong as David Greene; Frank Sinatra […]]]>

While most jazz legends may be gone, Thursday’s first Take 5 concert aims to make sure they aren’t forgotten. Take 5 – 5 Jazz Greats Perform 5 Jazz Legends, presented at Detroit’s Aretha Franklin Café, will feature some of the region’s top vocalists posing as male jazz icons: Louis Armstrong as David Greene; Frank Sinatra played by Paul King; Nat King Cole portrayed by Smoke Jones; Dean Martin played by Ben Sharkey and Leon Thomas played by Kenny Watson.

Organizer Sky Covington said the performers were good and talented people she had worked with before.

“The men I chose all have beautiful hearts,” she said. “Besides being amazing artists, they are very easy going, they touched my life.”

Each performer will sing four songs, followed by a closing group number.

Music director Scott Gwinnell said selecting the songs was a collaborative decision that they believe would exemplify the historic artist they represent. As singers impersonate other performers, he said, they will always have their own creative flair.

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Male Jazz Singers, Johnny Otis Centennial, Cello Day & Frank Vignola https://jazzfin.com/male-jazz-singers-johnny-otis-centennial-cello-day-frank-vignola/ Mon, 27 Dec 2021 15:17:03 +0000 https://jazzfin.com/male-jazz-singers-johnny-otis-centennial-cello-day-frank-vignola/ [ad_1] Monday, December 27 the one tonight Night Train presents this rare bird – the male jazz singer. We’ll hear selections from hitmaker Joe Williams, vocal masters Jon Hendricks (with Kurt Elling) and Eddie Jefferson, soundscapes painter Bobby McFerrin, twisted Bob Dorough, Ben Sidran and Mose Allison, and rising stars Gregory Porter. and Allan Harris. […]]]>


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Monday, December 27

the one tonight Night Train presents this rare bird – the male jazz singer. We’ll hear selections from hitmaker Joe Williams, vocal masters Jon Hendricks (with Kurt Elling) and Eddie Jefferson, soundscapes painter Bobby McFerrin, twisted Bob Dorough, Ben Sidran and Mose Allison, and rising stars Gregory Porter. and Allan Harris.

Tuesday 28 December

Music tonight on the Night Train comes from guitarist Joe Cohn, piano giant Earl Hines, drummer Ed Thigpen, keyboardist Lonnie Liston Smith, all born on this date. It is also the centenary anniversary of conductor and impresario Johnny Otis with a first hit at the first hour and a special at the second hour.

wednesday 29 december

Night Train joins in Global village and Strange currency to celebrate International Cello Day. We’ll be spotlighting jazz cello in the first hour of Ray Brown, Akua Dixon, Oscar Pettiford, Helen Sung with the Harlem Quartet, David Darling, Indigo Quartet, and Wayne Shorter with a cello ensemble. Then, in the second hour, there is a special concert with Quattro, which also includes the cello in its instrumental programming.

Thursday, December 30

Guitars and drums tonight on the Night Train as we mark the birthdays of drummers Jerry Granelli and Lewis Nash, and guitarists Ron Affif and Frank Vignola (including Vignola in a special concert with the Detroit Hot Club in the second hour of the show). We will also hear new releases from Brazilian guitarist Bola Sete, trumpeter Farnell Newton, singer Samara Joy and pianist Eliane Elias (with Chick Corea).

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