Learn the ins and outs of scat singing. Topics covered include syllable choice, understanding song form, selecting tempos, working on articulation, storytelling, rhythm and more. Learn classic bebop repertoire including contrafacts (new melodies over pre-existing chord progressions) “trade fours,” and have fun while developing a deeper understanding of how to function confidently as a jazz vocalist. Open to all levels.
Wednesdays 8:15 – 9:45 pm
1/9 – 3/13 (10 weeks)
Performance date: Wednesday 3/20
Azure McCall • $415
Azure McCall (voice)
For nearly four decades, vocalist Azure McCall has been known as Hawai’i’s “First Lady of Jazz,” an heir to the tradition of Sarah Vaughan, Carmen MacRae, and Ella Fitzgerald. Acclaim from legendary artists like Dizzy Gillespie (who invited her to perform with him at the Monterey Jazz Festival), a tour with legendary bassist Ray Brown in a band that included saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Nicholas Payton, and command performances for President Barack Obama (a fan since his high school years in Hawaii) have combined to build her a reputation well beyond Hawai’i as an artist at the top of her craft. Recent years have seen touring to some 50 countries as a jazz ambassador for Celebrity and Royal Caribbean Cruises — but Berkeley, California is her birthplace, and her return to her hometown to work with the Bay Area Jazz Society is a sign of her determination to give back to her community. She hopes her homecoming will allow her to share her art through educational programs in the schools and outreach to homeless musicians in the Bay Area.