November 6, 2021 marks the return of the SongBird Vocal Jazz Fest following a crazy year ! We are so excited to bring all new workshops and presentations with a cast of incredible clinicians, artists, and lots of singing! Our 2021 schedule is currently being confirmed and will be posted on our website soon!
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (2019 Festival)
ALL EVENTS ON SATURDAY, NOV. 2 WILL BE HELD AT THE MUSE PERFORMANCE SPACE & VFW (across the parking lot from the Muse) IN LAFAYETTE, COLORADO. PARKING IS FREE FOR THE DAY'S EVENTS.
* Featured Performer Rachel Caswell will present an evening show at Dazzle in downtown Denver on Friday, Nov. 1st, as part of the 2019 SONGBIRD VOCAL JAZZ FEST! All registered participants for the Nov. 2nd festival will receive discount pricing for the Nov. 1st concert at Dazzle. Tickets available for Friday evening concert available at www.dazzledenver.com.
9:00 am - Registration
9:30 am - Vocal Warm-Ups w/ Tom Weiser
10:00 am - Workshop / "Participating in Jazz Jam Sessions" by Paul Romaine
11:15 am - Panel Discussion / "3 Generations" w/ Jenna McClean, Elena Camerin Young, & Peter Yellen
12:15 pm - Break for lunch (on your own.....many restaurants close by!)
1:00 pm- Workshop / "Beginnings & Endings of Your Songs" by Eric Gunnison
2:00 pm- Workshop / "Jazz Theory for Singers,Findng the Sweet Notes" by Jeff Jenkins
3:00 pm - Master Class / "Scat Singing" by Rachel Caswell
5:00 pm - Showcase Rehearsal with Band
6:30 pm - Break for dinner (on your own....many restaurants close by!)
7:30 pm - Vocalist Showcase! All day participants and a few special guests will present an evening showcase with the SongBird rhythm section. Each singer will present two songs for an audience to conclude the days events.
> See detailed descriptions below of each workshop offered. <
Due to limited space for workshops, showcase audience, and other events of the day, early registration is strongly suggested! *Schedule is subject to instructor changes up to Sept. 1, 2019.
WORKSHOPS, PANEL DISSCUSION, SHOWCASE DESCRIPTIONS BELOW
Vocal Warmups : We will start our day of singing off on the right foot (or voice!). This will be a group vocal activity led by professional jazz singer, Tom Weiser. Call and response, stretching, and guidance on care of those vocal chord instruments!
Participating in Jazz Jam Sessions : Singing in jazz jam sessions can be intimidating sometimes! In this session we will learn the most important things to know about calling tunes, counting them off and singing them well at jam sessions.
Panel Discussion : The panel discussion at the 2018 SongBird Fest was one of the most popular events of the day! This year we have invited three profession jazz performers of three different generations to answer your questions about working in the jazz industry and how the performance world changes as we grow in wisdom with age.
Beginnings and Endings of Your Songs : Create and communicate intros and endings to your arrangements/lead sheets that enhance and complete the songs in your repertoire.
Jazz Theory for Singers / Finding the Sweet Notes : Ninths, sharp 11ths, Thirteenths and more! Take the mystery out of these perplexing numbers, and learn to use these "sweet notes" in your vocal performance!
Master Class / Scat Singing with Rachel Caswell : Our featured vocalist & clinician for the 2019 SongBird Vocal Jazz Fest will offer a 2 hour class on singing, including scat! Rachel is a fabulous scat singer and her knowledge in all things jazz will be available for us to learn!
Showcase Rehearsal with Band : Our wonderful rhythm section (piano, bass, & drums) will be available to rehearse with the all day participants who wish to perform in the evening showcase. There will be a sign up list for designated time slots. Each singer may present two songs of their choice. Please bring 3 copies of each tune you plan to sing.
Vocalist Showcase : Our festival day will conclude with a showcase concert featuring the workshop attendees who wish to perform with our professional rhythm section. Each singer may present two songs for our live audience. This performance will be held at The Muse Performance Space and audience tickets can be purchased at www.museperformancespace.com. Snacks, beverages (including wine and beer) will be available for purchase at the Showcase Concert. All ages are welcome to attend as part of the audience.