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Jazz for Vocals

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by SeaBassSteve, Jan 10, 2012.

  1. SeaBassSteve


    Nov 14, 2008
    (potentially wrong forum but stuck for location idea)

    Hi guys,
    Just wondering what people can think of in the Jazz/slightly funky area that has vocals. I'm thinking standards etc but I'm a bit clueless on thing with vocals

    Currently I have
    All Of Me
    An Arrangement of Mercy Mercy Mercy
    Autumn Leaves
    Satin Doll
    Aint Misbehavin
    Nature Boy

    Stuck for more ideas!

    Ps Group is 5 Piece : Drums, Bass , Vox , Sax/Keys/Guitar and Keys/Guitar/Vox
  2. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    my funny valentine
    you don't know what love is
    Body and soul
    If I were a bell
    Alice in wonderland
    I loves you porgy
    Never let me go
    Chelsea bridge
    Round midnight
    Girl from ipanema
    Summer time
    God bless the child
    Good bye pork pie hat
    Days of wine and roses
    My romance

    are the ones that come to mind without thinking about it...there are sooooooo mmmaaannnyyy mmmooorrreee.
  3. Freddels

    Freddels Musical Anarchist

    Apr 7, 2005
    Sutton, MA
    Just do a search for some jazz vocalists and write down a list of the tunes that are on the albums.

    Here's a few to start

    Billie Holiday
    Sarah Vaughan
    Ella Fitzgerald
    Carmen McRae
  4. ForSix


    Jul 22, 2008
    I'd say burn your Real Book and look for more Latin-oriented tunes like:

    Rio de Janeiro Blue
    Southern Exposure
    Louisiana Sunday Afternoon
    Basia stuff (Basia is the singer, not the name of the tune. "Astrud" is a good tune she does)
    Rene Marie stuff (She does Tennessee Waltz in four, and it's hilarious)
    There's a Sade tune called Smooth Operator that has a very nice groove.
  5. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Beyond The Sea
    The Way You Look Tonight
    The Look Of Love
    Fly Me To The Moon
    What Do You Get When You Fall In Love
    Girl From Ipanema

    Check out any Michael Buble cd. He's got a ton of good stuff!
  6. Febs

    Febs Supporting Member

    May 7, 2007
    Philadelphia, PA
    Something's Gotta Give
    Lover Man
    Night and Day
    That Old Black Magic
    Almost Like Being in Love
    It's Only a Paper Moon
    You Make Me Feel So Young
    Blue Skies
    Cry Me a River
    'S Wonderful

    and many, many others.
  7. pklima

    pklima Commercial User

    May 2, 2003
    Kraków, Polska
    Karoryfer Samples
    If you're looking for "slightly funky", then I second the recommendation to play more Latin-flavored stuff, though if you want all the lyrics to be in English that will limit your choices somewhat. "Smooth operator" definitely counts there, "Girl From Ipanema" has already been mentioned several times, also throw in "Corcovado" and "Desafinado" - I've run across English lyrics for those.

    I'd also recommend adding some Cole Porter songs, though it's not that easy to play or sing but a lot of his lyrics are great. "Love for sale" or "It's all right with me" should work great in slightly funky versions.

    Other than that, "I wish you love" is a personal favorite of mine, even better if you can do the original French lyrics as well as the English.

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