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I write songs in the traditional jazz form (AABA structures, melodies that emphasize the sixth and the ninth, strict rhyming schemes etc.) and was hoping there might be others out here who are interested in the same. My goal is to find other like-minded composers arrangers and songwriters who also sing, harmonize, and perform. I am looking to put together a recording project of my own songs (and others hopefully) combined with some of the best-kept secret vocalists in Pittsburgh. Some influences include Gershwin, Ellington/Strayhorn, Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael, Randy Newman, and especially the vocalise artists like Lambert Hendricks and Ross.
What happened to jazz...specifically.."jazz writing"? Fairly simple! Jazz requires a fairly intelligent audience. You've got to LISTEN! The guys playin it were intelligent..as regards...chord…Continue