Jazz Vocal Workshop Session 3

Free online event

Lenora Helm-Hammonds “The Vocal Approach to the Human Ear”

Portrait: Lenora Helm-Hammonds is associate professor, director of vocal jazz ensemble
Lenora Helm-Hammonds, associate professor, director of vocal jazz ensemble at North Carolina Central University

In session 3, participants will approach more advanced ideas of vocal performance. Improvising without scatting, then adding techniques of syllabic choices for effective scatting. A number of vocal improvisation settings are explored: circle singing, sight reading vocal ensemble charts; Indian classical vocal rags and gospel hymns. A deepening of the material from the previous sessions include solo transcription work, sight singing big-band charts and group-singing harmonic progressions.

Monday, November 2, 7 p.m. Zoom meeting event, free and open to the public. Please email Cookey Whitaker at whitak48@msu.edu to request the link and password.

About Lenora Helm-Hammonds

Lenora Helm-Hammonds is associate professor, director of vocal jazz ensemble and coordinator of vocal jazz activities at North Carolina Central University.

Throughout her 30+ year span of musical achievements as a Jazz Vocal Musician specializing in Classic, Traditional standard jazz, Lenora (Zenzalai) Helm Hammonds has toured, recorded, and performed with renowned artists around the world. Her career as a vocal musician has encompassed time as a lyricist, guest artist, background singer, composer, and educator at North Carolina Central University. A 2018 inaugural Javett International Scholar in Jazz for University of Pretoria, during her time as a musician, Helm Hammonds has earned recognition as: a quarter-finalist for the GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year Award, a Salzburg Global Citizenship Fellow, a UNC Global Educator Fellow, a Fulbright Senior Music Specialist, and the former US Jazz Ambassador under the State Department and Kennedy Center. Leadership roles in jazz include, Vice President, Area Unit Leadership, North Carolina, for Jazz Education Network (JEN). Additionally, she is a member of the esteemed Jazz Vocal Advisory Board for Juilliard Jazz, Juilliard, NYC, and is vocal jazz faculty during summers for Brevard Jazz Institute, Brevard, NC.

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