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The Vocal Jazz Summit brings together emerging and established artists, industry leaders, and vocal jazz fans for a unique, intensive weekend dedicated to performance, connection, and education. Leading jazz vocalist Alexis Cole and the team at JazzVoice.com lead the festival events, with workshops and masterclasses scheduled alongside non-stop performances. Multiple Grammy®-winner Kurt Elling headlines the festival with a special performance on April 8th.

Festival Artistic Director - Alexis Cole:
A dozen albums into her career, vocalist Alexis Cole is hitting her stride.  As a sought after international performer, she’s appeared with her trio, with whom she both plays piano and sings, and is a frequent guest with big bands and pops orchestras.  She’s the director of the Jazz Vocal program at the SUNY Purchase College conservatory and William Paterson University, the founder and director of the online educational community JazzVoice.com, and the cofounder and artistic director of the Virginia Beach Vocal Jazz Summit.

Vocal Jazz Summit Hotel Booking Partner: The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center
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Passes2

ALL ACCESS PASS - $275

Festival pass gets you access to all performances, workshops, panels, etc.

STUDENT ALL ACCESS PASS - $175

Festival pass gets you access to all performances, workshops, panels, etc.

Artists

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Schedule

4:00PM     REGISTRATION

8:00PM     KURT ELLING PERFORMANCE (IN PERSON & VIRTUAL) 

9:30PM     TEACHER SHOWCASE WITH MELANIE CHARLES, GRETA MATASSA, AND DOMINIQUE EADE (IN PERSON & VIRTUAL) 

10:00PM    JAM SESSION - HOST: JOCELYN MEDINA (IN PERSON & VIRTUAL) 

10:00AM    MASTERCLASS: MELANIE CHARLES (IN PERSON & VIRTUAL) 

12:00PM    NATURAL REPHRASING: IMPROVISATION & IMAGINATION WITH GRETA MATSSA (IN PERSON & VIRTUAL) 

3:00PM     MASTERCLASS: RENÉ MARIE (IN PERSON & VIRTUAL) 

5:00PM     RHYTHM OF RELEASE WITH STEPHANIE NAKASIAN (IN PERSON & VIRTUAL) 

8:00PM     ALEXIS COLE PERFORMANCE (IN PERSON & VIRTUAL) 

9:30PM     TEACHER SHOWCASE WITH RENÉ MARIE, STEPHANIE NAKASIAN, LIZ TERRELL (IN PERSON & VIRTUAL) 

10:00PM    JAM SESSION - HOST: JOCELYN MEDINA (IN PERSON & VIRTUAL) 

 

10:00AM    ALL THE THINGS WE ARE: THE EXPANSIVE ROLE OF SINGERS IN JAZZ ENSEMBLES WITH DOMINIQUE EADE (IN PERSON & VIRTUAL)

12:00PM    PANEL: JAE SINNETT, JACK FRIEDEN, & MARY FOSTER CONKLIN (IN PERSON & VIRTUAL)

3:00PM     PANEL: ALEXIS COLE & PAULA BYRNE (IN PERSON & VIRTUAL)

5:00PM     SAMARA JOY PERFORMANCE (IN PERSON & VIRTUAL)