Paris Workshop: July 15-17, 2016


Friday 15 July   6:30 pm - 9:30 pm   
16 July 
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
17 July
10:00 am-1:00 pm
  2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
The workshop studio will be available
30 minutes before each session begins.
We ask that all singers please
arrive on time. Thank you!

Session Descriptions

Using call-response and phrase-trading formats, Bob will teach fundamental scat singing techniques including scat syllables, accents, rhythms, melodic and harmonic considerations and phrasing. Using a story-teller approach, Bob will teach students how to improvise a solo over basic chord progressions including blues, rhythm changes and common turn-arounds. Participants will practice improvising solos to jazz standards from Bob’s “Recipes” book, beginning with Summertime and All of Me. Girl From Ipanema, Autumn Leaves, One Note Samba and more.

Bob’s newest publication, Rhythmania!, is specifically designed to help singers connect with rhythm more intimately and incorporate rhythmic diversity in vocal performance. From funk and swunk to swing-opation, the instru-vocal exercises in this Rhythmania Workout are right out of the book and are comprehensive, challenging and fun to learn! Enjoy singing a variety of contemporary rhythms using special tonguing techniques, percussion, bass & brass articulations with a taste of body drumming! 
One of the more popular modes of vocal expression has always been the simulation of musical instruments.  This workshop teaches vocalists the language of contemporary drumbeats, bass lines and brass articulations using rhythmic patterns, special tonguing techniques and vocabulary for each of these instruments.

How To Solo Over Jazz Standards Is a workshop for vocalists of all levels who are interested in learning how to sing original solos over common chord progressions written to popular jazz songs.  Bob will review chord scale and arpeggio patterns using prescribed scat syllable articulation exercises. Then singers will study vocal bass lines, color tones and extensions. As the workshop progresses these primary melodic and harmonic components will be applied to a compilation of jazz standards using a technique called “phraseology.” Participants will sing written solos that demonstrate these compositional elements and learn how to use echo-motifs, line contour, rhythm displacement and melodic quotation. Hone your ear training skills by singing the roots of chords, vocal bass lines, color tones, scales, arpeggios, extensions and a solo composition integrating these essential components. The exercises are easy, fun and can be learned entirely by ear if you don’t read music!  

Bob’s unique approach to group improvisation teaches singers how to create music by weaving together spontaneous rhythmic, melodic and harmonic motifs. Group Improvisation Games offers a diverse palette of musicianship skills to an existing vocal ensemble, choral group or singers in a workshop setting.  Topics can include composition, tonality, harmony, dynamics, meter, instru-vocal articulation, motivic development, group blending, choreography and how to improvise using text. In addition, participants will develop confidence in their own intuitive musicality while learning about building community through both cooperation and leadership. The work deepens with the addition of background rhythm section tracks to provide rhythmic and harmonic scaffolds for vocal team improvisation. Emphasis on time feels, musical styles, groove variations and spontaneous composition.  

Join us for an exciting weekend of vocal improvisation
with master teacher Bob Stoloff!                 
About Bob

Location: Cite Internationale Des Arts

Fee: $350    

There is hardly anyone in the whole world who knows more
about scat singing than Bob Stoloff...he takes out the terror!
Mark Murphy

Bob Stoloff is at the top of my list as a vocal improvisation teacher...  he is a multi-instrumentalist who has patiently applied his vast knowledge to create the hippest books in today’s market place.   Bob is one of a kind. No one can explain rhythm to a group of singers better than Bob. A true master.     
Roseanna Vitro, Jazz Times

This guy knows what he is talking about.   
Howard Levy  composer, harmonica virtuoso  

Yes, we truly had quite a unique week together with Bob who, I believe, surprised us all, not only with his musicality, but with his humor, kind spirit and generosity. 
He is quite a remarkable teacher with keen pedagogical skill yet, more important, he has an intuition for each singer's needs.  We were all enamored by his personal manner of working with us as individuals and a group.  And I must add that Bob was, by far, the best educator I've worked with in the last 30 years.   

J. Rudnick (Zeeveld retreat, Amsterdam)


Once again, Bob has dreamed up an innovative  form to teach aspects of music that can seem daunting. In his clear, unique  vision, those aspects are organized in bite-size, vibrant detail.
What a treasure that Bob writes so generously and intelligently
for the music community of the world.
Thank you Bob.   

Clear, cutting-edge and comprehensive, Bob is truly revolutionizing vocal jazz education with his "Instru-Vocal" approach. His method is a powerful educational tool
for jazz singers on the path to becoming well rounded and deeply evolved musicians. Bob's workshop successfully combining vocal practice with theory, ear training, intensive rhythmic work, instrumental concepts, and is fantastically helpful for jazz singers
Michele Weir 

WOW! I wish this book had been around when I started teaching!  Helping students overcome that initial shyness and hesitation when learning to improvise is one of the hardest things to do. How many times have I had students burst into tears? No more! Bob has come up with an incredible array of simple and fun “ice breakers”, as he calls them, that will have students improvising before they even realize it. I thank you Bob, as well as my future students!
Michele Hendricks, jazz vocalist, educator