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Tuscany International Jazz Summer School
Certaldo, Italy, 17–24 August 2010

Deborah Brown, USA Vocal, soloing
Guillermo Rozenthuler, Argentina Latin music, vocal and body
Alyth McCormack, Scotland Vocal (Celtic)
Phillip Brown, USA Choir
Julian Arg├╝elles, UK Saxophones and clarinet
Edward Simon, Venezuela Piano, latin music workshop
Scott Hamilton, USA Saxophone
Duncan Hopkins, Canada Bass
Garrison Fewell, USA Guitar, ear training
Aldo Zunino, Italy Bass
Sandro Gibellini, Italy Guitar
Arnie Somogyi, UK Bass
Stephen Keogh, Ireland Drums, pulse workshop
Alfred Kramer, Switzerland drums
Gilad Atzmon, UK Saxophones and clarinet

The course provides first-class tuition and many opportunities to listen and perform. And, in keeping with GMF's philosophy, the course takes a broad view of music-making; the instrumental, vocal, rhythmic and physical disciplines together lead the participant towards new levels of understanding, concentration and awareness.

A note for the vocalists

Deborah Brown is one of the finest jazz vocalists in the world. Her magnificent voice and truly awesome technique have earned her a place as one of the greatest jazz singers of all time. Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, where she currently resides, Brown relocated to Europe for a period of 12 years during the 90's, where she was a teacher and mentor, while traveling worldwide on concert tours.

Her talent, versatility and interpretation can be heard on recordings, both with large studio orchestras such as the famous Metropole Orchestra in Holland, and in the more intimate setting of duos with pianists Cedar Walton and Roger Kellaway, as well as legendary trombonist Slide Hampton. During her residency in Europe, her own quartet, Jazz 4 Jazz, featured pianist Horace Parlan, Red Mitchell on bass, and the great Ed Thigpen (who sadly passed away recently). Deborah also recorded with the great Clark Terry, the Doky brothers, and has made numerous live appearances with the greatest names in Jazz including Johnny Griffin, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Roy Hargrove, and Toots Thielemans. She has also worked in a musical-literary setting on the recording "A Lover's Question" with noted African American author James Baldwin. She continues to enjoy a busy performance schedule all around the world, working with some of the most outstanding instrumentalists on the international scene, confirming her exceptional status as a jazz singer.

Deborah will focus on teaching singers important tips on how to save the voice and enjoy singing for years to come. She also shares ways on how to swing and how to scat. Her presence during the week provides vocalists a rare opportunity to benefit from studying and interacting with one of the greatest jazz singers in the world today.

Important: Singers should bring music they know or songs that are standards.

A rhythm section will be on hand to provide accompaniment for Deborah's classes.

Alyth McCormack was brought up on the Island of Lewis within the Gaelic culture which is known for its wealth of song, music and prose and Alyth grew up singing these songs. There are various types: working songs such as waulking, rowing and spinning, love songs, laments and particular to Scottish Gaelic is the puirt a beul or 'mouth music'. These are dancing songs written specifically for their rhythm and were used for dancing to when there were no musicians about.

This course is ideal for singers who are serious about improving their skills, who want to learn or improve their scat and to swing. Sight-reading is certainly not a pre-requisite and likewise, an understanding of music theory, whilst useful, is not a requirement for coming on the course. It is more important to come with an open mind, a love of jazz, Latin and Celtic music, and a desire to improve and learn.

Tuscany International Jazz Summer School


Tuscany International Jazz Summer School


Tuscany International Jazz Summer School


Tuscany International Jazz Summer School


1 Deborah Brown 2 Julian Arg├╝elles 3 Sandro Gibellini, Scott Hamilton 4 Arnie Somogyi

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