Grammy lessons from Fox

From staff reports

Those who paid close attention to the Grammy’s last night may see a familiar name around campus on Tuesday.

Jeremy Fox, an artist nominated for a Grammy award in the “Best Arrangements, Instrumentals and Vocals” category will be in town Tuesday to help teach vocal jazz ensembles at various schools.

“Jeremy didn’t win, but it was nevertheless an honor to be nominated,” said Dean Luethi, a choral professor in the WSU School of Music.

Luethi said he first met Fox a couple of years ago when he attended a jazz theory workshop Fox was running.

“Since he was in the area, knew me and knew I worked here, he decided to contact me to see if I would like him to come to WSU,” Leuthi said.

At the workshops, Fox will listen to each group perform, give feedback, and offer a plan for improvement, Leuthi said.

While the middle school and high school clinics are closed to the public, anyone is welcome to attend the workshops, hosted in WSU’s Kimbrough Hall, Luethi said.

The first class will be a clinic with WSU’s VoJazz Ensemble beginning at 3:10 p.m. in room 115. The second workshop will begin at 4:15 p.m. and is a master class on improvisation and circle-singing.

In circle-singing, the director improvises a unique melody for different vocal sections to mimic and then manipulates the song created by silencing certain groups, having them sing louder or changing their melody, Luethi said.

The WSU workshops are free to attend.

Reporting by Dustin VandeHoef