Chris McNulty

Chris McNulty                                            (Image: M. Montgomery)


Jazz singer Chris McNulty launches her book Vocalist As Complete Musician, Thursday, December 7, Paris Cat Mezzanine Level, 5pm to 7pm

There’ll be music, there’ll be drinks and canapes, there’ll be discussion … and there’ll also be a PowerPoint presentation. Now don’t be like that. It’ll be informative and fun.

Chris McNulty has written a book explaining a method specifically designed for vocalists that utilises tetrachords as a tool for integrating theory, ear training and improvisation.

McNulty believes this technique helps provide empowerment and independence not just to vocal jazz musicians, but also to instrumentalists. Her book includes easy-to-follow templates that work across all 12 keys.

Chris will present a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation followed by a short discussion and book signing. A little champers will accompany music from a trio of  Kathleen Halloran (guitar), Flora Carbo (saxophone) and Claire Cross (bass).

As McNulty puts it: “What better way to kick off the festive season than with a book launch event that’s all about vocal jazz, accompanied by a little champers and a little music. The event falls smack bang in the middle of the Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival, a two-week long event highlighting the artistic achievements and endeavours of women in jazz.

“I’m honoured to have three awesome young lionesses of jazz help me celebrate the launch of VCM — a book specifically designed for vocal jazz musicians. I hope you’ll come and join us — especially love to see all you vocal jazz musicians and educators, students, instrumentalists and anyone up for a hang!”

McNulty’s book already has gained some endorsements:

“This book is a comprehensive stepwise approach that will prove invaluable in the development of today’s singers. I have longed for a pedagogy this rich. Brilliantly structured and clearly presented in her sophisticated yet accessible methodology.”
Darryl Tookes
Composer, singer, pianist, educator,
Tisch School of the Arts, NYU; Purchase College, SUNY

“Chris McNulty’s Vocalist As Complete Musician is a comprehensive and engaging method designed to help you hear, sing, and play music on a deeper level. Practising these exercises WILL really enhance HOW you hear, sing, and play music!”

Dena DeRose
Jazz Vocalist and Pianist, Jazz Voice Professor, University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz, Austria


PS: If you haven’t had a chance to hear Kathleen Halloran, Flora Carbo and Claire Cross, you should catch them at this book launch. As patrons of the MWIJF can tell you, these young women are delighting audiences.

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