Thursday, September 30, 2010

I hope you'll join me in Houston for this fun and adventurous voice class!
"The Art of the Jazz Vocalist"
Suzi Stern--Facilitator

Presented by the Jazz Institute of Houston
in partnership with
The University of Houston-Downtown

October 9th from 1:00-5:00 pm

Learn to make a song feel like a new and spontaneous expression every single time you sing it and get involved with the musical conversation that the rest of the instrumentalists are having on the band stand. information and knowledge of the jazz vocabulary is essential to eliminate fear so that you can take charge as a band leader.

From 1:00 to 2:30 : A Capella exercises to help free your musical ideas and find a new sense of courage and musical flexibility!

From 2:45 to 5:00 : Apply this new found perspective on the dynamic use of your voice in the performance of jazz standards. Jazz pianist and composer George Oldziey will accompany the vocalists and a sound system and mic will be provided. We will discuss use of the mic, stage presence, reading and understanding your charts, communicating your musical needs to the band and ultimately having a great time singing your tunes making them a fresh and spontaneous adventure every time you sing them!

Bring music for our accompanist to read, (two or 3 charts should be fine) and feel free to record the days session.

Location: The University of Houston, Downtown
1 Main St.
Houston, TX 77002
The Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium
3rd floor (Main Street Level) of the Academic Building
Cost $65.00

To register or for more information, contact Michele White at:
Complimentary Parking in the UHD parking garage

Jazz singer Suzi Stern is based in Austin, Texas where she performs regularly in addition to appearances across the U.S. and Europe. She has won acclaim for her emotional clear voice and for her own creative compositions and original arrangements. Journalist Brad Buchholtz of The Austin American Statesman says of Stern "Jazz singer Suzi Stern has learned the great secret that transcends art - that the voice from the heart is at the center of all virtuosity."

Stern is also a respected jazz educator. She was on the faculty of Marylherst College in Oregon teaching jazz vocals and improvisation, and presently teaches for Austin Live Music Academy through the University of Texas at Austin as well as teaching ongoing jazz clinics at Universities and institutes throughout the U.S. and Europe.

In 1997, Suzi won the JAZZIZ Magazine Vocals on Fire competition for
Best New Vocalist

What people are saying about Suzi:

" . . . a rare gem, a gifted artist who simultaneously defines and reinterprets what jazz is today."
- Beth Hoskins
The Buffalo Evening News / Art Voice

Stern's ease with a challenging melody is matched by her improvisational prowess...

Willamette Week

..the most polished scat singer in Texas...

Texas Monthly