Bob Stoloff is a scat-singing expert. Of course he is more than that: a world-renowned guest conductor, workshop clinician and ensemble performance adjudicator.
He is the founder of an academy which sparks group improvisation, “Instru-Vocal” articulation and body percussion.
He’s performed with Bobby McFerrin’s a cappella group, “Vocal Summit”, has written 6 books and is Assistant Chair, Voice Department at Berklee College of Music.
AND he is our Vocal Coach in Residence for the month of June!
Best advice someone ever gave you about performing?
“Transfer what you do off-stage to your performance on-stage.” (B. McFerrin)
Worst singing advice you’ve ever heard?
“Sing through the mask” – I bought one but it didn’t sound too good…
Heights, confined spaces and tritones.
Vocalists who inspire you?
Ella Fitzgerald, Bobby McFerrin, Frank Sinatra, Janis Joplin, Tony Bennett, Chet Baker.
What’s your secret good luck charm for travelling/performing?
Samuel L. Jackson P2-I Golf Tropic 504 Kangol Ventair Cap (Black).
Your favorite nerves remedy?
Your first music teacher & what you remember?
My trumpet teacher, Angelo Manso, a brilliant and compassionate musician/teacher who was the primary source of my inspiration to become a music teacher.
The perfect (or a fav.) live mic for you/your students?
Shure SM-58 or mics by Sennheiser or TC-Helicon.
The perfect recording mic (or a fav.) for you/your students?
What drains your batteries?
Human drama/folks with agenda.
What charges them?
Where do most singers mess up with vocal health?
“Smoking cigarettes and watching Captain (Kang) Kangaroo…”
“We Get Requests” featuring the Oscar Peterson trio.
What you’d never leave home without?
Keys to the front door.
Top recording tip?
First take is usually the best.
What’s different about a vocalist vocation today compared to 20 years ago?
The market is far more competitive because it is saturated with young aspiring singers who are chasing a Golden Idol.
Bad thing to say to a venue manager?
We get paid in cash, right?
Good thing to say to a venue manager?
Everything is perfect!!
Favorite quote about singing?
“I’m singing in the rain…” Gene Kelly.
Your life philosophy in 10 words?
Never question why you are here – Do what you do.
The perfect day?
No such thing…
Bob Stoloff is a world-renowned guest conductor, workshop clinician and ensemble performance adjudicator. His unique and comprehensive approaches to teaching include traditional scat singing, group improvisation, “Instru-Vocal” articulation and body percussion. Bob’s books and information about his Vocal Jazz Academy in Europe can be found at bobstoloffmusic.com.