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Kerry Marsh

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Kerry Marsh

Kerry Marsh is a composer and arranger specializing in contemporary music for vocal jazz ensembles. In high demand as a commissioned arranger for many of the nation's top educational vocal and instrumental jazz ensembles, Marsh has a large and varied catalog of music performed regularly around the world. Kerry has published arrangements through UNC Jazz Press and Sound Music Publications.

Along with his wife and musical collaborator Julia Dollison, Kerry released his highly ambitious debut album, Vertical Voices: The Music of Maria Schneider, in March 2010 through ArtistShare. Endorsed by the Grammy-winning composer herself and funded largely through fan contributions, the album features Schneider's music as written for her jazz orchestra, but with the horn parts entirely sung, and the rhythm section consisting of Frank Kimbrough, Ben Monder, Jay Anderson and Clarence Penn (all current members of The Maria Schneider Orchestra).

Since 2003, Kerry has directed the vocal jazz ensembles at Sacramento State, and in that time, his ensembles and individual students have earned ten Down Beat Magazine Student Music Awards, distinguishing it as one of the premiere programs in the country. The Sac State vocal jazz ensembles were invited twice to perform at conferences of the International Association for Jazz Education, and were one of fourteen winners of a national search to have a song appear on the Epic Records release: "Ben Folds - College A Cappella". Marsh then worked for Folds as a vocal arranger and background singers director on a twelve-city tour in performances with major symphony orchestras, including the Boston Pops and the Washington National Symphony.

Kerry has recently joined the faculty of The JazzSchool Institute in Berkeley, CA, where he serves as a vocal jazz ensemble director. Marsh is busy year-round as an adjudicator and clinician for jazz festivals and workshops and he serves as a traveling clinician and high school honor vocal jazz ensemble director for the Monterey Jazz Festival. Marsh has directed all-state jazz choirs in California, Arizona, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Wyoming and Illinois and will direct the New York All State Jazz Choir in 2010.

Kerry graduated in 2000 from the University of Kansas with a B.M.E. in Music Education and in 2003 with a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas. Marsh's university training included study with Paris Rutherford, Dan Gailey, Simon Carrington, and Rosana Eckert.

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Kerry Marsh : A Cappella Jazz for Mixed Voices : SATB : Sheet Music : Kerry Marsh : 

Kerry Marsh : A Cappella Jazz for Mixed Voices

Review: An original composition, 'Occam's Edge' is an aggressive a cappella chart that will challenge your singers, but is quite attainable. It comes off almost as a fusion tune because of the groove, the stabbing lush chords and quickly moving harmony. A scat solo is featured and a vocal percussionist is important to the performance. An exciting shout section connects the solo section and the head-out. This one is, again, like nothing you've ever heard vocalists sing! Commissioned by Valenica High School, 'His Eye is on the Sparrow' starts out simply as a rubato ballad with a soulful solo, but then adds vocal percussion in a jazz waltz groove. When the vocals come in after a short percussion break, it sounds highly reminiscent of a Take 6 tune with quickly moving harmonies, lots of great dominant sounds and exciting hits in the background vocals. This will surely be a crowd pleaser and a fun and challenging chart to sing. The arrangement of 'Mas Alla,' features a tenor soloist. The wonderful Spanish lyric was written by Pedro Aznar. Some thick and challenging harmony, but an attainable and worthwhile chart for most college vocal jazz groups. A completely new perspective on the great Pat Metheny composition, with 'Unequity Road,' Marsh has transformed a powerfully aggressive and asymmetrical chart into a simple, floating and mesmerizing tribute to a great set of chord changes and a beautiful melody that is almost hidden in Metheny's original performance on Bright Size Life. or vocalists who may not have been exposed to the harmonies of cutting-edge big band writers Maria Schneider, Jim McNeely and Vince Mendoza,'The Big Crunch is a great learning piece. It is also a moody and yet hard-grooving a cappella chart that will provide a fun challenge to your group. A very open solo section is included as well as a nicely crafted shout section that builds to a great climax before leading into the head-out. Vocal percussion is necessary on this chart.

Songlist: His Eye Is On The Sparrow, Occam's Edge, The Big Crunch, Uniquity Road, Mas Alla

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Song NameArrangerComposerArtistItem TitleFormatTrax
A Midnight VoyageKerry MarshSacramento State Vocal Jazz SingersIn The Winelight 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
But BeautifulKerry MarshSacramento State Vocal Jazz SingersPale Blue Dot 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Don't Be On The OutsideKerry MarshMt. San Antonio College - SingopationDrive 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Don't Worry 'Bout A Thing Kerry MarshStevie WonderMt. San Antonio College - SingopationEverything Must Change 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Don't You Worry 'Bout a ThingKerry MarshOhio State University Men's GleeWe Sing 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
EsperantoKerry MarshSacramento State Vocal Jazz SingersPale Blue Dot 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
His Eye Is On The SparrowKerry MarshKerry MarshA Cappella Jazz for Mixed VoicesSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
I Want You BackKerry MarshMt. San Antonio College - SingopationDrive 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
I Want You BackKerry MarshSacramento State Vocal Jazz SingersIt's You 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
I've Got LifeKerry MarshSacramento State Vocal Jazz SingersIt's You 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
In a MellotoneKerry MarshSacramento State Vocal Jazz SingersPale Blue Dot 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
In The WinelightKerry MarshSacramento State Vocal Jazz SingersIn The Winelight 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
In Your EyesKerry MarshSacramento State Vocal Jazz SingersIn The Winelight 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
In Your EyesKerry MarshPeter GabrielMt. San Antonio College - SingopationEverything Must Change 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
In Your EyesKerry MarshPeter GabrielOneVoiceEsperanto 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
It's YouKerry MarshSacramento State Vocal Jazz SingersIt's You 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Lee's SummitKerry MarshSacramento State Vocal Jazz SingersIt's You 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Little SunflowerKerry MarshSacramento State Vocal Jazz SingersPale Blue Dot 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Lost At SeaKerry MarshJulia DollisonAfro BlueIts A Matter of Pride 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Love Is More Thicker Than ForgetKerry MarshSacramento State Vocal Jazz SingersIn The Winelight 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Lullaby of BirdlandKerry MarshGeorge ShearingKerry MarshLullaby of BirdlandSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
Mas AllaKerry MarshKerry MarshA Cappella Jazz for Mixed VoicesSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
MinuanoKerry MarshMt. San Antonio College - SingopationDrive 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Never So In LoveKerry MarshSacramento State Vocal Jazz SingersIt's You 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Occam's EdgeKerry MarshKerry MarshA Cappella Jazz for Mixed VoicesSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
Pale Blue Dot (suite)- Part 1: You Are HereKerry MarshSacramento State Vocal Jazz SingersPale Blue Dot 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Pale Blue Dot (suite)- Part 2; Sacred BlackKerry MarshSacramento State Vocal Jazz SingersPale Blue Dot 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Pale Blue Dot (suite)- Part 3; When the Night is NewKerry MarshSacramento State Vocal Jazz SingersPale Blue Dot 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Pale Blue Dot (suite)- Part 4; WanderersKerry MarshSacramento State Vocal Jazz SingersPale Blue Dot 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Please Come Back (To Stay)Kerry MarshSacramento State Vocal Jazz SingersIt's You 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Samba Do CantorKerry MarshAirto Moreira, Flora Purim, Jose NetoAmerican River College Vocal Jazz EnsembleSo Near So Far 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Scarborough FairKerry MarshEnglish TraditionalReconciliation SingersVoices of Peace 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Scarborough FairKerry MarshEnglish TraditionalSacramento State Vocal Jazz SingersIt's You 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Seven Steps to HeavenKerry MarshSacramento State Vocal Jazz SingersIt's You 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Silent NightKerry MarshSacramento State Vocal Jazz SingersPale Blue Dot 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Sing A Song of SongKerry MarshSacramento State Vocal Jazz SingersIn The Winelight 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Song For The TravelerKerry MarshSacramento State Vocal Jazz SingersIn The Winelight 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Strange New WorldKerry MarshSacramento State Vocal Jazz SingersIt's You 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Tea for TwoKerry MarshSacramento State Vocal Jazz SingersPale Blue Dot 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
That Old Black MagicKerry MarshSacramento State Vocal Jazz SingersIn The Winelight 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
The Big CrunchKerry MarshKerry MarshA Cappella Jazz for Mixed VoicesSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
The Star Spangled BannerKerry MarshVarious ArrangersPatriotic Jazz for Mixed VoicesSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
Travels (Travels On By)Kerry MarshSacramento State Vocal Jazz SingersIt's You 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Uniquity RoadKerry MarshKerry MarshA Cappella Jazz for Mixed VoicesSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
Virtual InsanityKerry MarshMt. San Antonio College - SingopationDrive 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Walk With Me, LordKerry MarshSacramento State Vocal Jazz SingersIn The Winelight 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Widow's WalkKerry MarshSacramento State Vocal Jazz SingersPale Blue Dot 1 CDMORE DETAILS 

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