Two important announcements: 1) Starting June 18th, 5 Summer “Sing Out” sessions will begin. Limited to 7 singers per, these hour-long group “Sings” feature select songs from the Great American Songbook and more! Reserve now! 2) Renowned Kenny Barron has a new solo piano CD out and it has received some “can’t get better than that” reviews. Downbeat’s newsletter ran one rave review for weeks. It’s that good. Recorded in France, “The Source” is an elegant accomplishment throughout, complete with lovely liner notes and a beautiful physical CD package. Elegant is such an operative word when it comes to Kenny Barron’s illustrious career and beautiful music.
The latest additions from the Kenny Barron collaborations in the Shop are “In the Slow Lane,” “Rain” and “Marie Laveau”. (The Lead Sheets page includes names of current and future titles to add.) Product pages have short clips, brief descriptions of styles and composers, and portions of lyrics. Return for new charts, or make it easier: sign up for “What’s New” below to join the email list for exclusive, periodic updates. Or email me.
After a much-needed computer and software upgrade, and some interruptions like most people are fielding in this day and age, I’m back to proofing new songs for the Shop. The Studio page has an overview of my work as a voice and musicianship teacher, speaker, and arts advocate. For more on my background, credentials, and as a professional musician, see JJJazz and About JJ.
Later this June, I will be debuting a new talk, “How We Learn: Music as a Metaphor”. These hour-long presentations inspire me to keep up with the neuroscientists’ latest research. One recent study concluded musicians are decidedly better learners, always balancing multiple networks firing across the whole brain. The neuronal connections in music even go to places in the brain other executive activities don’t go. I am always working on translating these discoveries using my lifelong experiences in music, my “passionate pursuit.” Another amazing finding: they can tell if someone was a musician. Not even scientists have that distinction. Study after study also reinforce music’s ability to stimulate endorphins and dopamine, and increase overall health. The “joy of singing” is not hyperbole. For topic abstracts, see Writer/Speaker.)
Visit Noteworthy for brief blog posts related to singing, music, and the arts. Drawn from research and teaching experience, topics include vocal technique, memorization, effective learning, and improving musical practice. Posts are infrequent given my schedule but hopefully rich in information. For your band, group, or organization, review the VTS list of Workshops. Again, a new small group Spring/Summer “Sing Out” series starts June 18th. For lessons in voice/songwriting/arranging, etc., please visit the VTS page or just email me. You can read how some former students voice their say on the References page. I hope to return to in-person performances this fall; visit the JJJazz page to book performances.