Contemporary Jazz Vocalists
Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning
Chuck Bergeron, Professor of Jazz History and Ensemble Program Coordinator at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami
Vocals have always had a prominent place in jazz music. Whether singing lyrics or scat singing, jazz vocalists are often regarded as another instrumentalist in the ensemble, adding their voice to the chorus of sounds. Early jazz vocalists, such as Billy Holliday, Louis Armstrong, Anita O’Day, Sarah Vaughan and Betty Carter, paved the way for this complex vocal style, and many talented vocalists carry that torch today, including Bobby McFerrin, Sheila Jordan, Norah Jones, Jane Monheit and many others. This lecture offers a look at some of the most influential vocalists to riff on the jazz scene in recent years.
This presentation is part of Chuck Bergeron's Jazz History series.
Chuck Bergeron is professor of jazz history and ensemble program coordinator at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music and is a leading figure in the field of jazz education. His students and ensembles have won many national and international awards and competitions. In addition to working with students majoring in music and jazz studies, Chuck is responsible for teaching the evolution of jazz and the history of rock and roll to 400 non-music major students each semester at the University of Miami.
As a jazz bassist and composer, Chuck’s unique approach to improvisation and compositional style reflects the wide variety of musical influences while confirming a deep commitment to his musical cultural heritage as a native New Orleanian. This can be seen in his leadership of the South Florida Jazz Orchestra — a critically acclaimed, modern big band comprising many of the top jazz artists and studio musicians in Miami.