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Bob Stoloff: Scat!

Roseanna Vitro interviews the master vocal teacher about his books and his instrumentalist approach to scat singing

Vocalists Joey Blake, Bob Stoloff and Bobby McFerrin sharing the stage (photo: Phil Farnsworth)
Vocalists Joey Blake, Bob Stoloff and Bobby McFerrin sharing the stage (photo: Phil Farnsworth)

I have been in love with great singers since I was a little girl in Arkansas. When I learn the history and experiences that shaped my favorite artists and teachers, I gain knowledge for my own artistry and teaching. Bob Stoloff is at the top of my list as a vocal improvisation teacher. He possesses a warm tone with perfect intonation, plus he is a multi-instrumentalist who has patiently applied his vast knowledge to create the hippest books in today’s market place. He also possesses a warm personality and great sense of humor.

Bob recently made New York City his permanent address and has released a new book titled, Vocal Improvisation. He is currently Voice Department Chair for the Institute of Contemporary Music at San Francisco University in Quito, Ecuador. He is an internationally recognized adjudicator, clinician, and jazz choir consultant. Bob’s publications include Scat! Vocal Improvisation Techniques, Blues Scatitudes (Gerard/Sarzin), Body Beats (Advance Music) and the brand new Vocal Improvisation: An Instru-Vocal Approach for Soloists, Groups, and Choirs (Hal Leonard/Berklee Press).

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