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Dr. Steve Zegree

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Steve Zegree

Internationally was recognized as one of the most respected vocal jazz conductors and educators in the world, Steve Zegree was active as a pianist, conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. His career as a pianist and conductor includes performances on five continents. Dr. Zegree was in demand as a pianist, clinician, adjudicator and conductor around the world. A renowned educator, his students are among today's leaders in jazz and pop performance, Broadway, recording studio production, writing, arranging, singing, and music education.

Dr. Zegree is in demand as a pianist clinician, adjudicator and conductor around the world. A renowned educator, his students are among today's leaders in jazz and pop performance, Broadway, recording studio production, writing, arranging, singing, and music education.

His internationally acclaimed vocal jazz ensemble, Gold Company, has won numerous "Outstanding Performance" awards from Down Beat magazine and has performed at MENC National Conventions, IAJE International Conferences, the World Symposium on Choral Music, several major jazz festivals, and with recognized artists including Bobby McFerrin, Janis Siegel, Jon Hendricks, Darmon Meader, Mark Murphy, Don Shelton, and Bonnie Herman.

Dr. Zegree auditioned, arranged for and rehearsed Nick Lachey's "Team Lachey", the winning choir on NBC's "Clash Of The Choirs". He is the founder of The Steve Zegree Vocal Jazz Camp, held every summer at Western Michigan University.

Dr. Zegree's choral arrangements have been published by Hal Leonard, Warner Bros., Alfred Publications and Shawnee Press, and he has produced several recordings including Mark Murphy Sings the Nat King Cole Songbook, Vol. I and II, on Muse Records which received a Grammy Award nomination. His piano CD, "Steve Zegree and Friends" is released on the Sea Breeze Jazz label.

Discography

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Gold Company : 25 : 00  1 CD : Steve Zegree : 

Gold Company : 25

Review: Dr. Stephen Zegree directs and instructs Gold Company, the Western Michigan University vocal jazz chorus, and the "25" refers to the 25th anniversary of the founding of the group. There are 13 songs here, 6 of them are all or part a cappella: "Pan Africa," the opening tune, "Not While I'm Around," "Take It to the Bridge," "Processional," "Dandaya" and "County Downs." Many of these are arranged by Dr. Zegree's students. There's a nice variety in the arrangements here, but a consistently high quality in the performance of the group. Dr. Zegree is in demand internationally for his talents, Gold Company shows us why with every amazing song.

Songlist: Panafrica, Dat Dere, Gotta Get Up (To Get Down), Not While I'm Around, This Masquerade, Tenderly, A Ghost Of A Chance, Take It To The Bridge, Processional, What Is This Thing Called Love?, I'll Never Smile Again, Top Of The Mountain, Dandaya, Cool, Country Dances

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Gold Company : 30 : 00  1 CD : Steve Zegree : 

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In My Life

Gold Company : 30

Review: Gold Company is widely recognized as one of the leading collegiate and vocal jazz ensembles in the world, and "Thirty" celebrates thirty years under the direction of Dr. Stephen Zegree, the Bobby McFerrin Distinguished Professor of Jazz in the School of Music at Western Michigan University. The 15 to 16-member Gold Company performs 13 sublime jazz covers and a pair of originals, here with the very hot Gold Company Band. The originals are (founding member and arranger for The New York Voices) Darmon Meader's "And So Am I" and "Snow Samba," the Meader-arranged composition by Paquito D'Rivera and Claudio Rotiti. Other favorites are two different takes on Lennon and McCartney's "Got to Get You Into My Life," the Gene Puerling-arranged "Sweet Lorraine," Stevie Wonder's "Overjoyed," "The Jungle Book's" "The Monkey Song," the moody "Autumn in New York," Duke Ellington's "Love You Madly," Cole Porter's "So In Love" from "Kiss Me Kate" and Tamra Gray's lovely "Raindrops Will Fall." We repeat the caveat that this is an all-accompanied recording. That said, this is wonderful jazz, far beyond what one might expect from collegiate musicians!

Songlist: Got to Get You Into My Life, The Very Thought Of You, And So Am I, Sweet Lorraine, Overjoyed, My Love For You, The Monkey Song, Autumn In New York, Love You Madly, Let Your Love, So In Love, Snow Samba, In My Life, Raindrops will Fall, Got to Get You Into My Life

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Gold Company : Absolute Integrity

Review: Dr. Stephen Zegree is one of those rare directors of collegiate ensembles who is able to take that group, in this case WMU's Gold Company, to a professional level in performance and recordings. That the group is able to maintain that level through the years of constantly graduating members means, of course, that the best young jazz musicians are going to Kalamazoo to work with and learn from Zegree, When we see recordings, this only the fourth in over 25 years since the group's founding, it's cause for celebration! "Absolute Integrity" is an impressive collection of 15 songs, many of them originals by former group members, such as Justin Avery ("Just Sing," "Soul Conspiracy," "All Night," the wonderfully funky and nearly a cappella "Cell City Mode," the title tune, and "100 Years"), and Gary Fry's "Higher Purpose." Others are arranged by former members, like Matt Falkner's arrangement of Rodgers and Hart's "I Didn't Know What Time It Was," Nathan Lansing's arrangement of "Stompin' At The Savoy" and others. Our friend Gene Puerling lends a great arrangement of "I Remember You," the only pure a cappella cut, as Zegree attracts as many jazz instrumentalists as vocalists. We of course would prefer many more, but "Integrity" is still an amazing, and rare CD from one of the best collegiate ensembles in the world.

Songlist: Just Sing, I Didn't Know What Time It Was, Soul Conspiracy, So Danco Samba, All Night, Cell City Mode, All I Want, When Your Lover Has Gone, Absolute Integrity, Stompin' At The Savoy, Summer Breeze, The Lady is a Tramp, I Remember You, Higher Purpose, 100 Years

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Gold Company : Solid : 00  1 CD : Steve Zegree : 

Gold Company : Solid

Review: Under the direction of Dr. Steve Zegree, the Gold Company jazz ensemble's accomplishments include winning more Downbeat awards than any other university ensemble since 1993, and has been a training ground for many of the industry's most successful professionals. With four of their previous recordings out of print, "Solid" closes the gap. The best of those four albums, including a cappella arrangements of Gene Puerling's "Somewhere Over The Rainbow," and Ward Swingle's "Marriage of Figaro," equal a perfect score! Though almost entirely accompanied, it's focus is vocal harmony, and lending their talents as singers and/or arrangers are Darmon Meader of New York Voices, Tim Brent, Clare Fischer and Kirby Shaw (with his daughter, Holly).

Songlist: Oh, What a Beautiful Morning, It Had To Be You, First Circle, Over The Rainbow, Alright, OK, You Win, Giant Steps, Eternal Father, Melancolico, In a Mellow Tone, Spinning Wheel, Overture to "The Marriage Of Figaro", Bridge Over Troubled Water

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Gold Company : While We're Young : 00  1 CD : Steve Zegree : 

Gold Company : While We're Young

Review: At first hearing, you wouldn't think that this glorious motley of vocal music is of collegiate standing. Gold Company's "While We're Young", is a CD compilation of ensembles hailing from Western Michigan University, directed by Dr. Stephen Zegree. Each song is flavored with a group of different voices and instruments allowing for individuality and influence to play a strong force. It is apparent that Dr. Zegree really let his students shine through with their styles and that variety is refreshing. R & B, Latin, Southern Dixie, Showtune Standards, Be-bop, and a little bit of Funk are all represented. This is not a straightforward vocal CD, but incorporates a great deal of instrumentation with the vocal ensembles. This CD is highly recommended.

Songlist: I Love Bein' Here With You, Everybody's Boppin', Cheek To Cheek, While We're Young, Gingerbread Boy, Alice In Wonderland, Change Comin' Round, Kick That Monkey, Hoedown, Poinciana, Last Night When We Were Young, Summertime, The Music, The Magic and The Memories

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Gold Company : Who Could Ask For Anything More

Review: Dr. Stephen Zegree, concert pianist, educator and one of the most respected Vocal Jazz conductors on the planet, directs two 16-mixed voices permutations of Western Michigan's Gold Company, plus the Gold Company Band, essentially a 21-member Jazz orchestra in this 15-song, mostly-accompanied collection. Guest conductor Duane Shields Davis also directs a version of Gold Company and the Band here, as well as doing the dynamic arrangements for Rodgers & Hart's "This Can't Be Love" and Cole Porter's "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye." Other favorites are the George Gershwin standard "I Got Rhythm, a scattish, salsa take on Caesar & Youman's "Tea for Two," a pair of originals written and arranged by student Tenor Mark Jackson, "Pure Gold," "We're Here for You" and "Go For The Gold;" Gillies & Foster's power ballad "Stand Up for Love," the a cappella version of Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee," arranged, of course by Ward Swingle, Bobby McFerrin's sublime a cappella "In The Garden," and the Glenn Miller Classic that bears the name of the home of Western Michigan, "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo." Dr. Zegree has led Gold Company in winning a fistful of DownBeat Magazine awards and a reputation as one of the most respected Collegiate Vocal Bands in the world. Every one of these cuts is as hot, or cool, as we like it, and we're sure you'll also love "Who could ask for anything more!"

Songlist: I Got Rhythm , This Can't Be Love, Tea For Two, Pure Gold, Prisoner Of Love, In The Stone, Stand Up For Love, Flight Of The Bumble Bee , We're Here For You, Quiet Night Of Quiet Stars, Go For The Gold, Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye, The Garden, I Believe, I've Got a Gal In Kalamazoo

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Steve Zegree : The Complete Guide To Teaching Vocal Jazz (Including Pop and Other Styles) : 01 Book : Steve Zegree :  : 000308061598 : 30/1737h

Steve Zegree : The Complete Guide To Teaching Vocal Jazz (Including Pop and Other Styles)

Review: Dr. Stephen Zegree is one of the most respected vocal jazz educators in the world. As a professor in the School of Music at Western Michigan University, Dr. Zegree teaches classical and jazz piano and directs Gold Company, WMU's internationally regarded vocal jazz ensemble. He is in demand as a pianist and conductor around the world, and his students are among today's leaders in jazz and pop performance, Broadway, recording studio production, writing, arranging, singing and music education. Included is a comprehensive CD that Dr. Zegree uses to illustrate points he makes in the book. This is a must-have book for the music educator, performer - basically anyone who is serious about Vocal Jazz!

Songlist: What Is Vocal Jazz?, Roots and Traditions, It's a Matter of Style, Rehearsal Techniques for the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Theory (in Reality!), The Rhythm Section, The Art of Solo Singing, Improvisation, The Sound Reinforcement System, Staging, Movement and Programming, Listen, Listen, Listen, The Gold Company Program

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Steve Zegree : The Wow Factor : 01 Book : Steve Zegree :  : 884088309879 : 1423468139 : 08749574

Steve Zegree : The Wow Factor

Review: What is it about some musicians and performers who consistently achieve success? Are they the best performers? Did they have the best teachers? Do they have the best professional contacts and connections? Is it just coincidence? Of course not! Dr. Steve Zegree of Western Michigan University, choral arranger and conductor of Western Michigan's Gold Company has developed this practical guide for performers, students, teachers and parents which offers fundamental philosophies and concepts that are essential to a person's growth and development and will contribute to a successful professional life in music. More than just the basics, more than a prescribed curriculum, and more than just getting in front of an audience to go through the motions of what you did in rehearsal - call it the Wow Factor - there is something for everyone in this book!

Songlist: Introduction, Chapter 1: The Wow Factor, Chapter 2: How to Practice and Rehearse for the Wow Factor, Chapter 3; How to Prepare a "Wow" audition, Chapter 4: Ifs, Ands, or Butts- and Rules to Live By, Chapter 5: Don't Go to Your Face: Putting the Polish on Your Performance, Chapter 6: How to Educate and Entertain, Chapter 7: How to Win on NBC's Clash of the Choirs, Chapter 8: "Wow" Perspectives: The Interviews, Chapter 9: Coda, About the Author, Praise for The Wow Factor

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Steve Zegree : A Charlie Brown Christmas : Sheet Music : Steve Zegree : 

Steve Zegree : A Charlie Brown Christmas

Review: This TV special has become an American tradition and has been delighting kids for decades. Return to the simple joys of the Christmas season with Vince Guaraldi's jazz renditions of traditional carols and original music written for this classic holiday favorite. Celebrate the simplicity and charm of the Peanuts characters and Charlie Brown's little Christmas tree with "Just Like Me" originally recorded by Vanessa Williams in tribute to the 40th anniversary album for A Charlie Brown Christmas. This jazz-flavored miniature will delight your listeners with thoughtful lyrics and fresh harmonies.

Songlist: Christmas Time Is Here, A Charlie Brown Christmas (Medley), Just Like Me

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