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Comparative Jazz Singing Styles

sandy cressman


From Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan to Mark Murphy, Kurt Elling, Gretchen Parlato and beyond, the various styles of jazz singing cover a lot of territory. This class explores several versions of the same jazz standard as sung by a range of masterful singers, both classic and contemporary, exploring the musical and stylistic devices employed by these great artists. Students gain new ideas to aid in the development of a unique style while preparing for an end-of-quarter performance. A professional accompanist joins the group for the final three class sessions and for the performance. Prerequisites: some jazz singing experience.

Tuesdays 6:30 – 8 pm
1/9 – 3/13 (10 weeks)
Sandy Cressman • $450


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. cressmanmusic.com


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