Fullerton College

Music Division

Performing Groups

Vocal Jazz Ensemble

The "J" Train
Fullerton College's The "J" Train, now in it's 28th year, continues to enjoy a high profile performance schedule and receive national recognitions. They perform a wide variety of challenging jazz and jazz-influenced repertoire, both accompanied and a cappella, emphasizing lush vocal harmonies, improvisation, and jazz inflections to enhance the vocal style. They have appeared on stage with such renowned jazz artists as Tierney Sutton, Bobby McFerrin, Don Shelton, Kevyn Lettau, Kristin Korb, and most recently with legendary jazz vocalist, Nancy King. In April 2005, The "J" Train was invited to perform in Carnegie Hall for the 9th Annual North American Vocal Jazz Invitational Festival. Since 2003, over $6,000 in Friends of Jazz scholarships have been awarded to outstanding Fullerton College vocal jazz students.

In 2002, a second vocal jazz ensemble, VJ2, was created due to increasing interest in the art form. Both groups, directed by Jamie Shew, rehearse twice a week, encourage student compositions and arrangements, and are open to all students by audition.

MUS 287 F Vocal Jazz Ensemble (1-1-1-1)

Prerequisite: Audition.

Three hours rehearsal per week plus one and one-quarter hour per week arranged in rehearsals, studio recordings, and concerts. The students in this course will rehearse and perform standard and current music from the Vocal Jazz genre. The vocalists will be accompanied by a small instrumental ensemble. There will be a secondary emphasis upon vocal improvisation in the scat style. Student compositions and arrangements are encouraged. Open to all students by audition. Course may be taken four times for credit. (CSU) (UC) (Degree credit)

For more information, please contact Jamie Shew jshew@fullcoll.edu