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Jazz Vocalists Organize

Ellen Johnson, Cathy Segal Garcia and April Lang, a trio of jazz vocalist-educators, felt jazz singers don’t get the respect or enjoy the success that jazz instrumentalists do, and thus founded the Jazz Vocal Coalition (JZVOC), an organization dedicated to the advancement of jazz singers just like them.

Johnson, who serves as the JZVOC’s president explains her peoples’ situation as such: “We all felt that we needed to be represented more in the music industry. The problem is that we are not taken very seriously in many areas and the solution was to create our own voice to generate a demand for jazz singing in education, performance, and recording.”

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