Bob Stoloff holds the titles of Associate professor and Assistant Chair of the Voice Department at Berklee College of Music in Boston Massachusetts. Bob's teaching specialties include traditional scat singing, spontaneous group improvisation and rhythm section grooves.
Bob began his professional career in music as a trumpet player in New York City where he attended the High School of Performing Arts. Bob's enthusiasm for both traditional and jazz music prompted him to study several other instruments including drums, flute and acoustic bass.
In 1973 Bob moved to Boston to study at the Berklee College of Music. A percussion and flute major, Bob accelerated his studies and earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Education in three years. During that time he established himself as a studio musician, performing on many recordings produced by local and national artists.
Bob's decision to become a professional vocalist was inspired by the masters of scat singing, particularly Ella Fitzgerald, Jon Hendricks and Bobby McFerrin. In 1983 Bob joined the European a cappella group, Vocal Summit, which included well-known artists McFerrin, Urszula Dudziak and Jay Clayton. After several tours which brought the ensemble to major jazz festivals throughout Europe, Bob returned to the United States to join a promising vocal group from the Boston area called The Ritz.
Bob continues to adjudicate and direct choirs and big bands at high school jazz festivals in the Nevv England area. In addition Bob offers vocal improvisation workshops throughout the USA, Canada and Europe. His first book, Scat! Vocal Improvisation Techniques, is published by Gerard & Sarzin Publishing Co.
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