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used for interpretive effect. Listen to: "Black Coffee" (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. Sarah Vaughn on YouTube™: "Perdido" (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. There were so many great songs to choose from! I picked "Perdido", a Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn tune. Check out "My Funny Valentine" or "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" if you'd like. Bobby McFerrin (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. is another vocalist who roots began in jazz but have stretched out to embrace pop and classical music. His early years as a jazz vocalist included work with Herbie Hancock and Wynton Marsalis then evolved into unaccompanied solo performance with McFerrin using only his voice to create the melody and body to create the rhythmic element. Listen to: "Another Night in Tunisia" (Links to an external
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site.)Links to an external site. with Manhattan Transfer and Jon Hendricks Manhattan Transfer (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. has had one of the most successful careers of any jazz vocal ensemble. The group established themselves by recording standards from the swing era in the late seventies. Over the past 20 years they have experimented with different types of jazz from Bebop (with lyrics written by Jon Hendicks) to Latin to Swing. Listen to: "Move" (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. Manhattan Transfer: "Birdland" (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. One of popular Manhattan Transfer performances. It came out in 1979 and was considered really hip because they put lyrics to the Weather Report song. Check out the hair styles! Ahhhh...those were the days! ;-) (Those of you over 40 know what I'm talking about.)
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Jon Hendricks (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. was the leader of the one of the most successful vocal jazz groups of the late 1950s, Lambert, Hendricks and Ross . This ensemble was significant for imitating big band charts with a voices and adapting lyrics to preexisting improvisations, a technique called "vocalese." Listen to: "Airegin" (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. Al Jarreau's (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. career has spanned the past 25 years. His early work was firmly rooted in the jazz tradition of improvisation, with Al creating sounds not typically heard from a jazz singer, such as imitating the sound of a flute or percussion instruments. In the 1980s he "crossed over" to more of a R&B and pop artist. He is one of the few artists to win Grammy awards in the jazz, r&b and pop categories. Listen to: "Spain" (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
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