Join jazz vocalist and PMAC instructor Taylor O’Donnell for a free event in The Jazz Language Lecture Series at PMAC. O’Donnell will explain how, at its very core, jazz started out as a vocal tradition. Leading from field hollers and cries, spirituals, and the blues, the beginnings of this American art form developed through singing. Discover more about the artists who used musical characteristics such as melodic improvisation, syncopated rhythms, and various unique textures and timbres to deliver a tune. From Billie Holiday’s raw emotion and Louis Armstrong’s rhythmic sensibility to Nat King Cole’s integrity and Carmen McRae’s irony, we will discuss how to take these musical elements to the practice room, where you explore your own sound, as a vocalist or instrumentalist.
Two other events in this series, happening the same week:
“Jazz! Hate it? Love it? Why?!”
“Music to My Eyes: A Survey of Art Music Connections”