Bob's Blog

Happy New Year!!! 

Hello music lovers!   
Our dear Bob Stoloff is taking a "retirement break". 
We are not sure if it is a forever retirement or a one or two year break from touring. 
But he is not touring in 2017...that is for sure., 

Bob had such a long time on the road in 2015 and 2016.  He was a real road warrior. 
When he came home in August he moved into a new beautiful apartment and is finding 
that the peace of being home is too much to resist. 

Please do feel welcome to contact Bob via email or on the contact page of…

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Thanks for the great summer!  

The Paris workshops was full of interesting and talented singers - as always, our annual retreat at Zeeveld was beautiful and restful welcoming returning and new singers, (stay tuned for 2017 dates) closing with the super cool workshop in hot Madrid! 

We have heard very positive feedback from singers who love the a la carte workshops which support more flexibility and a shorter time commitment than our usual 5 weekend Vocal Jazz Academy programs. I enjoy all the workshops, especially when I get to work with…

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How Vocalists Should Practice Rhythms 

All styles of traditional, contemporary pop, jazz and world music contain a nuclear composite of the three essential musical elements: rhythm, melody and harmony. While melody and harmony stimulate our emotional sensors, rhythm directly summons our physical impulses. Our bodies respond to rhythm precipitously, without thought or discrimination. We tap our feet, clap our hands, snap our fingers, or bob our heads when we hear and/or feel musical rhythms. But for those who perform music, crafting different…

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Rhythmania! 

It gives me great pleasure to announce the publication of my most recent work entitled “Rhythmania!” Students, teachers, professional musicians and dear friends from all over the world will be delighted to know that the book they have been asking me to write is finally complete. I’m very excited about the launching of this labor of love and thrilled to tell you all about it!

Rhythmania! is a comprehensive guide for vocalists who want to learn more about rhythm and hone their skills in reading and…

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My new book is here! 

Recipes For Soloing Over Jazz Standards is the title of my newest publication. This book is a unique, challenging, and fun way to learn how to improvise over the chord progressions. In Volume 1,  I have selected ten well-known standard songs selected from the Great American Songbook. Recipes is a harmonic approach to improvisation but different from traditional pedagogies typically used in academia. It’s about harmonic analysis and solo development strategies with a more contemporary, stress-less approach…

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#2 The High School Years 

Empire State Music Camp Waiter’s Bunk (Stalag 16), circa 1968.

2. The High School Years

Summers were spent in the Catskill Mountains at the shabby but awesome Empire State Music Camp, tucked away in a tiny town called Hurleyville in upstate New York. During the early “Borsht Belt” years, this location was a frequented hotel/casino called “Kramer’s on Luzon Lake,” that often featured notorious comedians like Buddy Hackett and Lenny Bruce. I spent five summers there and loved it so much I began packing the…

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Influences #1 

This is a work in progress but I’m having fun doing it! It answers the often asked question, “What are my influences” but for me that’s a very deep question with a very long answer.

My “instru-vocal” approach to improvisation stems from a long history of playing musical instruments since I was a child. The “music bug” first bit me when I heard Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik,” which I found among my parent’s small but tasteful collection of “high fidelity” vinyl disc recordings. Having discovered gold, I…

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