Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The adaptation of contemporary instrumental jazz to arrangements for the vocal jazz ensemble
by Mostin, Sherrine Marie, M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 44; 1499280
Abstract (Summary)

This paper will use analytical methods to determine the different techniques used by Paris Rutherford and Kerry Marsh to create successful arrangements in the vocal jazz idiom. A comparative analysis will be made of two vocal arrangements from the libraries of each arranger and their techniques for converting instrumental music into vocal jazz ensemble music. This includes overall form, style of voicings, the use of a lyric or scat syllables, as well as the amount of original material retained. Using these findings I will go through the process of arranging a contemporary instrumental jazz piece for a vocal jazz ensemble which will apply my findings and analysis of the techniques used by Rutherford and Marsh. The practical applications of these arranging techniques are important to the vocal jazz idiom because they may encourage future arrangers to explore contemporary literature and innovative arranging techniques.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Briggs, Ray
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music
Publication Number: 1499280
ISBN: 978-1-124-85773-2
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