SSA or SSAA: Vocal Jazz
Many thanks again for your suggestions... Here's a new compilation
including all answers received and previously posted:
2 a cappella numbers come to mind.
Rock-a-bye Baby arr. Michelle Weir - Find at: http://www.micheleweir.com
How About You arr. Roger Treece - Listen at: http://www.myspace.com/
And here are some from me to add--tho', again, not a cappella:
In A Mellow Tone---Shaw
Isn't It Romantic ---Zegree
All or Nothin' At All--Shaw
Honeysuckle Rose--Shaw (I have not done all of these!)
I've Got A Crush On You--Shaw
Cry Me a River--Shaw
When I fall in Love--Brymer (great oldie!)
Check out www.michmusic.com. Click on arranging. She has a whole
SSAA section... most include vocal improv, but you can cut them
usually without detracting from the song at all. Michelle is a great
arranger, and a big name in Vocal Jazz.
It's not quite jazz. But Tina Chinn's arrangement of "Blues in the
Night" is a fine one, with a great piano part, and it's very
effective if performed with power and accuracy.
Please check out my Website: WWW.SMPJAZZ.COM We have wonderful charts
for SSA and all other voicings. We specialize in Vocal Jazz.
Also look for "How Do I Love thee". I can't remember the composer,
but it's published by Treble Clef Music. It's four part, but killer.
You can do "Someone to Watch Over Me" a cappella, but it isn't easy.
In fact, I don't know of any easy a cappella SSA jazz pieces.
Especially for a
group that doesn't have a lot of experience. Most a cappella jazz is
slow, which is even more challenging for young singers. If you
aren't stuck on jazz then "Mouse Madrigal" is a really fun a cappella
piece for a sextet. You might also consider Adiemus in the ssa
version. If you're able to use
piano "Taking a Chance on Love" Is a lot of fun and not too hard.
Also "Sun and Moon" from Miss Saigon is fantastic, but again, it's slow.
Not a cappella, but please take a look at "My Favorite Things" done a
la Coltrane - arr. Joy Hirokawa, published by Hal Leonard.
When I meet my Man.. Studio PR (I think) It kicks ssa vocal jazz butt!
In the Mood or Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy or Java Jive?
Check out arr. from the university of North Carolina www.unc.edu