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About Robert Stoloff


Bob Stoloff is currently Chair of the Voice Department of Instituto de Musica Contemporanea at Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador, South America. Bob is also a distinguished guest conductor, clinician and choir/big band/combo adjudicator of jazz festivals throughout the United States, Europe and South America. His unique and comprehensive workshops include traditional scat singing, spontaneous group improvisation and vocal/body percussion. In addition to his teaching at I.C.M., Bob has 4 publications available entitled “Scat!
Vocal Improvisation Techniques," “Blues Scatitudes," "Body
Beats" and "Instru-vocal Improvisation For Soloists Groups and
Jazz Choirs."

Bob's teaching and performing experience reflects a potpourri of rigorous and diverse musical training over many years. Beginning with trumpet, Bob attended the High School of Performing Arts in New York City during which time he played in concert bands, symphony orchestras, opera companies and show bands.
His copious interest in playing musical instruments soon included acoustic bass, flute and drums.

After graduating Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor degree in Music Education, Bob became an active multi-instrumental studio musician in the Boston area. His growing interest in recordings by the Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
Group, unexpectedly led to a successful career as a vocalist, performing at major international jazz festivals with Bobby McFerrin and other top-notch vocal improvisers
in the European a cappella group, "Vocal Summit." Additionally, Bob took on the roles of Professor, Assistant Chair and Interim Chair of the Voice Department at Berklee during his 28 year tenure there.

A leading pioneer in the art of vocal drumming, Stoloff soon became known for his expertise as a vocal percussionist in addition to being one of the finest scat singers in the world of vocal jazz. His methodology for "instru-vocal" improvisation
continues to attract students worldwide.

Robert Stoloff joined the JazzTimes community on Jul 29, 2012