The Improvising Jazz Singer

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The Improvising Jazz Singer

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Overview & Registration



Singing a standard as written is the first step when learning a tune but to be a jazz performer, a singer must improvise! Improvisation can be everything from creative phrasing to interpreting the lyric in a personal way. In this class, students will be coached on improvising with the lyrics and/or soloing like a horn. This is a fun, encouraging and informative class for students to work on songs of their choice over the 6-week session in preparation for a performance at the end of the term. Prerequisites: none! Open to all.

Saturdays 11:45 am – 1:15 pm
7/14 – 8/18 (6 weeks)
Azure McCall • $320


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Azure McCall (storyteller)

Hawaii’s first lady of jazz is a multi-award winning vocalist. She is heir to the vocal tradition of Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae and Ella Fitzgerald. Her warmth and sense of humor fuel every interpretation. After releasing her first CD ‘Body and Soul’ she was asked by the great bassist Ray Brown to be his vocalist on tour. Of course, she accepted, beginning an incredible jazz journey – school was in! Soon after, Azure became the first singer to work with Freddie Hubbard’s band. Additional collaborators include Frank Morgan, Tennyson Stephens, Joe Lovano, Geoffrey Keezer, Curtis Lundy, Dizzy Gillespie and many more. In 2008, President Barack Obama asked her to perform at his pre-election party. “That’s why he won,” Azure says (smiling). Azure became the ‘jazz diva’ for Celebrity and Royal Caribbean Cruises. She has traveled to more than 50 countries.

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