Post 1960 Jazz Vocal Repertoire - Home
This online resource is the result of over twenty-five years of teaching jazz and improvisational music and was a part of my 2016 faculty sabbatical project at Berklee College of Music. My sabbatical project included researching and creating a collection of Post 1960 songs with lyrics that broadly represent the evolving genre of jazz and improvisational music. I embarked upon this project because my students and colleagues wanted to sing songs that 1) built upon the Great American Songbook and 2) represented the growing songbook in this genre that has been created in the last 50 years AND 3) because the songs and lyrics were difficult to find in lead sheet or printable formats.
A survey for song nominations was sent to 125 vocalists, educators, composers, lyricists, writers and radio hosts the majority of who are professional with vocalists. 48 participants submitted over 350 songs. Several songs receiving multiple nominations.
The songs are diverse and incorporate or reference other styles of music that have emerged since 1960. Lyrics include many topics that go beyond “I’m in love” or “It’s over and my heart is breaking”. There is nothing wrong with those subjects, but it’s nice to hear new stories.