15 04, 2017

Bette Midler: how to WOW your audience

2017-04-15T15:29:05+00:00

I’m 26 and I love to sing, but I feel a bit uncertain about talking to my audience. So I decide to dive into the literature of the performing arts. I bump into the book: “The Singing Entertainer.” Yes! That’s the book for me.       I completely devour the advice [...]

31 03, 2017

How to breathe yourself into peak performance

2017-04-13T13:38:11+00:00

After I climbed the narrow Amsterdam stairs to the third floor, I have to take off my shoes. Of course. I forgot. Again. Don’t you just love it. With her clear blue eyes, she observes me. “Please sit down”, she quietly invites me. I just turned twenty, a rushed and unsettled student - I throw [...]

3 03, 2017

Betty Carter: how to sound original

2017-04-13T13:38:49+00:00

I’m in Montreux with my friends, singers Clare Foster and Twana Rhodes - we’re touring in Switzerland with our colorful close harmony act. As we stroll over one of the afternoon’s sunny plaza’s, all of a sudden Twana spots Betty Carter in the crowd. And they know each other! Do you know that feeling [...]

26 02, 2017

Tony Bennett – How to talk to your audience

2017-04-13T13:39:00+00:00

  I’m performing in one of Rome’s cutest jazz clubs in the lovely area Monti, as I find myself extensively introducing Angel Eyes. It lends itself perfectly to be sung in a cafe. And blah blah blah. And how convenient this place is. “And hey, look, there’s the bar. Cheers!” As I raise my [...]

5 02, 2017

Stacey Kent: how to interpret your lyrics

2017-04-13T13:39:14+00:00

I’m at a party, being called upon to ‘sing us a song’ by a group of Aussies, Irish and Brits. As an aspiring jazz singer, 19 years old, I pick my favorite tune by Abbey Lincoln - a fantastic singer, of whom no one in the room ever heard of. The song starts and I [...]

28 01, 2017

Natalie Cole: how to shine!

2017-04-13T13:39:42+00:00

Don’t you just love getting caught under the spell of the always energetic, glowing and sparkling Natalie Cole. She used to sing R&B, and later found herself in the devoted arms of a global jazz audience with her album Unforgettable, on which she re-recorded standards sung by her father, Nat King Cole. [...]

20 01, 2017

Johnny Hartman – how to sing with ease

2017-04-13T13:39:51+00:00

I’m listening to They Say It’s Wonderful by the hypnotizing Johnny Hartman. It’s late at night. The sounds linger through the air and curl around my back. How I love that lush, velvety sound. And once again, I’m won and would immediately trust him with my life, my banking codes and my mother’s jewelry. [...]

14 01, 2017

How to keep your voice healthy: Ilse’s top 10 tips

2017-04-13T13:40:04+00:00

One of my coaches was a classical singer, Gert-Jan Arendsen. With him, I would soar through “Quella Fiamma Che M’Accende”, warble Beethoven’s “Sehnsucht” and yearn “Sospiri di foco”. I just loved zooming in on all technical aspects; breathing, posture, diction, the classical sound. And when the tone would ‘sit’ - it felt as if [...]

6 01, 2017

Kurt Elling – how to stay in tune

2017-04-13T13:40:14+00:00

  I saw him at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam - he wore very casual mustard yellow pants, and I remember thinking: ‘remarkable choice for a performer’ - when he impressed me deeply with his a capella opening for his very first song. Out of the tree of life he just picked himself a plum. [...]

23 12, 2016

Cassandra Wilson: how to sing looooooow

2017-04-13T13:40:23+00:00

  When I first heard Cassandra Wilson sing, it sure broke my patterns of expectation. All of a sudden I found myself in a cascade of sounds so dramatic, dark and deep, I nearly drowned. Miss Wilson puts a spell on you and draws you into her magical, mystical world with her hypnotizing voice [...]

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