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BOOK, CDs, & REVIEWS

Book: "A Singer's Guide to the Well-Trained & Powerful Voice" (with mp3 Exercises)
by Cheryl Hodge.

  • NEWLY ADDED! FREE VIDEO VOCAL LESSONS with Cheryl

  • A former professor at Berklee College of Music; now head of the Selkirk College Vocal Dept., in Nelson, BC, Canada; Cheryl has taught such luminaries as Paula Cole, and Frazee Ford ("The Be Good Tanyas"). An all-encompassing approach to survival of the voice... Focus here is on vocal maintenance, posture, breathing technique, diaphragm control, development of tone, expansion of upper & lower ranges, troubleshooting "break" problems. Stylization. Song analysis. Acoustics of the voice. Favorite vocal exercises.Click here for a SAMPLE CHAPTER from "A Singer's Guide to the Well-Trained and Powerful Voice"

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  • A Singer's Guide To the Well-Trained & Powerful Voice- w/companion mp3 Exercises ($29.95)

  • "A Singer's Guide To the Well-Trained & Powerful Voice" is now also available as an eBOOK in .pdf format (with mp3s included) at:
    A Singer's Guide eBook (with companion mp3 Exercises), at ebookmall.com($19.95)

    Questions about the book or about singing? Email Cheryl here.

    ROOTS DON'T LIE (THE BLUES/PARTY CD HIT!)

     

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    "A masterfully produced contemporary [Chicago] jazz/blues release that is fresh and vivid. World class performances and arrangements - A must for any true music lover's collection."  - Jim DeCicco, HMMAs (Hollywood Music In Media Awards)

     

     

    INDIGO (Listen...)

    Already receiving acclaim (see reviews), Hodge's latest CD (song INDIGO received nomination for BEST JAZZ SONG at the Hollywood Music In Media Awards, 2010) includes Juno winning trumpet/flugel player Brad Turner, and sax great Tom Colclough. This new CD is a real barnburner; focussing on fusion (not unlike Roy Hargrove's grooves.) The songs Indigo, Far and Guide to Recovery are good examples of the NEW Hodge sound. Her original grooves are infectious; but this newest sound dwarfs the others, for sheer energy. Other great players along for the ride on this one: Guitar greats, John Stowell and Cliff Maddix, Bassist Dave Captein, and groovemeister, Charlie Doggett on drums - with Cheryl on piano and vocals.



    1. Give In
    2. Guide to Recovery
    3. Indigo
    4. Caribe
    5. Far
    6. Do You
    7. Adios
    8. After You (music Mike Stern; lyrics Cheryl Hodge)

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    Original Article: Best of the Early Years


    From Hodge's first bluesy belted hit, "Basic Black" to the sultry sweet jazz originals with guitar great, John Stowell; this CD is one wild romp through the favourite years of the torch singer/songwriter... taking you all the way up to today. Those who appreciate Hodge's early hits will like this one.



    1. (Tonight I'm Wearing) Basic Black>
    2.
    Before Sunset
    3. Intro: Something Beyond the Blue
    4. Something Beyond the Blue
    5. The Way You Deliver
    6. Gotta Go
    7. Friend In Me
    8. Strange Situation
    9. I've Missed You
    10. If It's Real
    11. The Path

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    Live & Alive

    This album is a bit different from the others, in that the audience gets a broader perspective of Cheryl's artistic visions as a composer, and a feel for the unique, occasionally unbridled energy typical of a Hodge concert.

    Using talented musicians from two different locales, the Oregon Coast and Nelson (an artist's community in British Columbia), Cheryl has beautifully recorded some treasured moments in two very distinct live performances.

    The amazing guitarists who are along for the ride this time are John Stowell(internationally celebrated in jazz circles as "the man with the voicings" and Cliff Maddix - an amazingly gifted guitarist who successfully bridges the precarious path between jazz, rock and blues. On bass - from out of Portland, Ore. - there's the wonderful, always surprising, always inpecable man of taste Dave Captein, and from Spokane, Brian Flick with his deliciously rich melodic lines. You can't have all of these players without some smokin' grooves on the drums.... Rick Westrick out of Spokane provides that and more, along with the gifted William Thomas from Oregon.

    Cheryl can write tunes in the oddest locales...."If It's Real" was written while on a camping trip! In the 5/4 song "Before Sunset", Cheryl explores the perils of falling in love with a mysterious man. In "Gotta Go" she looks for an exit in the relationship and a nice, easy-goin' way to put forth the exit line. "The Way You Deliver" is the kind of belting blues Hodge is now known for ending her sets on; enjoy!

    Read the lyrics of songs on this album.

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    1. All Blues
    2. If It's Real
    3. Before Sunset
    4. Intro To Ghost Of A Chance
    5. Ghost of A Chance
    6. Gotta Go
    7. The Way You Deliver
    8. Intro to Something Beyond the Blue
    9. Something Beyond the Blue
    10. Friend In Me

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    Heres Or Theres
    Cheryl's collaborative co-written CD with John Stowell is extremely eclectic! It's a fun hybrid of jazz & classical... a third wave album. John's melodies are haunting. This album has gotten raves from the rare music critics!

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    Jazz guitar legend, John Stowell, wrote this article about composing with Cheryl, on the song "I Wish"

    1. Social Butterfly
    2. I Wish
    3. Chelsea Afternoon
    4. Ghost In a Corner
    5. Pacificado
    6. Fallen Tree Improv
    7. Heres Or Theres
    8. Stay Right There
    9. Canvas
    10. One City Day
    11. Japanese Garden



    Strings, Necks & C(h)ords

    Hodge's second recording features herself on vocals & piano, along with the amazing talents of guitarists: John Stowell & New York's Kevin Lutke, the tastefully virtuosic Dave Captein (from Portland) & Brian Flick (from Spokane) on acoustic bass, and finally Ghanan percussionist, Israel Annoh.

    A favourite recording for the deejays who like playing jazz that's a little "outside"... As Cheryl has stated in one interview, "This recording was so much fun to make, I really don't mind if it sells or not... The sessions alone were worth the price of admission!" Most of the cuts on the C.D. represent the fruits from 1st takes... with a few from the seconds. "Strange Situation" features a cat & mouse chase between Stowell & Hodge.Ellington's "Prelude To A Kiss" is a tender dance between Captein's acoustic bass and Hodge's elegant scat lines. Hodge's "Canvas" is a virtual painting of sounds - as one would expect. Horace Silver's "Peace" represents Hodge at the juiciest lower part of her extensive vocal range.
    1. The Path
    2. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
    3. Prelude To A Kiss
    4. Stange Situation
    5. You Don't Know What Love Is
    6. Dare To Dream
    7. The Dolphin
    8. Canvas
    9. What Is This Thing Called Love
    10. Sweet Lorraine
    11. Doodlin'
    12. Peace








    Tonight I'm Wearing Basic Black

    This first recording features the early days (1990), when Hodge was the house jazz singer at the now infamous 1369 jazz club in Boston; featuring the break-out title track; with the follow up hit of "I've Missed You"... among the many great players on this one: Saxophonists Dave Mann & Bob Gay! Also with: Ned Mann & Paul Del Nero on bass, Mike Bieryllo on guitar, John Kester & David Stewart on piano, and Cheryl on piano/vocals.

    1. Deep In The Night
    2. (Tonight I'm Wearing) Basic Black
    3. I Used To Be
    4. I've Missed You
    5. My One & Only Love
    6. Sugar
    7. Black Coffee
    8. Spring Medley It Might As Well Be Spring
    9. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most

     
    Book & CDs - Reviews...

    Review on "A Singer's Guide to the Well Trained & Powerful Voice"

    "Ms. Hodge certainly is well qualified to tackle the topic. She's been singing for a quarter of a century with a wide variety of musicians in, the U.S. (where she was born) and Canada (where she has lived for many years). She earned a degree and taught for eight years (with Paula Cole probably her best-known student) at the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston...."- Bob Protzman, Downbeat writer

    "Yours are the best video voice lessons I've seen on YouTube. I teach, too. If you don't mind, I'm going to feature one of your videos on my blog. How can I get your book? - Educator, Ryan Bunch (www.ryanbunch.com)


    Reviews on Indigo CD ('09)


    "Hodge has a striking voice. At once playful and childlike, as on the melody of the slinky Give In; other times full and rich, others breathy and sultry. It is difficult to compare her to anyone because of her pliancy. She sings mostly original tunes in the jazz fusion mode. Her range is impressive and her band, which includes guitarist John Stowell, drummer Charlie Doggett and bassist Dave Captein, helps bring out all the qualities of her vocals. Hodge holds down the piano chair well too...with every spin she is growing on me." - Kyle O'Brien, Jazz Society of Oregon



    "With her most recent album release INDIGO, talented vocalist/composer Cheryl Hodge shines on this fantastic jazz performance. Hodge's gift of music is thoroughly enjoyed with her vocals that are polished and sophisticated. Take note of the strong and solid range her voice carries especially on the title track, Indigo. Feel the expression and emotion pouring out as she delivers an amazing collection of songs. Listeners will notice the outstanding support from band members as they blend balance and texture while adding a cool swing feel with soft brushes on drums, sweet guitar riffs, or electric piano. Let the melodic sax riffs carry you away on 'Guide to Recovery.' If you are looking to hear jazz with refreshing vocals, then you will definitely want to add Cheryl Hodge's 'Indigo' to your collection." -Diane and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team (where Cheryl received the "Gold Artist Award")

    "Hodge has a wide-ranging, flexible, very expressive voice that can go from a breathy, near-whisper (Far, and Guide to Recovery) to a relaxed, "cool" approach (Give In), and even more to the upper register to produce a rockish shreik to a screaming electric guitar (Indigo). She's uninhibited, flamboyant, high-energy, raucous... On "Do You", she's soulful and emotional to the point of challenging all those pop divas who sing at the top of their lungs." - Bob Protzman, Host, "Everything Jazz", NPR Affiliate

  • Downbeat Indie Spotlight on Cheryl Hodge, INDIGO CD


  • LIVE AND ALIVE

    **** "Live and Alive" shows (Hodge's) striking gifts; especially her full and powerful voice...shining most prominently on the bluesier tunes... Her 8ve leaps and pitch-perfect landings evoke Portland great Nancy King, while her bluesier side is reminiscent of Ernestine Anderson. Her song, Before Sunset, also reveals her ability to write and execute advanced harmonies..." The Oregonian, Lynn Darroch

     





    What "THEY" Say About Cheryl Hodge...

    Hodge will offer treats for everyone who loves smoky, atmospheric jazz vocals and a tight little combo."
    - Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash.


    TONIGHT I'M WEARING BASIC BLACK

    "This is GREAT STUFF!" Nice to see someone carrying on the standard traditions of the past... And THAT VOICE... We found Cheryl's vocal range carefree, expressive and emotional, projecting an image of musical self-assuredness. Those BALLADS... melting as though she's 'holding a torch for that cad who once left her alone in a bar one night for some selfish reason of his own, an autobiographical testimony of the events that follow. At the same time, she faces up to reality, picks herself up and..."
    - Jeremy Pagacian, Jazz/Blues Co-Director, KCHO, Calif.

    "Your C.D. is very impressive... If I can do anything in the future to help, I will. I will keep the C.D. handy and plug it with all my might..."
    - Cleo Laine






    "Your interpretation of wonderful old songs like 'Black Coffee' and 'It Might As Well Be Spring', along with your original "I've Missed You" and the title selection, are superb... This is certainly an auspicious recording debut for a talented young singer like yourself. I am happy to share your music with thousands of "MusicAmerica" listeners throughout New England. Wishing you continued success in your singing career..."
    - Ron Della Chiesa, Host, "MusicAmerica", WGBH


    The Boston Globe dubbed this recording as containing the voice of...

    "a sultry singer with sensitive lyrics... she displays her versatility, showcasing her song interpretation, writing and scatting ablilities... It brings out the best in the standards and jazz originals."
         
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