I have always felt an affinity towards accompanying singers and have had some profound experiences performing with several vocalists. One of the recordings I enjoyed the most is Venus in Transit with vocalist Jill Connolly and the Ambassadors of Light.
Sheila Jordan is a hero to me, a strong person who has overcome adversity to serve as a shining role model to aspiring musicians around the world. She performed a concert featuring the fabulous string arrangements of Alan Broadbent with the Ambassadors of Light and the Brattleboro Music Center String Quartet at the Latchis Theater.
You can listen to Sail Away by Tom Harrell from that magical evening:
Jay Clayton and Sheila Jordan are the instructors for the Vermont Jazz Center Summer Jazz Workshop vocal program. Jay is an amazing singer that I’ve had the honor to accompany.