Whilst working as Professor of Jazz Voice at Trinity College of Music in London for a number of years, I especially enjoyed working with ‘second study’ classical singers, they were superb musicians who wanted to explore jazz and popular styles. They knew their voices well and the value of practice but were somewhat flummoxed by the unfamiliar demands of singing jazz and pop styles.
I have been teaching at The BRIT School since it opened in 1991 and more recently, ELAM (East London Arts & Music) - these are the two top performing arts schools in London - along with various universities and colleges. I was also a vocal coach on tour with BBC Television’s The Voice UK. Singers range from musical theatre through jazz, pop, rap etc. to death metal and I (and hopefully my students) have learnt a lot about techniques for these diverse vocal styles along the way. This workshop is suitable for all (intermediate and above level) singers wishing to explore or improve jazz and popular styles.
Things to be Aware of…
Ultimate Guitar is a good source of chords for pop songs - though sometimes wrong!
iReal Pro is a great app for chords - mostly jazz but increasingly other genres. It costs about £10 and takes a bit of getting used to. You have to download charts from the forum once purchased but once you get sorted it’s great. It will also play a cheesy backing in any key or tempo, for you to practice to.
A clip of excerpts of ‘yours truly’ in action…
Baby Baby All The Time - Diana Krall
Baby Baby All The Time - Nat ‘King’ Cole
Baby Baby All The Time - Julie London
Baby Baby All The Time - The Superbs
Jazz & Pop Singing
Benslow Music Trust, Hitchin, UK. Fri 21st - Sun 23rd August 2020
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