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Jazz and Contemporary Music | Jazz Ain’t Nuthin but Soul

Tuesday • December 5, 2023   |   8:00 pm 9:00 pm

Free – $20.00
Longy’s performance are free and open to the public, but please register in advance.

Jazz Ain’t Nuthin’ But Soul

The definition of a “jazz singer” has profoundly expanded since the days of the Great American Song book commanding the bulk of the repertoire. Style, genre, and repertoire have synthesized with or blurred the lines between broad swaths of various traditions. There is now space for just as much global folk, R&B, rock, classical, and other current style influences as there is for jazz vocal traditions in the creative choices of contemporary singers. Improvisation approaches too, having been built upon the scat singing roots of jazz, have expanded in a myriad of ways for singers. This course explores the many facets of the modern “jazz singer,” including diversifying repertoire, new ways to explore vocal improvisation, creative arrangement approaches, and style synthesis.

Jazz and Contemporary Music: Vocal Jazz Workshop Performance

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Sara Bielanski is a multi-genre vocalist whose repertoire encompasses everything from jazz to opera, and who has been described as “an artist of great dexterity and versatility” (All about Jazz) and “exceptional” (The Daily News of Newburyport). As a jazz musician, she has worked with artists including Yusef Lateef, Sheila Jordan, Ra Kalam Bob Moses, Rufus Reid, and Jim McNeely, among many others. She has performed in such venues as the Regattabar, Ryles, Les Zygomates, the Boston Esplanade, and the JP Morgan Penthouse, among others. She’s a founding member of the Boston-based musical improvisation group the Meltdown Incentive.

Bielanski’s collaborations in the classical genre have most notably included Opera Boston, the Tuscia Opera Festival in Rome, Boston Ballet, MassOpera, and the Chorus Pro Musica, among others. Recording projects include an ensemble demo of opera choruses for BOSE, ensemble work with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, a Bob Dylan project for WICN Radio, and her debut jazz album, From the Heart.


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Tuesday • December 5, 2023
8:00 pm 9:00 pm
Free – $20.00
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Longy’s Alternative Library Performance Space
Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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