From Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan to Mark Murphy, Kurt Elling, Gretchen Parlato and beyond, the various styles of jazz singing covers 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. Through learning a tune sung by four master jazz vocalists, students will gain new ideas to help develop their own unique style of jazz singing. We will explore, sing, and absorb the musical and stylistic devices employed by these great artists, and then students will work on their own songs, using what we have learned, and prepare a piece for the end-of-quarter student performance.
Tuesdays 8:15 – 9:45 pm
9/18 – 11/27 (10 weeks) no class 11/20
Performance date: Tuesday 12/4
Sandy Cressman • $415
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. Cressman has performed and recorded with Jovino Santos Neto, Marcos Silva, Weber Iago, Antonio Adolfo, and SpokFrevo. 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 Jazzanova with Akira Tana, Branford Marsalis and Arturo Sandoval. She is also heard on a wide variety of commercials and soundtracks. cressmanmusic.com