Instructional Resources for Vocal Jazz Singers - Books, CDs & DVDs

Instructional Resources for Vocal Jazz Singers

Books, videos, CDs, plus some packages that pair books and CDs - everything you need to learn to sound like your heroes is right here in our vocal jazz instructional section.  Whether you're at the beginner level or have been singing jazz for a while and want to improve your abilities, there's something here for you. These are world-class, internationally-renowned educators, and it's a can't-miss opportunity to learn from them without having to pay tens of thousands of dollars in tuition to Berklee, Western Michigan, UCLA

David Berkman: The Jazz Singer's Guidebook

Lead Sheet Basics
The Harmonic Basis of the Melody of Songs
Chord Tones and the Tensions of Progressions
Chord Scales, Friend or Foe?
Applying Chord Scales to a Tune
A Tetrachord Approach to Chord Scales
Chromatic Approach Note Patterns and Bebop Vocabulary
Guide Tone Lines
The Blues
Technical Drill of Intervals
Practicing Scat

Finally, a clear, step-by-step approach for serious singers who want to improve their grasp of jazz harmony and gain a deeper understanding of music fundamentals. Learn to accompany yourself, write lead sheets, understand the structure of the music, and improve your scatting. The Jazz Singer's Guidebook covers all the instrumental, theoretical and ear training requirements that you need in order to gain control of the music you are singing! The Jazz Singer's Guidebook will change how you hear music and make you a better singer, as well as give you the tools to develop your singing in directions you may not have thought possible. Subjects covered include:- The harmonic basis of the melody of songs, How to vary melodies, How to develop a greater awareness of the important harmonic details of songs, How to write a lead sheet and how to evaluate the chord changes that are on a lead sheet, How to hear tensions and chord tones on chords, How to know and hear the appropriate chord scale for each chord change, How to improvise from chord scales, Ways to improve your intonation for scatting. Plus hundreds of suggestions and exercises for scatting, composing, transcribing, understanding jazz vocabulary and increasing what you have to say as an improvising musician.

7084 BOOK & CD $24.95

Diana R. Spradling: Jazz Singing: Developing Artistry and Authenticity

Jazz Standards
The Nature of Jazz Singing
The Story of the Text
Text Delivery
Coloring the Melody
Phrasing is Your Friend!
It Don't Mean A Thing If...
Preparing to Sing A New Tune
Writing a Lead Sheet
Creating an Arrangement
Organizing a Gig Book
Rehearsing a Rhythm Section
Rhythmic Grooves and Playing Styles
Sitting In
Appendix I: Music Fundamentals
Appendix II: Jazz Chords Library
Appendix III: Professional Resource Guide
Appendix IV: Index

The book vocal jazz artists have been waiting for! Finally, here is a substantial definition of what vocal jazz artists actually do physically and vocally. The findings are based on over three decades of teaching and almost four years of acoustic research including a study of 20 jazz artists from the first generation of modern jazz singers. Learn 9 different uses of vibrato. Learn how to practice and execute appropriate vowels, diphthongs and text treatment so as to sound more authentic. Study 10 common elements of 6 complete transcriptions of scat/improvised solos that can improve your artistry and authenticity as a jazz vocalist. Diana Spradling teaches graduate and undergraduate jazz voice and vocal pedagogy at Western Michigan University. She is also the founding Director of the Applied Studio Technology Laboratory (ASTL), a state-of-the-art lab that acoustically analyzes sound and measures vocal behaviors such as vowel clarity, vibrato rate and width, presence and absence of legato, onsets, releases, resonance, nasality and laryngeal freedom to name a few. Students who have studied with her during the last decade include several university-appointed jazz voice professors, seven Downbeat Award winners, two Monk Institute finalists, one Monk Institute graduate scholar, two JAS Aspen participants, on and off Broadway performers, members of national touring companies, recording artists, club singers, studio musicians, jingle singers, cabaret performers, and a Grammy nominee.

6667 BOOK $59.95

Paris Rutherford: The Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Perspectives On Vocal Jazz
The Ensemble And Its Director
Interpreting Vocal Jazz-The Vocal Jazz Ensemble
The Vocal Jazz Soloist
The Band
Sound Reinforcement (A.K.A. Live Sound)
The Performance
About The Author

This vocal jazz book absolutely has it all! From the ensemble audition process to the final performance and everything in between, this book truly covers every aspect of what it takes to begin and maintain a vocal jazz group. An absolute must for novice directors and singers and equally valuable for those with years of experience, this text provides a wealth of material on the full spectrum of vocal jazz education and performance. The enclosed CD includes recorded vocal examples.

6851 BOOK & CD $24.95

Michelle Weir: Jazz Singers Handbook

Jazz Standards
The Nature of Jazz Singing
The Story of the Text
Text Delivery
Coloring the Melody
Phrasing is Your Friend!
It Don't Mean A Thing If...
Preparing to Sing A New Tune
Writing a Lead Sheet
Creating an Arrangement
Organizing a Gig Book
Rehearsing a Rhythm Section
Rhythmic Grooves and Playing Styles
Sitting In
Appendix I: Music Fundamentals
Appendix II: Jazz Chords Library
Appendix III: Professional Resource Guide
Appendix IV: Index

The Jazz Singer's Handbook provides an inspiring and practical window of insight into the world of professional jazz singing. Drawing upon an impressive career as an arranger, teacher, singer, pianist, and clinician, Michele Weir has distilled her experiences and observations into two handbook sections: the artistry and the mastery of singing jazz. Also included is a jazz chord library, a professional resource guide, a review of music fundamentals, and an index of terms and symbols. The CD includes sing-along tracks for standard songs, many of which are in two keys for different voice ranges, plus recorded examples of the performance and arranging concepts presented in the text.

6041 BOOK & CD $19.95

Michelle Weir: Vocal Improvisation

Part One: Jazz Fundamentals
Chords and Scales
Chord Progressions and how They Work
Other Basics
Jazz Keyboard
Part Two: Beginning Improvisation
Rhythm and Syllables
Creating Melodies
Diatonic Chord Progressions
Learning to Hear the Changes
Part Three: Intermediate Improvisation Articulation
Melodic Structure
Non-Diatonic Chord Progressions
Hearing the Changes
Part Four: Advanced Improvisation
Other Aspects of Rhythm
More About the Bebop Language
Hearing the Changes Even Better!
Improvising on Jazz Standards
Creating and Retaining Interest
Part Five: Vocal Improvisation In The Classroom
Working with Groups of Students
Group Activities and Games

Calling all current and would-be jazz musicians‚you have some serious reading and woodshedding (practicing) to do, 232 pages worth! A former member of the Grammy-nominated Phil Mattson Singers, Michele Weir currently teaches at UCLA, and has taught at USC, CSU Long Beach and the Phil Mattson School. "Vocal Improvisation" is designed for singers, students and teachers of vocal jazz. There is a CD that contains vocal examples with rhythm section background. The exercises are appropriate for all levels of experience, from beginning to advanced, and also be useful to instrumentalists for developing jazz articulation. A tremendous resource of information for any jazz musician!

6012 BOOK & CD $29.95

Denis DiBlasio: Guide for Jazz and Scat Vocalists

Chapter1: Jargon
Chapter 2: Preparing Songs
"Ed The Dog" Lead Sheet Example
Chapter 3: Chord Voicings
Chapter 4: Scat Singing
Major And Dominant Chord Voicings
Blues Voicings
The II/V7/I Progression Voicings
Scatting By Ear (No Knowledge Of Harmony)
Chapter 5: Scales and Chords For Scat Singing
Chapter 6: Ear Training
Chapter 7: Tips
Chapter 8: Pitch Pipe
Ten Preperatory Patterns
Ear Training / Interval Charts
Intro To The Scale Syllabus
Scale Syllabus
Soloing By Jamey Abersold
Practice Prcedure For Memorizing Scales / Chords To Any Song

This book and CD examines some of the problems that vocalists encounter and how to deal with them. For the vocalist that feels alone in the world of instrumentalists. Includes chapters on Jargon, Preparing Songs, Chord Voicings, Scat Singing, Scales and Chords For Scat Singing, Ear Training and Tips . . . all supported by actual examples on the demonstration CD. A great introduction and way to give you the solid knowledge so you are able to "hold your own" with the other musicians.

6319 BOOK & CD $9.95

Jamey Aebersold: Jazz Ear Training

Chromatic Scale Exrecises
Major And Minor 2nd Intervals
Major And Minor 3rd Intervals
Perfect 4ths, Augmented 4ths, And Perfect 5th Intervals
Major And Minor 6th Intervals
Major And Minor 7ths And The Octave
Chord Qualities And Arpeggios
Major Triads, Root Postion
Minor Triads, Root Position
Major And Minor 7th And 9th Chords - Modern Voicings - 4 Bars Each
Mixed Major 7th, Minor 7th, And Dominant 7th - Random Movement - 3 Bars
Walking Bass Line - Major, Minor, Dominant - 4 Bars
Major To Minor Or Vice Versa - 2 Bars Each
Half Diminished 7th Chords - 2 Bars Each
Diminished 7th Chords - 4 Bars Each
Whole Tone Chords And Scales
Random Qualities - 2 Bars Each (Final Exercise)

A no-nonsense approach consisting of two hours of recorded ear training exercises with aural instructions before each. Beginning to advanced. Starts very simply, with intervals gradually increases in difficulty until you are hearing chord changes and progressions. All answers are listed in book.

6336 BOOK & CD $14.95

Stephanie Nakasian: It's Not on The Page!

Defining Jazz
Elements Of Jazz Style
Vocal Technique Ideas
Improvising And Scat - Getting Started
Examples Of Re-Interpreted - Getting It To Swing
Summary / Conclusion
Exercises Presented In The Accompanying CD

How to integrate jazz and to jazz rhythm into chordal and solo repretoire. An exciting an innovative guide to learning to sing jazz. Stephanie Nakasian is listed in the Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz as one of the world’s leading jazz singers. She first came to international attention in the mid-80s when she sang and toured with the vocal jazz master Jon Hendricks and Company – her “vocal jazz apprenticeship.” She teaches jazz voice and vocal jazz improvisation at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg. She has directed and coached vocal jazz ensembles and gives numerous workshops each year to schools and conferences. Find out things like Why an 8th note is not an 8th note, or Where are the hidden rests? A great resource for any jazz singer. Includes sample CD with practice exercises.. "All musicians (singers and instrumentalists) will sharpen their rhythm skills through this instruction." Dr. John Kuzmich, Jr. Jazz Educators Journal (IAJE)

6329 BOOK & CD $34.95

Jay Clayton: Sing Your Story

Can Jazz Singing Be Taught?
Singing the Jazz Standards
Practice Time
The Business of Music
How Do We Do It All?

Are you trying to learn the art of jazz singing, but don't know where to start? Pick up Jay Clayton's Sing Your Story! This practical guide will keep you in check as you begin to put your voice out there. Clayton offers an insightful look on how to find the best material for you to sing and the short-cuts in "talking down" your arrangements to your rhythm section. She also gives suggestions for a successful practice session and where to begin with improvisation. This book also comes with a CD full of instrumental accompaniments for you to practice with. Any aspiring jazz vocalist would benefit from this book.
6064 BOOK $24.95

Jay Clayton: Jazz Vocal Practice Series Vol 1

Take private lessons with the highly respected Jay Clayton. There are two Exercise Workouts on this CD. Both sequences of exercises have been designed for warming up, improving breath control, widening your range, and improving accuracy and intonation. Developing a good daily routine of working with the CD will help you develop control, strength, delicacy and flexibility. Your goal is to sing anything you feel and hear with ease.

6066 CD $16.95

Jay Clayton: Jazz Vocal Practice Series Vol 2 - Vamps and Blues - Practice Improvisation

Vamps are one or more chords repeated over and over again. Since the harmony doesnÕt change much, you have time to hear ideas and develop a solo as well as find new ways to articulate and build your personal vocabulary. There are eight piano vamps on this practice CD. Each one has a different feel and character and chord progression.

6067 CD $16.95

Judy Niemack: Hear It And Sing It! - Exploring Modal Jazz

-"Mmm" - relaxing the jaw
-"Ooh" - developing resonance
-"Mmm-mee-ooh" - correct placement of the tone
-Rolled "R's" - bringing the tone forward, adding "ringing overtones"
-Staccato arpeggios and legato sclaes - focusing on breathing and attack
-"Si-ah" - ear training, flexibility and range extension
The Creators of Modal Jazz
Theory Basics
-Building Chords
The Modes
Scat Syllables
-Pronunciation Guide for Scat Syllables
The Modal Workouts
Hear It and Sing It! In The Classroom

This great book/CD pack is an effective and fun way to improve your vocal technique and internalize the basic scales used in jazz. Designed for jazz singers, students of improvisation or ear training, choir directors and teachers of vocal jazz, it's an enjoyable way to learn the modes thoroughly and discover their possibilities. The CD includes vocal warm-ups suitable for all levels, exercises in each mode of the major scale, rhythm section tracks without vocals for improvisation, and more. The book includes transcriptions of the warm-ups, a brief history of modal jazz, theory basics, the modes of the major scale, scat syllables, transcriptions of the modal workouts, and more.
6056 BOOK & CD $17.95

Kirby Shaw: Vocal Jazz Style

Basic Swing
Tenuto And Staccato
Horizontal Accent
Vertical Accent
Breath Accent
Forte Piano Crescendo
Ascending Smear
Descending Smear Ascending Glissando
Descending Glissando
Vocal exercises

In this 2nd edition, the study of 18 basic vocal jazz inflections is made easy for the soloist or choral ensemble: basic swing, fall-off, smear, shake, doit, etc. The beginning or more experienced performer can find clear-cut desciptions and study examples for each inflection. Excellent tool for vocalists. Demonstration CD also available.

6362 BOOK $14.95
6362 BOOK & CD $34.95

Ken Pullig, Ted Pease: Modern Jazz Voicings

Ranges and Sound Characteristics
Fundamentals and Techniques
Basic Voicings
Chord Scales
Voicings in Fourths
Voices in Seconds (Clusters)
Voicing with Upper Structure Triads
Writing fo Six Parts

The definitive text used for the time-honored Chord Scales course at Berklee College of Music, this book concentrates on scoring for every possible ensemble combination and teaches performers and arrangers how to add color, character and sophistication to chord voicings. Topics covered include: selecting appropriate harmonic tensions, understanding jazz harmony, overcoming harmonic ambiguity, experimenting with unusual combinations and non-traditional alignments, and many more. The accompanying CD includes performance examples of several different arranging techniques.

6282 BOOK & CD $24.95

Phil Mattson: Vocal Jazz, The Art & Technique

The Rehearsal As Sacred Time
Choral Tone
The Architecture of Performance
Quality Literature
Vocal Technique
Complete Performances
Melody/Harmony Balance
Building Group Musicianship
Text/Word Stress
Harmonic Skill-Building Exercises

Phil Mattson, director of the School For Music Vocations, shares his wealth of knowledge and experience on this information-rich video. With the aid of the mixed sextet, VoicesIowa, who perform selections such as "Embraceable You," "Body And Soul" and "Dancing In The Dark," Phil gives an overview of harmony, melody and phrasing. Also, he expounds on the importance of quality literature, and gives the viewer a brief introduction to the chief contributors to the development of the jazz idiom. Phil also dispenses his philosophy throughout, and his integrity and insight into the process of musical performance - a process requiring the body and the soul - shows remarkable wisdom and clarity.

6001 DVD $29.95
6001 VHS $29.95

Doug Anderson: Jazz and Show Choir Handbook 2nd Edition

The Jazz / Show Choir Scene
Making It Happen
Organizing The Choir
Rehearsing The Choir
Making Your Own Arrangements
Rhythmic Understanding
Voice Production And Tone Color
Ballad Interpretation
The Presentation
Travel, Trips, Tours
Summer Camps
Common Jazz Rhythms
Conducting Patterns

This is a re-publication of Doug's famous "Red Book," Jazz and Show Choir Handbook, published by Hinshaw Music, which has been expanded from 150 pages to over 330 pages. Doug Anderson is among the pioneers in vocal jazz development in the Pacific Northwest with 30 years of high school teaching experience. He is the past National Chairman of the ACDA Jazz and Show Choir Committee and a frequent judge at vocal jazz and show choir festivals across America. In this book Doug shares his experiences and wealth of knowledge and includes Kirk Marcy's Soundsation CD, "Simple Gifts," mounted in the back with a listening guide cross-reference throughout the book. This wonderful book is also written to be a supplemental text for a college choral methods class or as a guidebook for the school jazz or show choir.

6449 BOOK & CD $29.95

Dr Gloria Cooper & Don Sickler: Jazz Phrasing - A Workshop For The Jazz Vocalist

Specific Rhythm Phrasing
Interpreting Eighth Notes
Specific Rhythm Figures
Open Phrasing
Exploring Different Musical Environments
Working on a Complete Arrangement
About the Solo Section
What Have We Learned About Jazz Phrasing?
Vocal and Instrumental Discography|

Jazz Phrasing: A Workshop for the Jazz Vocalist is a hands-on approach to fine-tuning important elements of jazz phrasing. The book (with an 85-track CD included) allows you to see how the music you hear is notated; hear the melody played instrumentally, accompanied by an experienced jazz rhythm section; hear many of the examples sung; and lets you experiment on your own with rhythm section tracks. It covers: Specific Rhythm Phrasing interpreting 8th notes, specific rhythm figures; Open Phrasing exploring tempos and styles, working with ballads; Tips on Performance choosing a tempo and counting off, telling the song's story, working with your ensemble; and more. The accompanying CD lets you: compare transcriptions to recorded examples, listen to vocal and instrumental examples, sing along with the rhythm section, create backgrounds and analyze arrangements. Jazz Phrasing is a perfect workbook for all jazz vocalists.

6043 BOOK & CD $16.95

Ramon Ricker: Technique Develpment in Fourths for Jazz Improvisation

This book in the Ramon Ricker Jazz Improvization Series is for the Advanced singer. The interval of a fourth is an integral part of jazz Improvisation and the sixty pages of reading and exercises will give the musician a good understanding of the interval's uses. The serious student should use this book as a supplement to aid and expand his harmonic and melodic vocabulary. When fourths mare mastered, They can ce applied directly to jazz improvisation and ultimately increase musicianship.

6331 BOOK $12.95

Jim Snidero: Jazz Conception for Scat Vocals

Jazz Conception is a method which includes scat singing, jazz phrasing, interpretation and improvisation that helps singers at all levels to learn the language of jazz! This book/CD set features 21 solo etudes based on standard chord progressions and blues, demonstrated by Amy London, accompanied by one of todays finest, swinging New York rhythm sections: Mike LeDonne on piano, Dennis Irwin on bass, and Kenny Washington on drums. See and hear how the solist phrases and articulates, sing along with or without the vocalist on the CD and learn the language of jazz first-hand. Start out fairly easy, then get progressively more difficult. Use the etudes as a bridge to solos of the masters that are usually more complicated and involved. Learn melodies and lines that will give you a solid jazz vocabulary and musicality. The Jazz Conception Series is also perfectly suited for the class room. It can be used to develop younger students jazz style in a big band or small group. In an improvisation class the teacher can use the etudes as studies in improvisation. The Study Guide provides an analysis of each etude, along with practice assignments for each.
6068 BOOK & CD $17.95

Willie Hill Jr.: Approaching the Standards for Jazz Vocalists

Billlie' Bounce
On The Trail
Cantaloupe Island
Satin Doll
C Jam Blues
I Got Rhythm

Approaching the Standards for Jazz Vocalists is an innovative, user-friendly approach to vocal jazz improvisation. Designed for the individual or group and male or female vocalists, this book and sing-along CD contains ten classic jazz songs selected from and correlated to Approaching the Standards Volumes 1, 2 and 3. Included are the same essential features as the instrumental books: CD demo, clearly written improvisation examples, jazz vocabulary, transcription opportunities, informative composer insight and a useful discography. Whether beginning their studies or improving their vocal jazz skills, all serious singers must have this book!

6340 BOOK AND CD $17.95

Dr. Scott Fredrickson: Scat Singing Method - Beginning Vocal Improvisation

Scat Blues
Railroad Rock
Shuffle The Deck
When The Saints Get Down
Swingin' at the Riverside
New Bossa
Take The Alternate "A" Train
Syncopated Samba

If you have ever wanted to learn to scat, try this book! Dr. Scott Fredrickson presents the basics of vocal improvisation in his book Scat Singing Method. This detailed book and two accompanying CDs include step by step instructions and exercises on how to use syllables, melody and rhythm for jazz singing. At the end of the method are eight arrangements for voices (solo with back up), piano, bass and drums. This book is great for individuals as well as the classroom. This new approach is based on the technique of theme and variation. By using the elements of vocal improvisation: syllables, melody, and rhythm, and applying the techniques, musical objectives can be met and instant success achieved.
6016 BOOK &2 CDs $29.95

Bob Stoloff: Scat! Vocal Improvisation

Rhythmic Considerations
Melodic Considerations
Melodic Solos
Vocal Bass Lines
Vocal Drum Articulations
Solo A Cappella Technique
Sing Along Patterns
Vocal Drum Grooves

Bob Stoloff is an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music. This book is a comprehensive how-to on vocal jazz scat technique. Beginning with an introduction to the history of scat and its evolution, it contains a virtual library of scales and exercises. Rhythmic, melodic and harmonic concepts, including modes, are discussed, with recommended methods for practice given. Also, vocal bass and percussion routines are explained. The accompanying CD allows the student to listen to examples, and then work on the exercises with rhythm-section accompaniment. "Scat!" is an intensive program, based upon application, not dry theory. Fundamental sight-reading ability is required to do the exercises. This book is an excellent resource for the jazz vocalist seeking to develop their style.
5321 BOOK & CD $24.98

Chet Baker: Greatest Scat Solos

But Not For Me
Dancing On The Ceiling
Do It The Hard Way
Everything Happens To Me
It Could Happen To You
Just Friends
You Make Me Feel So Young
This Is Always

Eight famous scat solos over standards, transcribed and notated with the original verbal syllables over each note. These vocal solos are wonderful pieces to use for the study of phrasing, scat vocabulary, and be-bop lines.

9157 BOOK $14.95

Steve Zegree: The Complete Guide To Teaching Vocal Jazz

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
The Sound Reinforcement System
Staging, Movement and Programming
Listen, Listen, Listen
The Gold Company Program

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!

6014 BOOK & CD $29.98

Carl Strommen: The Contemporary Chorus - A Director's Guide For The Jazz-Rock Choir

What is a Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Stylistic Elements-Harmony
Stylistic Elements-Rhythm
The Rhythm Section
The Vocal Ensemble with the Jazz Band
The Set Up and Sound System
The Rehearsal
Publishers, Composers/Arrangers and You
Perfectionist Carmen McRae
High Reward for a Privileged Few

A complete guide for the jazz and swing director, covering topics such as Defining your Vocal Jazz Ensemble, The Rhythm Section, The Vocal Ensemble with the Jazz Band, The Set Up and Sound System, Rehearsal and Improvisation. Carl Strommen's contributions to jazz band and vocal music make him one of the most performed composer/arrangers, nationally and internationally. His music is heard regularly in concert settings, television, and film. Mr. Strommen is in constant demand as a clinician and commission writer. His prolific and varied output has consistently earned him the annual ASCAP Standard Writers Award.

6528 BOOK $7.95

Steve Rawlins: 21 BeBop Exercises

Major Scale Pattern in Thirds
Scale Pattern Ending with Sharp Ninth
Half Steps
Minor 7 Chord Arpeggios
Three Against Four
"Doubling Up"
Circle of Fifths
Diminished Triads
Diminished Scales
Flat Nine Chords
Diminished Pattern
Diminished Scale Pattern
Minor I and IV Chords
Arpeggios- Minor 1 to Major IV
Blues Scale
Perfect 4ths
The Flat Fifth
Whole Tone Scale
Long to Short Notes
II-V7-I Progression

This book/CD pack by noted arranger and composer Steve Rawlins is both a warm-up collection and a manual for bebop phrasing. Its tasty and sophisticated exercises are designed for vocalists interested in further developing their proficiency with jazz interpretation. It concentrates on practice in all twelve keys "moving higher by half-step" to help develop dexterity and range. The companion CD includes all of the exercises in 12 keys.

6026 BOOK & CD $17.95

Niranjan Jhaveri: New Vocal Techniques For Jazz & Modern Music

Birth Of Jazz - India Vocal Institute
Plucking Sargams
Introduction And Background
Historic Notes
Some Features Of "Khyal"
Harmonic Verses Modal Improvisation
Use Of Lyric Verses Vocalese
The Indian Octave
The Drone
Complex Alankar
SRUTIS (Microtones)
Embellishments, Ornamentations
Vocal Rhythms

This unique book is a breakthrough by one of the world’s experts in applying East Indian vocal techniques to jazz and other modern music. Contains discussions of East Indian techniques and how to apply them to traditional and modern jazz harmonies, plus a sing-a-long CD of exercises and examples.

6318 BOOK & CD $29.95

Will Friedwald: Jazz Singing: America's Great Voices From Bessie Smith To Bebop And Beyond

Preface: Definitions
Forebears: The Birth and The Blues
Mr. Satch and Mr. Cros: Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby
The First Generation: The Late Twenties and Early Thirties
Cult of the White Goddess: Mildred Bailey, Connee Boswell, and Lee Wiley
Sing Me A Swing Song! - Canaries of the Hellenic Era
Lady Day and Lady Time: Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald
Brothers and Sisters: The Early Hot Vocal Groups
The Conquest of the Crooners: Pop Singing in the Postwar Era
Modernism I: Sing A Song of Bebop
Modernism 2: Ballads, Baritones, and B.
Modernism 3: Torme, O'day, and the Vo-Cool School
Sinatra! - And Other Swingin' Lovers
Singing Horns: Jack Teagarden to Chet Baker
Revolt of the Philistines: Problems and Answers in the Sixties
Present Tense: The Past Predicted, the Future Re-Created
Selected Discography: Further Definitions
Aknowledgements: "Additions to Further Definitions"

This comprehensive study of jazz singing is a revelation to anyone who owns at least one jazz recording and a must for the serious jazz enthusiast. Friedwald traces the growth and development of jazz, discusses performers who have never been thought of as jazz singers, and looks at contemporary artists who have incorporated jazz into their music. 16-page insert. "It's not often that a critic manages to redefine a field, but that's just what Will Friedwald accomplishes. There is simply no better guide to the art of jazz singing." - Entertainment Weekly. "Jazz Singing, indispensable as a reference source, is also a highly readable account of the dazzling phenomenon of an American popular song tradition of the past seven decades. Refreshing, offbeat - and it swings." - Boston Globe

5287 BOOK $21.95

Bruce Crowther & Mike Pinfold: Jazz Singing: America's Great Voices From Bessie Smith To Bebop And Beyond

I Hear Music
That Rhythm Man
You Don't Learn That In School
Fine and Mellow
Let The Good Times Roll
How Do They Do It That Way?
How High The Moon
Stairway to The Stars
Nice Work If You Can Get It
A Hundred Years From Today

Singing Jazz looks at the ups and downs of this tough profession through the eyes of legendary jazz singers, well-established performers, and some newcomers. Drawing on accounts from vocalists of yesterday and today in all major jazz styles, the book explores the musical influences of jazz singing; the learning process, whether on the road or in training; the challenges of building a repertoire, getting gigs, traveling, and performing under sometimes difficult circumstances; and the ongoing struggle for artistic recognition and financial security in the competitive world of popular music. To reveal the roots and evolution of this unique art form, authors Crother and Pinfold revisit the lives, words, and stylistic innovations of great singers in jazz history, including Carmen McRae, Dinah Washington, Mel Torme, Shirley Horn, Ethel Waters, Anita O'Day, and many more. Plus - interviewed especially for Singing Jazz - some of today's best performers illustrate the contemporary view of jazz singing. Kitty Margolis, Mark Murphy, Helen Merrill, Mark Porter, Christine Tyrrell, and many others discuss the influences and experiences that have shaped their singing careers, and share insights on how their art is still evolving today.

5199 BOOK $17.95

Susan Anders: Singing with Style: Jazz Vocal Warm Up, Singing Technique & Vocal Style Singing Lessons

Vocal Technique: Breathing and Posture
Range Expansion & Strengthening High Notes
Warming Up Correctly
Vibrato Development and Control
Building Better Intonation
Stylizing Technique: Phrasing & Ornaments
Pentatonic Riffs
Melodic & Rhythmic Alterations
Scat Singing
Lyric Interpretation
Texture & Timbre Changes
Making Smart Vocal Style Choices

Songs: It Don't Mean A Thing  
Stormy Monday   •   Baby Baby All the Time
Honeysuckle Rose   •   Good Morning Heartache
Ain't Misbehavin’    •   Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me
Our Love is Here To Stay   •   Cry Me a River
Lullaby of Birdland   •   So Nice (Summer Samba)

A 3 CD set with almost four hours of material that teaches good singing technique and how to stylize, using eleven standards played by a jazz trio. The Vocal Warm Up Section includes the songs with vocals and instructional tracks. The Vocal Style Section includes the songs with more stylized vocals and instructional tracks. CD #3 has the same songs minus the vocals so singers can work "without the training wheels." These tracks without vocals can be used as a vocal warm up, or for practicing different vocal style concepts.  The Vocal Warm Up and Vocal Style sections can be used independently of each other. The songs progress from very easy to fairly difficult. Low to high alto range: Eb- Eb (two octaves)

6426 3CDs $23.95

Ward Swingle: Swingle Singing Video

Scat Syllables
Mike Techniques
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Ward Swingle was the product of an unusually liberal musical education. In his hometown, Mobile, Alabama, he grew up with the sound of jazz and played in one of the great Big Bands before finishing high school. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Cincinnati Conservatory and studied piano with the celebrated Walter Gieseking in postwar France. In Paris in the sixties he was a founding member of the fabled Double Six of Paris, then took to the scat singing idea and applied it to the works of Bach, hence The Swingle Singers ("The Mod Squad of Baroque Music"), whose early recordings won five Grammies. In this video Ward Swingle shares his world-renowned 'Swingle Singing' methods by conducting an a cappella master class with eight talented singers from the San Francisco Bay Area. With his instruction, guidance and example they learn and perform four of his arrangements, giving the at-home viewer practice and insight into these techniques -- techniques that have made Ward one of the most influential figures in vocal music in the Twentieth Century.
4810 VHS VIDEO $12.98

Rhiannon: Flight

Rhiannon, a founding member of a cappella ensembles Voicestra (with Bobby McFerrin), SoVoSo, and Alive, has compiled this 2-disc educational vehicle for enhancement of vocal improvisation, breathing technique, lyrical visualization, and blending for common pitch, tone, volume and texture. It is a fantastic vessel for establishing a sense of musical freedom and instinct while also allowing for exploration within oneÕs own unique style. Rhiannon uses meditation techniques to intensify relaxation in effort of releasing inhibitions. The exercises are intended to expand creativity with courage, teaching the singer the need to explore and stretch all realms and limits of individual ability without the fear of failure. Rhiannon.s mission is based on the theory that music is the greatest outlet for self-expression, transformation and healing that will ultimately enrich the natural experience of life.

5451 2-CDs $24.98

Dr Kirby Shaw: Soul Clinic

Kirby keeps busy writing arrangements for Hal Leonard. Somehow, he still finds time to sing and tour with the jazz quartet, Just 4 Kicks, and do side projects, like this video, produced under the auspices of the newly inaugurated A Cappella Foundation. His delightful presence is a great complement to his years of experience as a music educator, and helps the medicine of knowledge go down as sweet as sugar. With an introduction reflecting back to his youth listening to the radio, Kirby vividly illustrates the difference between the white music he first heard, and the black radio he then fell in love with: soul! Along with the studio audience, who demonstrate each example, we are shown how to "mess with the melody," using vocal ornaments such as the appoggiatura, upper and lower neighbor et cetera. In that context, Kirby also imparts information about chord structure, picking out notes within a chord and commenting on their function, right on the fly. All along he reassures us that taking risks is what itÕs all about. Sixty minutes of fun!

4805 VHS VIDEO $24.98

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