Bob Stoloff

Bob Stoloff introduces you to Scat vocal techniques!

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Introduction to Scat singing

Bob Stoloff, born on 20 August 1952 in New York, is an American jazz musician (vocals, drums first, composition) and teacher. Stoloff, who grew up first in Port Washington, as a teenager played numerous instruments and from 1967 to 1969, the High School of Music & Art in New York City graduated, then worked as a musician. He studied 1974-1976 at the Berklee College of Music percussion, also began at this time but to sing. In the next few years, he worked as a studio musician and played as drummer sideman on numerous albums.In 1983 he was appointed to the Berklee College, where he taught scat. In 1984, he was (at the time Urszula Dudziak, Jay Clayton, Jeanne Lee and partially Bobby McFerrin included) with the Vocal Summit tour in Europe. In addition, he has also performed with Joey Blake and Bobby McFerrin. He presented a number of textbooks on jazz singing and teaching continues as Associate teacher at Berklee College, where he was deputy head of the Voice Department. In addition, he also directed the vocal training at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador. He can be heard on recordings with the Jazz Harp Trio and the Boston group The Ritz.Along the years he has opened several vocal jazz academies in different parts of the world: in Rome, Italy, in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and in Avilés, Spain.His official website: https://bobstoloffmusic.com/home

Bob Stoloff - Scat and vocal improvisation

Bob Stoloff’s teaching and performing experience reflect a potpourri of rigorous and diverse musical training over many years. Beginning with trumpet, Bob attended the High School of Music & Art in New York City during which time he played in concert bands, symphony orchestras, opera companies and show bands. His copious interest in playing musical instruments soon included acoustic bass, flute and drums. After graduating from Berklee College of Music as a flute major with a degree in Music Education, Bob became an active multi-instrumental studio musician in the Boston area. Bob’s musical pursuits, particularly his growing interest in recordings by Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, led unexpectedly to a successful career as a vocalist. Soon Bob was performing at major international jazz festivals with Bobby McFerrin and other top-notch vocal improvisers in the European a cappella group, “Vocal Summit.” Additionally, Bob took on the roles of teacher, Assistant Chair and Interim Chair of the Voice Department at Berklee during his 28-year tenure there.

A leading pioneer in the art of vocal drumming, Bob soon became known for his expertise as a vocal percussionist, in addition to being one of the finest scat singers in the world of vocal jazz. His methodology for “instru-vocal” improvisation continues to attract students worldwide.

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Intermediate

In this introductory course, Bob Stoloff teaches you vocal improvisation (Scat) using a variety of musical styles.

Unit Two teaches students how to navigate major, minor and dominant tonalities using an assortment of melodic patterns. Trade phrases with Bob in a variety of tempos and musical styles.

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Intermediate

Unit 3 of scat singing lesson introduces more progressive harmonic chord patterns including the II-V-I, extended II-V, and exemplifies how to modulate keys using the cycle V turnaround.

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Intermediate

Unit 4 of Bob’s Scat singing course is the culmination of all the rhythmic, melodic and harmonic information presented in units 1-3 applied to ten Jazz Standards.

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