Here is a song written in the big-band era, first recorded by jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald in 1939 and ideal for introducing beginning and developing groups to swing style. In the Discovery Series, it's
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Deke Sharon and J.D. Frizzell have provided a wide array of warm-ups specifically designed for pop and jazz choirs that will also work well for contemporary a cappella groups. There are over 39 creative
With sensitive lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, this ballad, popularized by Rosemary Clooney, lends itself well to beginning vocal jazz groups. The melody moves seamlessly from the choir to a featured
This combination of Birth of the Blues and Blues in the Night is filled with all the jazzy nuances you expect in such golden oldies. Use the recorded accompaniment track or a live combo to
The word "samba" comes from a Brazilian rhythm and dance, and the word "lele" is an expression of excitement. Vocal percussion, exciting dynamics, snappy rhythmic figures and a fun Portuguese text combine
This is a classic a cappella Kirby Shaw setting of a Gershwin ballad. Love Is Here to Stay appeared, perhaps most memorably, in the 1951 MGM picture "An American in Paris," for which it served as
Set in a fast swing above a walking bass, this Gershwin standard really cooks! Featuring a wailing group scat chorus, experienced vocal jazz groups will wow the crowd in this sensational chart!
Here is a swinging arrangement of the great American standard in a style reminiscent of the Count Basie big bands of the 1950s. Opening in a spare style with unison vocals over a bass line, the texture
Here's a well-crafted arrangement featuring the song used as the building block for what many have called the best tap routine in movie musical history. The short, notated scat section is perfect for
With lyrics comprised of only two sentences, this Henry Mancini/Johnny Mercer masterpiece won the Academy Award for Best Original Song when it was featured in the film of the same name. Vocal jazz groups
"I'm building all my dreams around you, my happiness will never cease. But nothing's any good without you; 'cause, baby, you're my centerpiece." This vocal jazz classic from the iconic group Lambert,
This Freddie Green standard was made famous in its instrumental version, Corner Pocket, by the Count Basie Orchestra, and later as a vocal by The Manhattan Transfer. Paris Rutherford's challenging
Heartfelt lyrics, rich harmonies and a smoldering slow swing tempo make this a fine choice for a vocal jazz ballad. Tastefully arranged, this piece is great for building phrasing and blend!
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