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DivaNation - Bandleading Workshop For Singers

ellaganhtsingingDivaNation Workshop Series: Bandleading Techniques for Singers

Facilitated by Ella Gahnt


Tuesday, February 10, 2015 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.


Philadelphia Clef Club
738 S. Broad St. [ Broad & Fitzwater Sts.]

Philadelphia, PA 19146

Workshop Fee: $10.00 / $5.00 for Seniors, Students, and DivaNation Members. To purchase tickets online, click here.

Workshop Details: Male or female singers from beginners through seasoned professionals will acquire skills in this hands-on workshop led by Philadelphia's Ella Gahnt, jazz vocalist. Gahnt, accompanied by pianist Kendrah Butler,  will lead a workshop inspired by the teaching approach of Jazz great Barry Harris. “This will essentially be a real-world situation where we go over what we have to do to have a successful sit-in-like sitting in with a band at a club,” shares Gahnt.


Workshop participants will gain skills including:

          o how to communicate with a band
          o how to count off more effectively to different music styles
          o helpful cues and signals to use in directing a band, and
          o how to translate your vision for a song to the band.

Vocalists who would like to sing must bring sheet music or a chord chart, or prepare to sing a “head tune” and know the key of the song they are singing.

Facilitator: Ella Gahnt  has been dubbed “Philly’s Class Act” by local media and fans. After years as a session R & B singer, Ms. Gahnt has been focusing since the mid-80s on jazz vocal performance and recording, performing at the city and region’s main venues. Currently, she performs regularly with her own trio/quartet, with Nasir Dickerson & the Renaissance Messengers, with The Clef Club Community Jazz Big Band, and as featured vocalist with the Philadelphia Legends of Jazz Orchestra. Look out for the Elegant Ella Gahnt -  she’s “traveling at the speed of swing.”

For more info: Contact, or go to their Facebook Group, or call 617 792 6376.


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