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.

charlotte lang

Swiss/Dutch saxophonist Charlotte Lang was born in 1996 in Basel and studied the bachelor and master program at the JAZZCAMPUS Basel under the guidance of Domenic Landolf and Daniel Blanc. She is currently studying the Master of Music in Global Jazz at the Berklee College of Music in Boston under the artistic direction of Danilo Pérez. In addition she is part of Terri Lyne Carrington’s Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice.


From 2015 to 2018, Charlotte she was a member of the Swiss National Youth Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Christian Muthspiel. Since 2020, she became a member of the German National Youth Jazz Orchestra (Bundesjazzorchester Deutschland), under the direction of Niels Klein and Ansgar Striepens. She also plays is the Austrian FJO (Frauen Jazz Orchester→Women Jazz Orchestra of Austria).


In 2021, Charlotte founded her own Quintet the „Charlotte Lang Group“, for what she is composing, arranging and booking. In the fall 2023, her first album will be recorded and hopefully released by a renowned label.


Charlotte plays in the “Swiss Jazz Orchestra” and the “Zurich Jazz Orchestra”, the two professional Big Bands of Switzerland.

Charlotte recently got the unique opportunity to write a monthly blog for the Swiss Jazz & Blues Magazine called JAZZTIME, to tell readers about her time at abroad and specifically her time at Berklee. Her graduate program lasts only until the summer of 2023. She hopes to stay in the United States to enlarge her network and build her musical career.