Jazz Vocals

David Berkman

Jazz Path

Primarily Acapella

Bob Stoloff
Denis Diblasio Darmon Meader Singing Jazz Diana Spradling


Judy Niemack

Paris Rutherford

Michelle Weir
(Vocal Group With Big Band)    

Steve Zegree

Paris Rutherford

The Vocal Jazz Ensemble

The Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Choral. Book with CD. 152 pages. Published by Hal Leonard (HL.8748002).

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This vocal jazz book absolutely has it all! From the ensemble audition process to the final performance and everything in between, this book truly covers every aspect of what it takes to begin and maintain a vocal jazz group. An absolute must for novice directors and singers and equally valuable for those with years of experience, this text provides a wealth of material on the full spectrum of vocal jazz education and performance. The enclosed CD includes recorded vocal examples.

Much more Information can be found on Paris here:


A sought-after clinician in vocal jazz, Rutherford has over one hundred vocal jazz arrangements in publication by Hal Leonard Music, Sound Music Publishing, UNC Jazz Press, and through Artist Share by Maria Schneider. He was a founding board member in the Jazz Education Network. Rutherford is a member of ASCAP.

In June 2008, Hal Leonard Publications published Rutherford’s book The Vocal Jazz Ensemble, in which he details the entire list of issues involved in directing a jazz choir.

His instrumental compositions and arrangements have been played and recorded by the One O'Clock Band, the Dallas Jazz Orchestra, the Air Force Reserve Jazz Ensemble, the North Texas Clarinet Consort and Adkins String Ensemble, as well as by the Dallas, Richardson and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras. In earlier years, Rutherford composed and produced advertising music for the Stephen Arnold Group, TM Productions, PAMS, the William B Tanner Corporation, as well as for his own production company in London, England. He is a former trombonist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

A native of Dallas, Rutherford received Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Composition at Southern Methodist University, and formerly taught at the University of Colorado at Denver.

Listen to just a few of his beautiful Vocal Jazz arrangements!

Paris Rutherford arrangements are published by Hal Leonard and you can preview all of his Jazz Vocal arrangements here:



Composer        Arranger       Jazz Vocalist       Clinician       Adjudicator

The Jazz Singers Handbook        ~         Vocal Improvisation

Michele is one of the leading figures in vocal jazz today. She has earned international recognition through a diverse set of talents as arranger, teacher, singer and pianist.

Michele's vocal arrangements are performed by The Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, The Swingle Singers, M-Pact, Beachfront Property, Chanticleer, Voice Trek and her orchestral works played by the Boston Pops, the Buffalo, Cincinnati and Pacific Symphonies, and others. Michele's educational arrangements are distributed by various publishers, including her own online publishing company, MichMusic. She was Vocal Producer for the Manhattan Transfer¹s 2009 CD release, Chick Corea Songbook, and her arrangements or compositions have been featured on the Shari Lewis TV show, Disney's 101 Dalmations Sing-along CD, and the Holland America Cruise line.

Michelle has excellent SATB Vocal Jazz Arrangements. For more info visit the link below!


Jazz Singers Handbook

Michele Weir: Jazz Singer's Handbook (Bk/CD)

Chapter topics include:

- Text Delivery
- The ABCs of Swing
- Coloring the Melody
- Organizing a Gig Book
- Phrasing is your Friend!
- Rehearsing a Rhythm Section
- Preparing to Sing a New Tune
- Rhythmic Grooves and Playing Styles
- Writing a Lead Sheet
- Creating an Arrangement
- Professional Resource Guide
- Jazz Chords Library

The Artistry and Mastery of Singing Jazz

This brand new book/CD set is designed for solo jazz singers, teachers, and is ideal for classroom use. Available for sale now at the MichMusic Store.

Section I, "The Artistry," explores the creative and expressive possibilities in jazz singing such as communicating emotion through the text, personalizing the song, coloring the melody, phrasing, elements of style, swing feel and other rhythmic grooves.

Section II, "The Mastery," provides information necessary to prepare for performance as a professional such as repertoire development, writing a lead sheet, transposing, creating an arrangement, organizing a gig book, rehearsing a rhythm section, a sitting in, and understanding jazz styles.

The practice CD includes sing-along tracks for standard songs, many of which are in two keys for different voice ranges, plus recorded examples of the performance and arranging concepts presented in the text. Demonstrations by Peter Eldridge of New York Voices, and Michele. Also included in the book is jazz standard song lists, recommended CD's by 20 great jazz singers, and a thorough index/glossary of terms and concepts.

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Vocal Improv

Vocal Improvisation is currently being used as a text at several prestigious Universities including the University of Southern California, University of North Texas, and Berklee College of Music.

This book can be used by any jazz musician or aspiring jazz musician, regardless of age or experience. The beginning level exercises would be suitable for a younger age group, for example as a fun introduction to jazz for elementary school kids or a high school jazz choir. Jazz band directors can use the CD and exercises to work with horn players on concepts of jazz style and articulation. Professional singers who wish to improve their skills in improvisation can benefit from working through the more advanced exercises and studying the Jazz Fundamentals chapter.


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Features of the Book:
The CD which comes with this publication contains vocal examples with rhythm section background. The vocal examples feature Darmon Meader, Don Shelton and Michele Weir. They are recorded on one stereo side only so that you can turn them off to practice with the rhythm section tracks alone. Most written exercises in the book correspond to tracks on the CD. Several cuts contain call and response so that you can get started improvising right away, with no theoretical background. (The rhythm section features Joe LaBarbera on drums, John Clayton on bass, and Michele Weir on piano.)


.Of special interest is the Interviews with Jazz Vocalists section in Appendix A. There you will find questions and answers about jazz and improvisation from some of todays leading professional jazz singers, including Mark Murphy, DeeDee Bridgewater, Kevin Mahogany, Kurt Elling, Bobby McFerrin, Sheila Jordan, and so on.

.The Solos For Transcribing section contains a list of recorded performances suggested for listening and transcribing. Both vocal and instrumental performances are included.

.The Improvisation in the Classroom chapter is devoted to ideas, methods and games for practicing vocal improvisation with groups of students.

.The Jazz Fundamentals chapter provides basic, theoretical performance practice and keyboard information to vocalists and educators who have not had the benefit of an extensive jazz background.

.The Glossary contains musical terms and phrases relating to jazz that are an important part of the working jargon of jazz musicians.

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Stephen Zegree

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Stephen also has a large selection of SATB Vocal Jazz Arrangments. Visit the link below to listen/preview!


Why spend years trying to figure it out yourself. Take advantage of a proven and acclaimed teacher's years of experience. Steve Zegree is the director of Gold Company (the vocal jazz ensemble at Western Michigan University) and is an internationally recognized authority on vocal jazz styles, repertoire and rehearsal techniques. This book was written to help, "classically trained" choral directors begin a vocal jazz group or improve an existing ensemble. Chapters include: "It's a Matter of Style," explaining the three general categories of vocal jazz, swing, Latin, and ballad; "Sound Reinforcement," which includes practical information on all the components of a sound system, including specific types of equipment and set-up; and "Choreography, Staging, and Programming" focusing on the great debate: shall we dance? Also covers Pop and Show styles. Includes a demo CD.

Table of Contents:

What is Vocal Jazz?
Roots and Traditions
It's a Matter of Style
Rehearsal Techniques for the Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Jazz Theory (in Reality!)
The Rhythm Section
The Art of Solo Singing
The Sound Reinforcement System
Staging, Movement and Performing
Listen, Listen, Listen
The Gold Company Program
Appendix I - Vocal Jazz Discography
Appendix II - Music Review and Evaluation Form
Appendix III - For the Aspiring Solo Singer
Appendix IV - References

Bob Stoloff

Vocal Improvisation



Vocal Improvisation. (An Instru-Vocal Approach for Soloists, Groups, and Choirs). Berklee Guide. Softcover with CD. 98 pages. Published by Berklee Press (HL.50449599).

ISBN 0876391021. 9x12 inches.

Learn to improvise in jazz, pop, rock, gospel, and R&B, in this user-friendly guide to vocal improvisation. Regardless of your level of musical training, these discussions, exercises, and games will give you technical knowledge and confidence to improvise expressively and effectively, within a singing group or as a soloist. The accompanying CD provides demonstration and sing-along tracks for practice. You will learn icebreaker exercises, groove-based improvising ideas, how to use essential scales and modes for building express solos, scat and other “instru-vocal” techniques, and group improvisational skills.

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A comprehensive approach to vocal improvisation with rhythmic and melodic exercises, transcribed solos, vocal bass lines and drum grooves, syllable articulation etudes, and more. The CD includes call response exercises, demonstration solos by the author and sing-along chord pattern in Latin, jazz and hip-hop styles with rhythm section accompaniment.





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Berklee College of Music's Bob Stoloff gives us another invaluable resource for aspiring singers with this instructional book/CD package on improvising on the blues. He covers the basics in the beginning of the book, going over basic terminology and symbols that you might encounter singing in this style, then moves on to rhythmic exercises using scat syllables. While these exercises have no recorded examples, they are very valuable to have under your belt. Stoloff then moves on to some different kinds of scales that you can use in the improvisation - major, pentatonic, and of course, the blues scale. The last chapter of the book includes eight blues "scatitudes," tunes that he wrote specifically to illustrate the techniques in the book. Each "scat" is presented in at least two different styles (like jazz, reggae, R & B, funk, fusion) and is played three times - once with the melody, once with the rhythm section playing an instrumental melody and once more with just the rhythm section. The book features each tune's melodic scat written out so you can start with that, but Stoloff encourages you to create your own over the background once you feel comfortable. For anyone looking for some great basic knowledge of the blues scale and how it works over standard chord progressions as well as some stylistic pointers, this one's for you!        (77 pp. softcover, 2003)

Table of Contents:
Musical Terms
Chapter 1: Scat Syllables
Chapter 2: Using Accents in 8th, Triplet and 16th Figures
Chapter 3: Major and Pentatonic Scales
Chapter 4: The Blues Scale
Chapter 5: Eight Blues Scatitudes


Judy Niemack

Hal Leonard Jazz Vocal Standards - Pro Vocal Series Featuring Judy Niemack Volume 18 Book/CD  Jazz Vocal Standards - Pro Vocal Series Featuring Judy Niemack Volume 18 Book/CD





Whether you're a karaoke singer or preparing for an audition, the Pro Vocal series is for you. The book contains the lyrics, melody, and chord symbols for eight classic songs. The CD contains demos for listening and separate backing tracks so you can sing along. The CD is playable on any CD, but it is also enhanced for PC and Mac computer users so you can adjust the recording to any pitch without changing the tempo! Perfect for home rehearsal, parties, auditions, corporate events, and gigs without a backup band. This volume features 10 popular jazz standards, including: All of Me • Bye Bye Blackbird • Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?) • Lullaby of Birdland • Misty • My Funny Valentine • One Note Samba (Samba De Uma Nota So) • Teach Me Tonight • Wave • You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To.


  • Softcover with CD

  • 64 pages

  • Size: 12" x 9"

  • Composer: Various

  • ISBN: 1423453182


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Jazz Path

Look Inside! View examples of Sing After Me and hear excerpts from the 20 track sing-a-long CD!

About the Author

Brian J. Kane attended the Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship, graduated magna cum laude in 1995, and later received an M.S.M. from Bridgewater State College. Brian is an active musician performing in jazz groups, rock and popular bands, and commercial recording. Also a dedicated music educator, Brian has taught classroom music in both public and private schools for over 10 years and given over 10,000 private lessons on saxophone. He has developed innovative teaching techniques for jazz styles, sight reading, and melodic improvisational concepts.

Sing After Me contains ten fantastically funny, unusually useful, amazingly adaptive, excellent echo songs to help students learn to sing with practically perfect pitch and deliberately delightful diction. The book includes a sing-a-long and demonstration CD, reproducible student worksheets, and movement, art, and language activities for each song and simple piano accompaniment. Ages 6-13


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Look Inside! View examples of Singing Tongue Twisters and hear excerpts from the 50 track sing-a-long CD.


Singing Tongue Twisters A-Z contains 50 fun filled wacky warm-ups to improve pronunciation, vocal range, and technique.  Perfect for teachers and kids, this fun sing-a-long book contains singing tongue twisters of variable difficulty levels, read-a-long worksheets, and a 50 track sing-a-long CD.  Singing Tongue Twisters is an excellent warm-up tool for choral groups and a fun practice workbook for individual singers.  80 pages with CD


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Choral and Music teachers say..

"I start every rehearsal by Singing Tongue Twisters for a 5 minute warm-up. My groups work on diction, intonation, and range and have fun doing it."

Classroom Teachers Say..

"This book is great for practicing letters and letter combinations. Even though I can't sing, my students love singing along with the CD."


Darmon Meader

Recognized in both the jazz vocal and instrumental worlds, Darmon Meader is a highly respected vocalist, arranger and saxophonist. Darmon has achieved international recognition as the founder, musical director, chief arranger, composer, producer, saxophonist, and vocalist with New York Voices. As a member of New York Voices, he has released numerous recordings on the GRP, RCA/Victor, Concord and MCGJazz labels.
In the fall of 2007, New York Voices released their long-awaited MCGJazz release "A Day Like This," and in January of 2008, Darmon released his much anticipated debut solo CD, And So Am I.

With the New York Voices, Darmon has collaborated with a variety of artists including Ray Brown, Bernadette Peters, George Benson, Maureen McGovern, Don Sebesky, Nancy Wilson, Ann Hampton Callaway, Jim Hall, Paquito D'Rivera and the Count Basie Orchestra. He has toured internationally, performing at such renowned venues as Carnegie Hall, Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival and Blue Note Jazz Clubs (New York and Japan). In addition to Darmon's New York Voices touring and recording commitments, he is increasingly busy as a soloist, sideman and studio musician.

In addition, Darmon is actively involved in music education, working as a clinician and guest artist at both the high school and university levels. Darmon has been the guest conductor for All-State Jazz Ensembles in New York,Arizona, Wisconsin, Illinois and New Jersey, and has made artist-in-residence appearances at numerous schools, including Northwestern University, University of Louisville, American River College, Humber College and University of Georgia.  Many of Darmon's choral, vocal jazz, and instrumental arrangements.  Visit Darmon's Web site here:


Visit the New York Voices web site here:  www.newyorkvoices.com

Darmon Meader Vocal Arrangements


 Stephen Sondheim - Send in the Clowns (from A Little Night Music)   

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    Send in the Clowns (from A Little Night Music)  By Stephen Sondheim. Arranged by Darmon Meader. For Choir. (SATB, a cappella). Choral Octavo. Pop Choral Series. Broadway; Jazz Choir. Choral Octavo. 12 pages. Published by Alfred Publishing. (27402)

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George Gershwin - Love Is Here to Stay  

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    Love Is Here to Stay  Arranged by Darmon Meader, composed by George Gershwin (1898-1937). Octavo for SATB choir (A Cappella). E Major. Series: Choral Octavo. 12 pages. Published by Alfred Publishing. (AP.25100)
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George Gershwin - Love Is Here to Stay  

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    Love Is Here to Stay  Arranged by Darmon Meader, composed by George Gershwin (1898-1937). Octavo for SATB choir (A Cappella). E Major. Series: Choral Octavo. 12 pages. Published by Alfred Publishing. (AP.25100)
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 Duke Ellington - Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me   

    Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me  Arranged by Darmon Meader, music by Duke Ellington. Octavo for SATB choir and piano accompaniment. Series: Choral Octavo. 16 pages. Published by Alfred Publishing. (AP.25116)

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 Duke Ellington - Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me   

    Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me  Arranged by Darmon Meader, music by Duke Ellington. Octavo for SATB choir and piano accompaniment. Series: Choral Octavo. 16 pages. Published by Alfred Publishing. (AP.25116)

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 Sam Lewis - For All We Know   

    For All We Know  By Sam Lewis. Arranged by Peter Eldridge And Darmon Meader. For Choir. (SATB). Choral Octavo. Pop Choral. Jazz. Choral Octavo. 12 pages. Published by Alfred Publishing. (28822)
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Vernon Duke, Ted Fetter, John Latouche - Taking a Chance on Love   

    Taking a Chance on Love  Arranged by Darmon Meader, lyrics by John Latouche, Ted Fetter, music by Vernon Duke. Octavo for SATB choir and piano accompaniment. Series: Alfred Pop Series. 16 pages. Published by Alfred Publishing. (AP.27310)
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 I'll Be Seeing You SATB/Unaccomp.

    I'll Be Seeing You SATB/Unaccomp.  Arranged by Darmon Meader. As Recorded by New York Voices. For SATB Choir. Choral. Sheet Music. Published by Shawnee Press. (A2214)

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Darmon Meader - Swingle Song   

    Swingle Song  For SATB Voices, A Cappella. By Darmon Meader. Arranged by Darmon Meader. Mixed choir. For Keyboard Rehearsal, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass. Darmon Meader Choral Series. Choral. Piano/Vocal Score. 15 pages. Published by Carl Fischer. (CM8908)
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 Anonymous - Shenandoah   

    Shenandoah  By Anonymous. Arranged by Darmon Meader. SATB chorus and keyboard. For SATB, Piano Rehearsal. Choral. Piano/Vocal Score. 12 pages. Published by Carl Fischer. (CM8805)
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 Paul Simon - Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard    

Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard  By Paul Simon. Arranged by Darmon Meader. For SATB Choir. Choral, General Repertory-Secular, Vocal Jazz. Sheet Music. Published by Shawnee Press. (A2121)

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 Anonymous - Deep River   

    Deep River  Traditional Spiritual, for TTBB Voices, A Cappella. By Anonymous. Arranged by Darmon Meader. Men's choir. For Ttbb, Keyboard Rehearsal. Darmon Meader Choral Series. Choral. Piano/Vocal Score. 11 pages. Published by Carl Fischer. (CM8932)

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David Berkman

I highly endorse this book for singers and sure wish it had been on the scene when I was growing up.”
— Sheila Jordan, jazz singer

  Finally, a clear, step-by-step approach for serious singers who want to improve their grasp of jazz harmony and gain a deeper understanding of music fundamentals.

  Learn to accompany yourself, write lead sheets, understand the structure of the music, and improve your scatting.

  The Jazz Singer's Guidebook covers all the instrumental, theoretical and ear training requirements that you need in order to gain control of the music you are singing!

  The Jazz Singer's Guidebook will change how you hear music and make you a better singer, as well as give you the tools to develop your singing in directions you may not have thought possible.


I highly endorse this book for singers and sure wish it had been on the scene when I was growing up. No 'shoo be do be's' in this wonderful new book. David Berkman is a wonderful pianist and human being. How great of him to take the time to get a book like this together for us. Bless him.”
— Sheila Jordan, jazz singer

David Berkman is one of the top jazz pianists working today and he brings his experience as an accompanist and as a teacher of jazz voice students to this incredible book - not only very useful to singers, but to educators alike!! A must have!”
— Dena De Rose, jazz vocalist, recording artist

Great book! Insightful, practical, entertaining. Finally a book for vocalists that is very well organized and clearly laid out. Thank you David!”
— Christine Correa, vocal studies, Columbia University, NYC

I have a vision for you, and for some of you this is radically different than what your musical life has been like up until now. I imagine that you can spend hours productively studying, singing, playing the piano, analyzing harmony, writing changes, and ultimately arranging and composing interesting music. This isn't something that is reserved for genius singers, or something that only pianists and arrangers have the license to do. It's a kind of practice that you can do, and you can see steady progress and musical growth through doing it. This sort of practice can change the way you hear music and sing it. It will make you more fun to work with and it will enrich your musical life.”
— David Berkman

Topics covered include:

- The basic piano skills necessary to accompany yourself.
- The harmonic basis of the melody of songs
- How to vary melodies
- How to develop a greater awareness of the important harmonic details of songs.
- How to write a lead sheet and how to evaluate the chord changes that are on a lead sheet
- How to hear tensions and chord tones on chords
- How to know and hear the appropriate chord scale for each chord change
- How to improvise from chord scales
- Ways to improve your intonation for scatting
- Plus hundreds of suggestions and exercises for scatting, composing, transcribing, understanding jazz vocabulary and increasing what you have to say as an improvising musician.

  Includes audio CD demonstrating many of the exercises in the book!

Sample Page #1 | Sample Page #2

Sample Track #1 | Sample Track #2

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Diana Spradling

The book vocal jazz artists have been waiting for! Finally, here is a substantial definition of what vocal jazz artists actually do physically and vocally. The findings are based on over three decades of teaching and almost four years of acoustic research including a study of 20 jazz artists from the first generation of modern jazz singers. Learn 9 different uses of vibrato. Learn how to practice and execute appropriate vowels, diphthongs and text treatment so as to sound more authentic. Study 10 common elements of 6 complete transcriptions of scat/improvised solos that can improve your artistry and authenticity as a jazz vocalist.

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Singing Jazz

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Singing Jazz looks at the ups and downs of this tough profession through the eyes of legendary jazz singers, well-established performers, and some newcomers. Drawing on accounts from vocalists of yesterday and today in all major jazz styles, the book explores the musical influences of jazz singing; the learning process, whether on the road or in training; the challenges of building a repertoire, getting gigs, traveling, and performing under sometimes difficult circumstances; and the ongoing struggle for artistic recognition and financial security in the competitive world of popular music. To reveal the roots and evolution of this unique art form, authors Crother and Pinfold revisit the lives, words, and stylistic innovations of great singers in jazz history, including Carmen McRae, Dinah Washington, Mel Torme, Shirley Horn, Ethel Waters, Anita O'Day, and many more. Plus - interviewed especially for Singing Jazz - some of today's best performers illustrate the contemporary view of jazz singing. Kitty Margolis, Mark Murphy, Helen Merrill, Mark Porter, Christine Tyrrell, and many others discuss the influences and experiences that have shaped their singing careers, and share insights on how their art is still evolving today.

Denis Diblasio

Book and CD for scat vocalists by Denis DiBlasio. This book and CD examines some of the problems that vocalists encounter and how to deal with them. For the vocalist that feels alone in the world of instrumentalists. Includes chapters on Jargon, Preparing Songs, Chord Voicings, Scat Singing, Scales and Chords For Scat Singing, Ear Training and Tips . . . all supported by actual examples on the demonstration CD.


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