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Bossa Nova for Jazz Singers

sandy cressman


This fascinating course explores the roots of Brazilian bossa nova and samba. Instructor Sandy Cressman teaches singers the signature rhythmic grooves of Brazilian music as a foundation for the interpretation of standard and not-so-standard bossa novas. Vocal phrasing and Portuguese pronunciation are also covered (in addition to a few carefully chosen English translations). A pianist or guitarist accompanies the class each week, and the course concludes with an end-of-quarter performance.

Tuesdays 6:30 – 8 pm
4/4 – 6/6 (10 weeks)
Sandy Cressman • $425


Sandy Cressman (voice)

Educated at UC Berkeley and San Jose State University; international performing and recording artist and clinician. Artist-in Residence or lecturer at Jazz Education Network Conference, Cornish Institute of the Arts, San Francisco State University, CSU Long Beach, KUG University (Graz Austria), ASMM (Paris), Voice Conference Munich, JazzCamp West, Stanford Jazz Camp and California Brazil Summer Camp. Bandleader of critically acclaimed Homenagem Brasileira Quintet. Featured artist with Ray Obiedo’s Mistura Fina and Jai Uttal’s Pagan Love Orchestra. Cressman is an in-demand studio vocalist for Latin and world jazz styles, most recently featured on Bossa Nova Dreams with Akira Tana, Branford Marsalis and Arturo Sandoval. She is also heard on a wide variety of commercials and soundtracks.



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