Jazz Vocal Improvisation - An Instrumental Approach

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Publisher: Berklee Press

Format: Softcover & Online Audio

Throughout Mili Bermejo's long career, she worked extensively as a bandleader and recording artist, joined by such frequent collaborators as Bruce Barth, Gary Chaffee, Eugene Friesen, Bertram Lehman, Vardan Ovsepian, Claudio Ragazzi, Tim Ray, Bert Seager, and George Schuller, among many others. Her final recording, Arte del Dúo (Ediciones Pentagrama), celebrates her 35-year musical partnership with her husband, bassist Dan Greenspan, and was included on Jon Garelick's best jazz releases of 2016 list in the Boston Globe.

During her 32 years as a Professor at the Berklee College of Music, Mili lovingly passed on her experiences as a third-generation musician, as well as the lessons of her mentors, including soprano Elisabeth Phinney, to such next-generation talents as Chiara Civello, Laureen Kinhan (NY Voices), Alex Panayi, Sara Serpa, Luciana Souza, Esperanza Spaulding, and Tierney Sutton. (From The Jazz Research Group)

Mili's long-awaited first book, Jazz Vocal Improvisation: An Instrumental Approach, is now available at Music Books Plus!

Learn to improvise like an instrumentalist! Artful vocal jazz improvisation requires knowing the changes, and all musicians need to understand what is happening on the musical landscape. This book will help you hear, understand and apply jazz theory so that you can solo as a complete musician. Each lesson offers a core musical concept related to harmony, melody and rhythm, integrating skills such as conducting and analysis, and reinforcing them with practical exercises. The accompanying audio tracks demonstrate techniques and let you practice improvising with piano accompaniment.

The audio is accessed online using the unique code inside each book and can be streamed or downloaded.

©2017, 136 pages