Scatting the Blues


Scat singing — improvising over chord changes — is just one of the ways a vocalist can improvise, but it’s often the most intimidating. Fortunately, the blues is a fun and familiar vehicle with an easy-to-absorb harmonic structure that most people can hear. In this 4-week class, we’ll demystify scat singing by looking at the basics of blues harmony, swing, trading “4’s,” and developing a personal vocabulary of syllables. This is a “voices on” class with plenty of learning-by-singing in a safe, encouraging atmosphere. This is an excellent class if you’ve wanted to explore scat singing but didn’t know where to start, or if you’ve started and want to get stronger. Prerequisites: none! Open to all.

Wednesdays 6:30 – 8 pm
7/25 – 8/15 (4 weeks)
Andrea Wolper • $240


Andrea Wolper (voice)

Brooklyn-based singer and songwriter Andrea Wolper performs nationally and internationally. Credits as leader/co-leader include Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the New York Blue Note, New York JVC Jazz Festival, Jazz on the Plazz, Jazzfest Kassel, Edgefest and more. Her CD “Parallel Lives” (Jazzed Media) was on several best-of-year lists, and “TranceFormation in Concert” (New Artists Records) was a DownBeat Critics Polls Best Vocal CD.


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