Episode 2 of the new podcast is out: An interview with none other than Paris Rutherford!

New swing chart in the Starter Series: "It's You or No One"

JUST ADDED! "It's You or No One" (Level 2, SSAB) - A swinging, accessible and hip arrangement of a classic standard.  One part for the guys makes this arrangement practical for lots of real-life situations, and it can help make your group sound strong.  

 

 

Podcast Episode 01a is now online...a clinic on vocal jazz sound

 

A cool new Starter Series chart with a funny name...

Julia and I wrote this original tune for the Monterey Jazz Festival Summer Camp and it was a big hit with the kids and the audience.  It didn't have a name when we started camp, as it's a wordless vocal piece and we wanted to let the kids help choose the name.  So...funny story...I was writing the daily camp schedule on the chalkboard in our rehearsal room and thought I'd be cute by writing "Noms" instead of "lunch"...you know..."nom, nom, nom..."  And the kids thought it was cute, so yay me.  Then, the second day's schedule was different, so I had to write it again, but THIS time I got even cuter and wrote "Nommage", which one of the kids pronounced like it was a French word..."no-MAHZH".  And we all had a laugh and continued to try to find a name for this piece.  THEN, one of the campers looked up "Nommage" in French and learned that it means..."Naming".  So we all hit the floor laughing at the coincidence and proceeded to name the chart "Le Nomage (The Naming)".  Take a listen and see if this wouldn't be an awesome opener or closer for your group this fall...

By the way...the drummer on this track is my Canadian bud Matthew Chalmers, and your drummer doesn't have to destroy the universe the way Matthew does for this tune to work.  It's written as an afro-cuban groove, and there's drum notation to help your drummer figure out what to do.  I just noticed that his playing makes this legitimate Level 2 chart sound like a Level 4...so don't be scared, director friends!

HERE'S THE CHART PAGE for more...

Vocal Jazz and Beyond podcast Episode 01 is now online