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The Vocal Jazz Summit brings together emerging and established artists, industry leaders, and vocal jazz fans for a unique, intensive weekend dedicated to performance, connection, and education. Leading jazz vocalist Alexis Cole and the team at JazzVoice.com lead the festival events, with workshops and masterclasses scheduled alongside non-stop performances. Multiple Grammy®-winner Kurt Elling headlines the festival with a special performance of SuperBlue: Kurt Elling featuring Charlie Hunter on April 8th.

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4:00PM     REGISTRATION

8:00PM    SUPERBLUE: KURT ELLING FEATURING CHARLIE HUNTER (IN PERSON & VIRTUAL) 


9:30PM     TEACHER SHOWCASE WITH MELANIE CHARLES  AND DOMINIQUE EADE (IN PERSON & VIRTUAL) 


10:00AM    MASTERCLASS: MELANIE CHARLES (IN PERSON & VIRTUAL)
Melanie will provide insight into best practices and her own specific approach, and then workshop with singers. A time of question and answer will immediately follow for the in-person and virtual audience. 


12:00PM    NOW THAT IT'S WRITTEN, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? WITH MICHAEL M SMITH (IN PERSON & VIRTUAL)
In this session Michael will discuss the purpose and process of Copyright Registration for your musical creation, take a look through the new electronic process implemented by the Library of Congress, and also go over a variety of things that a songwriter can do with their song once their copyright has been registered.


3:00PM     MASTERCLASS: RENÉ MARIE (IN PERSON & VIRTUAL)
René will provide insight into best practices and her own specific approach, and then workshop with singers. A time of question and answer will immediately follow for the in-person and virtual audience.


5:00PM     RHYTHM OF THE RELEASE - FORWARD MOTION AND COMMUNICATION WITH STEPHANIE NAKASIAN (IN PERSON & VIRTUAL)
In jazz and rhythmic music, space and time are perhaps even more important than tone. Feeling space determines how much rhythm we have in our singing and how much ‘forward motion’ (and therefore communication and impact) our singing and our song and story will have.
In addition, planning and executing how much ‘space’ and time are between the end of one phrase and the beginning of the next are crucial to the flow of the song.

This workshop studies the “rhythm of the release” and presents ideas and exercises for feeling space and time and for using these ideas to promote forward motion and technical freedom


8:00PM     ALEXIS COLE PERFORMANCE (IN PERSON & VIRTUAL)


9:30PM     TEACHER SHOWCASE WITH RENÉ MARIE, STEPHANIE NAKASIAN, LIZ TERRELL (IN PERSON & VIRTUAL)


10:00AM    ALL THE THINGS WE ARE: THE EXPANSIVE ROLE OF SINGERS IN JAZZ ENSEMBLES WITH DOMINIQUE EADE (IN PERSON & VIRTUAL)
Explore the history of the resourceful, creative use of the voice in jazz, and its symbiotic relationship with other instruments.  This session offers strategies and examples to consider all the possible roles of the vocalist in jazz ensembles, from arranging and composing to interpretation and improvising.  Dominique will demonstrate and provide practical possibilities to interweave the voice with all players on the bandstand, inspiring and empowering singers to embrace ALL the aspects of their instrument, with and without lyrics.

This session is for vocalists and instrumentalists of any level. Ideas are aimed at improving the involvement of singers in jazz education settings, but will also be helpful for the professional performer.

WORKSHOP PDF


12:00PM    PANEL: JAZZ RADIO PANEL WITH MARY FOSTER CONKLIN, JACK FRIEDEN, AND JAE SINNETT (IN PERSON & VIRTUAL)


3:00PM     PANEL: WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW FOR VOCALISTS, A PANEL DISCUSSION LED BY DOMINIQUE EADE (IN PERSON & VIRTUAL)


5:00PM     SAMARA JOY PERFORMANCE (IN PERSON & VIRTUAL)