From the ensemble audition process to the final performance and everything in between, The Vocal Jazz Ensemble covers every aspect of what it takes to organize and maintain a vocal jazz group. This book, published in 2008 by Hal Leonard Music, comes with a CD containing recordings of the examples found inside. FYI, information on microphones and monitor speakers is now incomplete - many groups use cordless microphones to avoid the problems associated with mic cords on the floor. Expensive but profitable.

Chapter 1 - Perspectives (sound, environment, repertoire)
Chapter 2 - The Ensemble and its Director (makeup, auditioning, rehearsing, recording, vocal health)
Chapter 3 - Interpreting Vocal Jazz (the ensemble: eight examples)
Chapter 4 - The Vocal Jazz Soloist (early training, vibrato, repertoire and listening, improv basics, live sound and recording, career opportunities)
Chapter 5 - The Band (accompaniment vs. back
Chapter 6 - Sound Reinforcement (microphones, monitors and EQ, mixing console, amplifiers and amp racks, controlling hum, choosing and purchasing equipment)
Chapter 7 - The Performance (programming strategies, performance logistics, balancing the sound system, enjoying the performance)

The world of music continues to evolve. Updates on information found in The VJE are listed here by chapter and page number.

Chap. 1 Update:
• pg 9 To retailers add Penders Music (, among the world's largest and most comprehensive retailers of jazz in print. Jett Cheek is the jazz specialist.

Chap. 2 Update:
• page 30 To the group discography add the latest CD releases from the New York Voices (A Day Like This) and the Swingle Singers (Ferris Wheels). And, to the soloist discography add Rosana Eckert (Small Hotel). All three are awesome works.

Chap 4 Update:
• page 65 For normal club work and other smaller venues, an all-in-one amp with controls works very well, for half the expense of mixer plus separate speaker. Best unit we have found is the Roland AC-60, which retails for around $500.

Chap 6 Update:
• pg 116 The Klipsch KSM-12 passive stage monitor is no longer available. JBL and Yamaha powered 12-inch models serve very well. The caution for using 15-inch monitors for live vocal group still stands - that size monitor is best suited for soloists who sing in front of an aggressive band, and for instrumental monitoring.

• pp 124-125 (6.3 The Mixing Console) To the brands listed, I have added the name Allen&Heath, especially their MixWizard WZ3-16:2, with excellent 21st century design and competitive pricing. This is an analog console, extremely quick and easy to use in rehearsal.