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Vocals unleashed

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On Talking Jazz, tune in for an archival episode with a 1985 interview featuring the iconic vocalist and improviser Bobby McFerrin.

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Jazz singer Bobby McFerrin sits down with fellow musician Ben Sidran to discuss his early influences, as well as his unique approach to singing and improvising with the voice. This interview was originally recorded in 1985.

Presented by Ben Sidran
Image: Carol Friedman/Bobby McFerrin's Press Kit
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Nov 11, 2016. 2:00pm - 3:00pm

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Artist Biography


Robert Keith "Bobby" McFerrin, Jr. (born March 11, 1950) is an American vocalist and conductor. He is best known for his 1988 hit song "Don't Worry, Be Happy". He is a ten-time Grammy Award winner, who is known for his unique vocal techniques, such as singing fluidly but with quick and considerable jumps in pitch--for example, sustaining a melody while also rapidly alternating with arpeggios and...

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