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The Bellevue High School Jazz Choir — The Bellairs

Apr 23, 2016

The Pacific Northwest has played a big part in the evolution of vocal jazz.  The first attempt to transcribe Big Band instrumental music for a vocal choir was done in 1967 by Portland’s Hal Malcomb.  Malcomb’s group, Genesis, began hosting what is now the oldest vocal jazz festival in the country, The Northwest Vocal Jazz Festival.  Carrying on that tradition is the Bellevue High School vocal ensemble, The Bellairs—8 fine young singers, accompanied by piano, bass and drums and mentored by Kirk Marcy who was once a member of one of the world’s most famous vocal jazz groups, The Four Freshman.  In this studio session, the Bellairs cover a lot of musical ground from Bebop to Brazilian—and they make it all sound so easy.

Singers:

Basses:   Gene Pak , Andrew Oh

Sopranos:  Christina McMillan, Erica Major

Tenors:  Riley McGinn, Wesley Anderson

Altos:  Iva Dedijer, Madison Ives

Instrumentalists: 

Bass:  Ryan O’Hara

Piano:  Amine Khalfallah

Drums:  Joseph Madigan (also congas), Shai Mahajan

Mentor:Kirk Marcy