Vocal Jazz Summit 2021 Set for March 27-28

Mike Lawson • News • March 19, 2021

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The first annual Vocal Jazz Summit kicks off The Z’s spring schedule with a packed virtual schedule.

Virginia Beach, VA-based Zeiders American Dream Theater (The Z) in Town Center, under the leadership of Artistic Director Bart Kuebler and Executive Director Terry Flint, will present the Vocal Jazz Summit March 27-28. The annual conference is artistically led by Alexis Cole and produced by Elizabeth Terrell.

More details from The Z (www.thez.org):

The Vocal Jazz Summit is an annual conference designed to bring together vocal jazz enthusiasts, emerging and established artists, industry leaders, and the greater vocal jazz community to connect and engage one another in celebration of the art form, present unique educational experiences, and provide an environment to nurture and grow the vocal jazz community. The weekend will engage festival-goers with live performances, interactive workshops, masterclasses, and networking opportunities.

This year’s festival is comprised of 20 regional and national artists with 15 different events over the course of two days. With 95% of the festival virtual in its first year, there is opportunity for Pass Holders to get the full experience without having to travel. Festival Artistic Director, Alexis Cole adds, “The Vocal Jazz Summit brings the highest level of Vocal Jazz Education to singers, regardless of their level of proficiency, experience, education or age. With classes, performances and an opportunity to participate in a nightly jam session, singers will grow and build community with others who share their passion. We’re excited to get a virtual start this year, and we look forward to meeting in person next Spring” The full schedule is at the end of this press release.

Part of the The Z’s mission is foster emerging artists and with this Vocal Jazz Summit, they are able to create an environment for those artists. “The Vocal Jazz Summit has been three years in the making, and we intend for it to continue to grow and become a staple at The Z, and we hope, a staple within the local, regional, national, and international vocal jazz community.” says festival producer, Elizabeth Terrell. This careful planning has opened the door for artists like René Marie, Kurt Elling, Catherine Russell and Jane Monheit, just to name a few, to offer very personal masterclasses or performances.

Saturday, March 27, 2021 (All Times are in Eastern Daylight Time)

  • 11:00 am Coffee and Donuts with Presenters
  • 11:30 am Virtual Venues + Jacktrip: Live Virtual Workshop with Bernie Furshpan & Dan Tepfer
  • 1:00 pm Practical Arranging Concepts: Live Virtual Workshop with John Proulx
  • 2:30 pm iRealPro: Fantastic Features: Live Virtual Workshop with Nikolett Pankovits
  • 4:00 pm Vocal Jazz Improvisation: Live Virtual Workshop with Darmon Meader
  • 5:30 pm Live Virtual Masterclass with Cyrille Aimée
  • 7:00 pm In-Person and Live Streamed Performance with René Marie (Live Stream Access Included in Pass Purchase; In-Person tickets sold separately)
  • 8:30 pm Live Streamed Performance Showcase featuring Cyrille Aimée, John Proulx, Nikolett Pankovits, Darmon Meader, and Samara Joy
  • 9:45 pm Jam Session with Jocelyn Medina

Sunday, March 28, 2021 (All times are Eastern Daylight Time)

  • 11:00 am Coffee and Donuts with Presenters
  • 11:30 am Booking the Gig: Live Virtual Workshop with Ashley Shabankareh
  • 1:00 pm Singing with Expression: Live Virtual Workshop with Rosana Eckert
  • 2:30 pm Live Virtual Masterclass with Kurt Elling
  • 4:00 pmTone Tuneup: Live Virtual Workshop with Alexis Cole
  • 5:30 pm Live Virtual Masterclass with Jane Monheit
  • 7:00 pm Live Streamed Performance with Catherine Russell
  • 8:30 pm Live Streamed Performance Showcase featuring Rosana Eckert, Jane Monheit, Roberta Gambarini, Kate McGarry, and Alexis Cole
  • 9:45 pm Jam Session with Jocelyn Medina

All Access passes are available for $75. $55 passes are available for Senior/Military and $25 passes are available for Students. Individual tickets for the René Marie performance on March 27 at 7pm are available for $20. Limited seating is available for the in-person René Marie performance on March 27. Vocal Jazz Summit runs March 27-28, 2021 and a full list of events, workshops and sessions can be found at https://thez.org/vocaljazzsummit/

New COVID-19 policies can be found at https://thez.org/covid-19-patron-policies/



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