A VOCAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE
The Offbeats Vocal Jazz Ensemble is an 18-member group of men and women who perform high-caliber vocal jazz arrangements in a variety of styles written for up to eight parts. With internationally acclaimed Seattle jazz vocalist Kelley Johnson as musical director, the group strives towards excellence in musicality and performance. Accompanied by Seattle’s top jazz musicians, the Offbeats perform with a professional rhythm section led by accomplished jazz pianist, John Hansen.
While the primary focus is ensemble singing, small group and solo opportunities are an integral part of the Offbeats experience.
A basic audition with the director to determine voice and skill level is required. Previous ensemble or choral experience and basic music-reading skills are highly advisable but not a requirement. An appreciation and feel for jazz are also very desirable.
The Offbeats perform at a variety of area jazz clubs, neighborhood concert hall, live theaters, retirement homes, community events and local jazz festivals. Check our 'Upcoming Events' to stay updated on our current performances!
The Offbeats Vocal Jazz Ensemble has openings for 2 sopranos and 2 baritone/basses. If you want to swing and can hit that jive jack, this is your chance to be part of a group of super cool humans who laugh and sing, play and perform beautifully together. Ability to read music is nice, but not required. We use sound files. Thursday rehearsals 7:15-9:30 pm near Salty's at Alki. Light dues, shows in fancy places, solo opportunities, a feisty director, and a killing band. You got game? Perfect voice not required. Practice is. :-) Auditions are by appointment from August 26-September 3.
The Offbeats season runs September through May. Rehearsals are Thursdays, 7:15 to 9:30 p.m. at Luna Park ActivSpace, 3400 Harbor Ave SW., just off the West Seattle Freeway.
Based on a 9 month season, dues are $50 per month. Scholarships are available to individuals and negotiated on a case-by case basis. The monthly dues do not apply to vocal jazz workshops or individual/ small-group coaching sessions.
Interested? Email us. Contact Offbeats.
DIRECTOR AND ACCOMPANISTS:
Offbeats Vocal Jazz Ensemble director, Kelley Johnson, is an international award-winning Seattle-based jazz vocalist who is also known for her talents as an arranger, poet and lyricist. She applies her a wonderful sense of style and thorough knowledge of jazz to shape the ensemble's sound and arrangements. She has extensive experience as a vocal jazz teacher and performance coach and has served as conductor and assistant conductor for several Seattle-area jazz choirs.
Offbeats Vocal Jazz Ensemble pianist and jazz coach, John Hansen. With his natural lyricism and fluent, flexible approach, John is called on to perform and record in a variety of styles and is a featured artist in many of the region's finest ensembles. Besides leading his own trio, John has performed with the Woody Herman Orchestra, Bud Shank, Bobby Shew, Pete Christlieb, Ernestine Anderson, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Bob Moses, Eric Alexander, Jay Thomas, Rick Margitza, Monica Mancini, Kelley Johnson, Jon Fedchock and more.