Developing Linear Vocabulary

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Developing Linear Vocabulary for Jazz Vocal Improvisation: Utilizing the Melodic Language of Chet Baker with Suzanne Pittson

Join jazz vocalist & Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Jazz Studies at the City College of New York, Suzanne Pittson, for this webinar. In addition to being a great trumpeter, Chet Baker was also one of the finest scat singers in the history of jazz, and, like Louis Armstrong, his scat solos contain the same musical ideas he played on the trumpet. In this regard, Baker has become a model for aspiring jazz singers. In addition to analysis of Baker’s language, this presentation will establish a methodology that assists vocalists in assimilating jazz vocabulary from recordings, using the piano as an aural and intellectual guide.