Vocal Improvisation (Techniques in Jazz, R&B and Gospel Improvisation)

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Vocal Improvisation is an instructional book for singers who wish to learn how to improvise in the Jazz, R&B and Gospel styles. It includes exercises in the jazz style of Ella Fitzgerald, R&B exercises in the style of Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Roberta Flack, Beyonce Knowles and Aretha Franklin, and gospel songs and exercises in the style of the Clark Sisters. A brief history of each style of music is also included in the book along with two companion CDs that contain the songs and exercises. Goodman has covered all of the bases! Vocal Improvisation Includes: 1. Scat exercises in the style of Ella Fitzgerald and Betty Carter 2. R&B exercises in the style of Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, Chaka Khan, Beyonce Knowles and more 3. Techniques in Gospel improvisation 4. Developing repertoire in all styles 5. Expert advice on bridging the gap between classical and non-classical singing A brief history of each style of music is also included in the book along with two companion CDs that contain the songs and exercises. Goodman has covered all of the bases! This is a must have for all singers who are interested in the art of vocal improvisation.

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About the Author:

Gabrielle Goodman recording artist, author, educator and songwriter is an accomplished vocalist who has worked with the best in the business. She sings jazz, R&B, and gospel and holds a degree in classical voice. Goodman has worked with Roberta Flack, Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle, Michael Buble, Norman Connors, and many more, and she has recorded three highly acclaimed jazz CDs of her own. She has recently made her debut as an author with VOCAL IMPROVISATION (Techniques in Jazz, R&B and Gospel Improvisation). Ms. Goodman shares all of the secrets she has learned from the industry greats in her new book. Her jazz CD's include the highly celebrated Verve releases TRAVELIN' LIGHT and UNTIL WE Love which featured Goodman with Kevin Eubanks, Christian McBride, Gary Bartz, Gary Thomas, Terri Lyne Carrington, David Bunn, Tony Bunn and many other jazz giants. Her third and most recent CD, ANGEL EYES features her in a smooth jazz setting with saxophonist Walter Beasley, vocalist, Armsted Christian and others. The sultry ballad SOMETIMES, which was written by the singer, is a favorite among smooth jazz lovers. Gabrielle Goodman has also made her mark as a top jazz educator at the Berklee College of Music in Boston where has been a longtime professor of voice. But wait...her credits don't stop there. A true renaissance woman, Gabrielle Goodman is also an ASCAP award winning songwriter. She co-wrote the top ten hit You Can Make The Story Right- for Chaka Khan and has also written for Roberta Flack. Many of her songs appear on her solo CDs including the title track to Until We Love, September In New York, Manila, Brazilian Nights, Miles and many other jazz and R&B songs that have been widely performed the world over. A multi-talented artist, Gabrielle Goodman continues to push the boundaries of music in every spectrum.

Review:

Berklee College voice professor and soul/jazz recording artist, Gabrielle Goodman has recently released her debut book entitled Vocal Improvisation- (Techniques is Jazz, R&B and Gospel Improvisation). This exciting vocal instruction book has garnered high praise from everyone including R&B icon, Roberta Flack. Leave it to Gabrielle Goodman, seasoned pro that she is, to come with all of the answers for aspiring singers. It is her generous nature, having worked with so many musicians and being a great one herself, that makes it easy for her to give it up. She holds nothing back. This is not a scanner, but a guide to improved performance and an understanding of the singing voice of others and most importantly one's own. Roberta Flack --Roberta Flack -quote -SKy News

Gabrielle Goodman lays the groundwork for you to build and grow your career on. Jazz Singer -Kevin Mahogany --recording artist- Kevin Mahogany

Vocal improvisation is an excellent source for singers. Gabrielle demystifies the connection between blues and jazz to Rhythm and Blues and gospel. It's easy reading and clear with killer CD examples. Jan Shapiro Voice Professor and former Voice Department Chair, Berklee College of Music --Jan Shapiro

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