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The Vocal Jazz Summit is an annual conference designed to bring together vocal jazz enthusiasts, emerging and established artists, industry leaders, and the greater vocal jazz community to connect and engage one another in celebration of the art form, present unique educational experiences, and provide an environment to nurture and grow the vocal jazz community. The weekend will engage festival-goers with live performance, interactive workshops and masterclasses, and networking opportunities.

Festival Artistic Director - Alexis Cole:
A dozen albums into her career, vocalist Alexis Cole is hitting her stride.  As a sought after international performer, she’s appeared with her trio, with whom she both plays piano and sings, and is a frequent guest with big bands and pops orchestras.  She’s the director of the Jazz Vocal program at the SUNY Purchase College conservatory, the founder and director of the online educational community JazzVoice.com, and the cofounder and artistic director of the Virginia Beach Vocal Jazz Summit.

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ARCHIVAL RECORDING ALL ACCESS PASS - $35

Miss the festival this year? Pay $35 and have access to the archival recordings of the festival until April 30, 2021

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EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME

11:30AM

Topic: Virtual Venues + Jacktrip

Presenter: Bernie Furshpan & Dan Tepfer

Description: Virtual Venue Experiences Outperforms In-Person Events: Bernie Furshpan from the Metropolitan Room has been knee deep in helping their performers go digital. We learn from his wealth of knowledge and from the successes and failures of this past year as so many artists turned to online performing. Pianist Dan Tepfer has been presenting real time collaborations with musicians in remote locations. He tells us how he’s used the technology Jacktrip to accomplish the impossible.

This event is virtual and will be held on Zoom. Pass holders will only need a Basic Zoom account.

1:00PM

Topic: Practical Arranging Concepts

Presenter: John Proulx

Description: Join vocalist/ pianist John Proulx for an overview of arranging concepts that can be applied on any skill level. Learn how to use simple arranging ideas to make a song your own.

This event is virtual and will be held on Zoom. Pass holders will only need a Basic Zoom account.

2:30PM

Topic: iRealPro: Fantastic Features

Presenter: Nikolett Pankovits

Description: Join iRealPro director Nikolett Pankovits for a deep dive into the many features of iRealPro - the app designed by musicians. During the pandemic many singers have discovered the usefulness of this app. Now dig deeper into the practice features and customizability of the player.

This event is virtual and will be held on Zoom. Pass holders will only need a Basic Zoom account.

4:00PM

Topic: Vocal Jazz Improvisation

Presenter: Darmon Meader

Description: Explore the vocabulary that instrumentalists explore on a daily basis. Oftentimes, vocalists are intimidated by that whole world and don’t know where to start. Learn repertoire and lines that musicians practice. Geared toward a level of proficiency that should be applicable to all vocalists and all vocal ranges.

This event is virtual and will be held on Zoom. Pass holders will only need a Basic Zoom account.

5:30PM

Masterclass

Presenter: Cyrille Aimée

Description: Cyrille will provide insight into best practices and her own specific approach that has led her to success. She will perform a few songs for us, and then workshop with singers.

This event is virtual and will be held on Zoom. Pass holders will only need a Basic Zoom account.

7:00PM

Performance

René Marie

This event is in person and virtual. Virtual access to this performance is included with the purchase of a pass. In-person tickets are sold separately. Pass holders are eligible for a discounted ticket for the in- person performance please call the box office for more information (757) 499-0317. For more info click here.

8:30PM

Performance Showcase

Performances include: Cyrille Aimée, John Proulx, Nikolett Pankovits, Darmon Meader, Samara Joy

This event is virtual and will be held on Zoom. Pass holders will only need a Basic Zoom account.

9:45PM

Jam Session

Presenter: Jocelyn Medina

Description: Join Jocelyn Medina, Hostess of the Sunday Virtual Vocal Jazz Jam Session - open to all to perform. You can self accompany, use tracks or iRealPro, or sing a cappella!

This event is virtual and will be held on Zoom. Pass holders will only need a Basic Zoom account.

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EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME

11:30AM

Workshop Topic: Booking the Gig

Presenter: Ashley Shabankareh

Description: How do you you book a gig? How do you approach talent buyers and venues? What do you need to ask for when advancing a gig? In this session, we'll look at the traditional music industry model and ways you can get creative in putting on your own shows during COVID-19.

This event is virtual and will be held on Zoom. Pass holders will only need a Basic Zoom account.

1:00PM

Workshop Topic: Singing with Expression

Presenter: Rosana Eckert

Description: How do we find our point of view as a vocalist --our unique voice and originality? Is this something we can practice and develop intentionally? Yes! This journey will be broken down into an overview of four practice categories: Phrasing, Tone, Melodic Alteration, and Style, pulling concepts from Rosana Eckert's groundbreaking method book Singing with Expression.

This event is virtual and will be held on Zoom. Pass holders will only need a Basic Zoom account.

2:30PM

Masterclass

Kurt Elling

Description: Kurt will provide insight into best practices and his own specific approach that has led to his success. He will workshop with singers, and then spend time in a question and answer session.

This event is virtual and will be held on Zoom. Pass holders will only need a Basic Zoom account.

4:00PM

Topic: Tone Tuneup

Presenter: Alexis Cole

Description: Learn a vocal warmup and exercises to help make your singing more connected to your breath and tips to creating a luscious legato tone.

This event is virtual and will be held on Zoom. Pass holders will only need a Basic Zoom account.

5:30PM

Masterclass

Jane Monheit

Description: Jane will provide insight into best practices and her own specific approach that has led her to success. She will perform a few songs for us, and then workshop with singers. Questions can be addressed in the chat throughout the class.

This event is virtual and will be held on Zoom. Pass holders will only need a Basic Zoom account.

7:00PM

Performance

Virtual performance with Catherine Russell.

This event is virtual and will be held on Zoom. Pass holders will only need a Basic Zoom account.

This virtual event is also available for purchase by itself. You can buy a individual virtual ticket here.

8:30PM

Performer Showcase

Performances include: Rosana Eckert, Jane Monheit, Roberta Gambarini, Kate McGarry, Alexis Cole

This event is virtual and will be held on Zoom. Pass holders will only need a Basic Zoom account.

9:45PM

Jam Session

Presenter: Jocelyn Medina

Description: Join Jocelyn Medina, Hostess of the Sunday Virtual Vocal Jazz Jam Session - open to all to perform. You can self accompany, use tracks or iRealPro, or sing a cappella!

This event is virtual and will be held on Zoom. Pass holders will only need a Basic Zoom account.

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