Jumping In

As I mentioned in earlier posts, I have been taking jazz voice lessons from the amazing Alison Crockett. My plan when I started was to study for three or four months until I got my chops up. That being said, my last lesson was just a few days ago.

Alison’s admonition to me was this: Vocally, you’re good. Musically, you’re good. You just need to get out there and sing.

Well, today, I did that. I went to a jam session at the New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt, right in my neighborhood. I sang three tunes – Route 66, Gentle Rain, and All the Things You Are. I was nervous. It wasn’t perfect, but it wasn’t horrible either.

I had a conversation with Terry Koger, (who plays a mean alto sax) after I sang. He said that for vocalists, it makes a really big difference if the vocalist knows the tunes, has the lead sheets, and knows the keys and tempos in which he/she wants to sing. I did great on the keys, but not so much on the tempos – I should have been more assertive about that.

All in all, it was a good experience, and I plan to do more of these. The jam season I did today is a monthly session. And as I do this more often, I will be more comfortable and confident as I sing.

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