Shot Of Blues Juice – Norman Simmons & Judy Niemack
Blues master pianist Norman Simmons's composition found a voice with Judy Niemack's expressive lyric. Vocal lead sheets in three keys, complete vocal track and Minus You practice track, even Judy's transcribed solo.
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- Recording: Judy Niemack - Norman Simmons Songbook
- Recorded on: October 4, 2007
- Label: jazzleadsheets.com (JLS 1005)
- Concert Key: B-flat, F, G
- Vocal Range: Mezzo Soprano, F-sharp3 to D-flat5
- Style: Swing (medium)
- Vocal - Judy Niemack
- Piano - Norman Simmons
- Bass - John Webber
- Drums - Victor Lewis
- Judy Niemack, voice; Jeanfrancois Prins, guitar. At the jazzleadsheets.com studio.
- Author Judy Niemack and student Rachel Bronstein get relaxed and warmed up with Norman Simmons' composition, with lyric by Judy Niemack, A Shot of Blues Juice. Judy and Rachel are singing along with one of the CD tracks that are included with the book.
Judy's transcribed solo from this take is available here. If you buy "Exploring the Blues" and send a email to firstname.lastname@example.org saying that you have it, we'll send you this solo transcription free of charge. The vocal lead sheet offered here is only slightly different from the vocal lead sheet in the book.
Lyric Description: Judy's lyric needs no description—it's a perfect way to get into the blues.
No-vocal version: This is the same recording, without Judy, and without a piano solo. After the melody, there are two solo choruses (for you to scat or improvise over), then one chorus of the melody with Coda.
If another key would be better for you, send the key you'd like to Don and we'll post the transposition on the website for purchase. If you're not sure which key is best, send us your range and we'll work with you to figure out the best key..
Judy's "Hear It and Sing It: Exploring the Blues" can be purchased from MusicDispatch.com. It includes some really great new blues and is a fun and effective method for learning to sing the blues. Her book on singing and improvising using modes, "Hear It and Sing It: Exploring Modes," is also available.
Our YouTube channel has some videos of Judy talking about and singing along with tracks from the "Exploring The Blues" book. In this clip, our singers learn to scat with master jazz vocalists Mark Murphy and Judy.
October 6, 1929 – May 13, 2021
Accomplished soloist, accompanist, composer and educator, Norman Simmons is well known as a pianist with an great ability to connect with jazz singers. Born in Chicago, Simmons taught himself piano and at age sixteen enrolled in the Chicago School of Music. He formed his own group in 1949 and began recording in 1952 when he worked as a house pianist for Chicago clubs The BeeHive and the C&C Lounge. During this period, his first recordings were under the leadership of tenor saxophonists Claude McLin, Paul Bascomb and Coleman Hawkins. Read more...
born on March 11, 1954
Born in California, acclaimed jazz vocalist, lyricist and composer Judy Niemack studied classical singing, but the turning point in her studies occurred when she met the great tenor saxophonist Warne Marsh. “I became Warne’s first vocal student. He treated me like a horn player. He assigned me solos by Charlie Parker, Roy Eldridge and others to learn. I learned about improvising from him. He called it instant composition.” Judy studied classical singing at the New England Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Moving to New York in 1977, she continued her studies with Marsh. She started teaching jazz voice and improvisation in the late 1970s. Read more...