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What Have I Learned in 2011?

I have had quite a year when it comes to singing jazz. I think about where I was when 2011 started. I knew what I wanted to do, but had a hard time figuring out how to get there. Here is a synopsis of my take-aways. Working with a combo – I have been with the […]

Chest Voice vs. Head Voice

I’ve been singing for a long, long time. My first solo was when I was five years old, in kindergarden. Our class was singing “Spoon Full of Sugar” from “Mary Poppins.” I was five years old, and my teacher said, “Mary, you have such a pretty voice.” Long story short, I sang by myself for […]

Beginning and Ending

Last week’s rehearsal was simply awesome. The rhythm section is really coming together well. I think we all left feeling good about things. The one thing we discussed was beginning and ending a song. What are the possibilities of beginning a song? V to Vsus? Last four bars? What’s appropriate for the tune? And how […]

My assumptions were correct . . .

The breath thing was right on target. I just returned from a week in Louisville, KY, where I was required to go for my day job. I didn’t get a chance to practice while I was there – no piano, lots of connecting with people, etc. But I listened! Today, I practiced Meditation and How […]


Today, I was listening to my Jazz Band Masterclass play list, and All Blues by Inga Swearingen started to play. As I listened to the haunting long tones, the thought occured to me that I really need to pay attention to my breath when I sing. And all of the information and techniques from my […]

Staying in Tune

Last week, I took advantage of technology, and decided to record myself singing “My Funny Valentine” over a track from the iRealBook. Boy, was I in for a surprise. Turns out that the perfect pitch ear that I had umpteen years ago has also gotten rusty. I was surprised at how many notes were just […]

Getting to Carnegie Hall

My dad was a jazz trumpet player, and he always told the Carnegie Hall joke. You know the one. A man was walking down a New York street, and came upon a street musician. He asked the musician, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” The musician replied, “Practice, Man, Practice!” When I first started […]