We are very excited to introduce to you our three-day intensives as part of our Summer Jazz Intensive Workshops series.
About the Vocal Intensive Intermediate Program
Designed for singers of intermediate level (with some previous performance experience and/or vocal and musical studies), participants learn the fundamentals of healthy, functional vocal technique and their specific applications when singing jazz and other contemporary and improvisational styles of music. Based on the principles of Jeannette LoVetri’s Somatic Voicework™, Jocelyn’s methods of vocal pedagogy address technical aspects of singing from an integrated, body-based perspective, seeking to establish freedom of movement, sensation and awareness in the throat and body in order to more openly communicate musical ideas and emotions. Topics covered include breathing, posture, registration (chest, head, mix), and tone, focusing on the development of each singer’s individual sound as specifically relevant to genres of jazz and improvised music. The workshop will address aspects of musicianship as applicable to basic jazz repertoire (standards, blues, Broadway show tunes, and contemporary cross-over genres such as R&B and pop), improvisation (through both lyrics and scat syllables), phrasing and interpretation. The workshop would explore basic harmonic progressions and help singers learn their way through jazz and blues chord changes through patterns and ear training, in addition to analysis of song forms, chart reading, sight-singing, arranging, and working with an accompanist and/or band of any style. Along with these fundamental musicianship skills, aspects of Brazilian vocal styling and Portuguese language pronunciation would be addressed (in conjunction with Richard Boukas’ work), in addition to microphone and stage performance skills. Each day of the workshop will begin with basic contemporary vocal technique work, adapting to the needs and level of each participant. Listening selection might include examples by Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Betty Carter, Billie Holiday, Bobby McFerrin, etc. Repertoire might include works by standard composers such as George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Rogers & Hammerstein, Jerome Kern and Johnny Mercer, as well as works by Brazilian masters such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Caetano Veloso, Milton Nascimiento, and selections in other contemporary genres. Singers are encouraged to bring in their own song choices, as well, to be explored within the workshop setting and performed at the conclusion. Due to the time limitations of the work-shop, a listing of suggested listening, performance repertoire, and easily accessible play back recordings would be provided to aid students in their continued independent study.
Dates: August 5 – 6 – 7
All sessions will be held from 11am to 5pm at our main space around the corner of Times Square. More detailed outline and information on the schedule will follow.
-A willingness to learn how to sing!
-At least 17 years of age
-Some of our intensives are better suited to intermediate and advanced musicians with a minimum of a few years on their instrument; other summer intensives, such as the beginner vocal and choir, are open to everyone. More details can be discussed during registration.
About the Faculty
Jocelyn Medina- Born into a family of singers, Jocelyn determined her identity as a musician at the tender age of five through choirs and piano lessons. She later pursued opera work at Stanford University, earned a Bachelors degree in Professional Music from Berklee College of Music, and a Masters in Vocal Jazz Performance from Manhattan School of Music. Currently based in Brooklyn, Jocelyn plays regularly throughout the New York City area showcasing her compositions, accompanied by the areas best musicians including Pete McCann, Nir Felder, Zack Lober, Chris Tarry, Cliff Almond and Todd Isler. In addition to her original repertoire, she sings, plays percussion and arranges for her Brazilan/World-Jazz project, sings and drums and with the NJ-based Rhythm Monsters West African ensemble, and is a member of the classical Brooklyn Conservatory Chorale. Jocelyn Medina Bio
Richard Boukas- Internationally acclaimed contemporary performing artist, composer, educator, author and journalist, Richard has led original music ensembles for over thirty-five years and performed extensively as a solo artist. A virtuoso guitarist and vocalist, he is recognized as one of today’s most important exponents and advocates of Brazilian music. A multifaceted artist-faculty member at New School Jazz and Contemporary Music since 1995 and former jazz faculty at Mannes College and William Paterson University, he founded and directs the Brazilian Jazz and Brazilian Choro ensembles. Read more
Brazilian Vocal Masters Workshop
In this unique and highly informative workshop, Richard focuses on the legendary vocal artists and composers who have shaped the evolution and rich diversity of Brazilan popular music (MPB, or, música popular brasielira). Using landmark recordings as a resource, Richard highlights each artist’s key style traits, choice of repertoire, creative and interpretive skills.
The workshop begins with the pioneers of Bossa Nova in the mid to late 1950’s (Johnny Alf, Carlos Lyra, Tom Jobim), then moving on to the vocalists who emerged during the Tropicalia movement in the 1970’s (Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Caetano Veloso, Elis Regina, Edu Lobo, Chico Buarque, Ivan Lins, João Bosco); the arrival of Djavan and the group Boca Livre in the 1980’s; the jazzy stylings of Leny Andrade; traditional samba composers Cartola and Paulinho da Viola; contemporary mainstays Rosa Passos, Joyce, Leila Pinheiro, Fátima Guedes, Mônica Salmaso, Paula Santoro and Filó Machado. A special section will be devoted to artists from the state of Minas Gerais (Milton Nascimento, Toninho Horta, Sérgio Santos) and brilliant guitarist-composer Guinga.
The hands-on part of the workshop will work on songs and lyrics from key artists to assimilate idiomatic phrasing (melodic, rhythmic and dynamic) and the pervasive absence of vibrato.
Richard will also share a concise guide to Portuguese pronunciation and how linguistic aspects and lyric/poetic forms determine key aspects of vocal phrasing. He will also provide valuable links to sites that archive artist song lyrics, audio and video.
Tuition and Registration
$495 Early bird special for registrations received by April 30th
$545 for registrations received after May 1st
To sign up for this Summer Intensive, fill out this brief registration form.
For more info regarding our summer program, housing, travel, and more, visit our Summer Workshop General Information page. For a more in-depth experience, inquire about adding a private lesson with someone from the NYJW Faculty during your visit. Learn more about how you can combine Summer Intensives to create a customized Summer Jazz Packages. Feel free to reach out via email at [email protected] with any additional questions.
What to expect:
When you join us for one or more of our intensives, you can expect to become a member of our tightly knit community. There will be musicians from all over the world looking to learn, explore and make connections. You will be making connections that last a lifetime. A typical day will be as follows:
11:00am – 1:00pm: Morning Sessions
1:00pm – 2:00pm Lunch Break
2:00pm – 5:00pm: Afternoon Sessions
Student will normally organize small groups or go check out some concerts. See “Fun Evening Activities” in the General Information page for more details. There will be opportunities for every student to perform outside of the school, more details coming up soon.
The New York Jazz Workshop Summer Series is held in our space at Michiko Studios in midtown Manhattan, just a few blocks from Times Square.
New York Jazz Workshop at Michiko Studios
149 West 46 street, 2nd floor
New York, NY 10036
between 6th and 7th avenue.