The music of the Harlem Renaissance was the foundation from which various American musical genres grew. In this brand new course, we will define the era and highlight its beginnings as we sing the greatest songs from that time by Fats Waller, Eubie Blake, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and more. Students are encouraged to bring in their favorite songs by these composers for instruction on technique, harmony, phrasing, solo or ensemble singing, key selection, and performance. The ability to read music is not necessary. A professional accompanist will play for the class. Open to all levels. The class will culminate with a performance open to the public.
7/8 – 8/19 (6 weeks) no class 7/29
Clif Payne • $300
Clif Payne (voice)
Evershift recording artist, international concert vocalist, and vocal coach, Clif studied jazz with legendary educator David Baker at Indiana University and Speech Level Singing vocal technique with Chip Hand and Rober Burnley in LA. Recording projects include a collaboration with former Kurt Elling music director Laurence Hobgood. His debut solo album — Welcome To My World — was released In 2016. Discovered by Bobby McFerrin, Clif has performed or recorded with Freda Payne, Bobby McFerrin, Bill Champlain, Lenny Williams, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Norman Connors, Harvey Mason and has opened in concert for Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis and Dionne Warwick. Clif has shared the stage with Dianne Reeves, The Commodores, Lionel Richie, Lakeside and Shelia E. clifpayne.org