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McFerrin was born the son of two classical singers in New York City. Later he studied piano at California State College at Sacramento and Cerritos College. After touring behind the Ice Follies, he performed with a series of cover bands, cabaret acts and dance troupes before making his vocal debut in 1977. Long before his pop hit, “Don't Worry, Be Happy,” Bobby McFerrin was a true-blue jazzman, pushing the envelope with innovative sound and a voice that could imitate pretty much any instrument. He performs solo voice, but he manages to use his voice as the melody, the harmony, and the percussion -- all at once. He has a great amount of variety to his voice, with the ability to switch colors and tones in a moment. Not to mention his versatility as a performer: he has an ability to improvise in any scenario. His second album, The Voice, is notable for being the first jazz vocal album recorded without accompaniment or overdubbing. The live performance of “Blackbird,” showcases McFerrin’s vocal range and dexterity. On
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This note was uploaded on 09/20/2009 for the course MUSIC 273 taught by Professor Forgot during the Spring '09 term at University of Wisconsin.

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