First Take Vocal Jazz

with Jeremy Fox, conductor

First Take, directed by Grammy-nominated Dr. Jeremy Fox, is a vocal sextet from The School for Music Vocations at SWCC in Creston, Iowa – the only vocational music program in the nation. Each year, these talented young musicians tour nationally to wide audience acclaim. In 2019, the group won its second award from Downbeat Magazine in the category of Best College Vocal Jazz Group. Vesper Concerts is proud to present this energetic and virtuosic group from across the Missouri!

About First Take

First Take, directed by Grammy-nominated Dr. Jeremy Fox, is a vocal sextet from The School for Music Vocations at SWCC in Creston, Iowa – the only vocational music program in the nation. Visit www.SchoolforMusicVocations.com for more information about this specialized and select program. The ensemble performs in a variety of musical styles including jazz, Brazilian, gospel, and a cappella music. The group performs locally, and tours nationally each year. This summer, the ensemble will be on staff at the 17th Annual SMV Vocal Jazz Camps in Creston, Iowa. These camps are week long workshops for high school students, educators, and enthusiasts. Last summer, the camp was attended by 76 participants from twelve states and two provinces. For more info, visit its www.VocalJazzCamp.com website. Jeremy Fox also leads a 6 day workshop for vocal/choral educators called The Jazz Harmony Retreat (www.JazzHarmonyRetreat.com

First Take released its first recording “For the Taking” in February 2005, and released its second CD, “Journey Home” three years later. In 2019, the group won its second award from Downbeat Magazine under the category of Best College Vocal Jazz Group. The group performed at the International Jazz Education Network Conference in New Orleans in January of 2020.

 

About Jeremy Fox

Grammy-nominated Dr. Jeremy Fox is a highly in-demand clinician, presenting clinics and serving as guest conductor of All-State choral and instrumental ensembles throughout the U.S. and Canada. He earned his B.M. degree in Piano/Jazz Studies from Western Michigan University, and his M.M. and D.M.A. in Jazz Composition from the University of Miami. Jeremy served for one year as a Visiting Professor of Jazz Voice at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, but has since returned as a fulltime instructor at The School for Music Vocations (www.SchoolForMusicVocations.com) or the SMV, the only 2-year specialized vocational music program in North America.

This summer in 2020, Jeremy will coordinate his 17th Annual SMV Vocal Jazz Camps in Creston, Iowa from July 12-18th. This is one of a few camps of its kind in the U.S., and last summer included 75 high school & college students and educators from twelve states and Canada (www.VocalJazzCamp.com). For ten summers, he has also coordinated 5-day retreats to empower music educators called the Jazz Harmony Retreat (www.JazzHarmonyRetreat.com). And this March, Jeremy will direct the third annual SMV Real Group Festival in Creston, Iowa – the only annual festival in the U.S. built around the phenomenal Real Group.

Jeremy has received 11 awards from Downbeat magazine, including awards for: Best Written Song, Best Arrangement, Studio Engineering, and for his vocal ensembles. Jeremy’s arrangements are published on his www.JeremyFox.net website, as well as with Alfred Music, Sheet Music Plus, Sound Music Publications, and UNC Jazz Press.

He has written for such artists as: Kate McGarry, Take 6, Kevin Spacey, Theo Bleckmann, The Real Group, Cadence, m-pact, Terence Blanchard, John Secada, and Metropolitan Opera singers Eric Owens and Denyce Graves. He is the musical director for “Bossa Nova Sinfónico”, which sets to orchestra the bossa nova music of Antonio Carlos Jobim. He has conducted the show with the Costa Rican National Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra of Campeche and Coyoacán, and the National Symphonic Orchestra of Cuba. He has also twice acted as the guest conductor for the Henry Mancini Institute Jazz Orchestra, based in Miami. Jeremy’s inaugural album was entitled “With Love” (Jazzbill Records). The album features his big band and orchestral arrangements for a phenomenal line-up of singers, including Rose Max and Ramatis Moraes, Kevin Mahogany, Kate Reid, Kate McGarry, Lauren Kinhan and Peter Eldridge (from the New York Voices), Anders Edenroth (from The Real Group), Derek Fawcett, Wendy Pedersen, and Sunny Wilkinson. His arrangement of “All My Tomorrows” featuring Kate McGarry was nominated for “Best Arrangement – Instruments and Vocals” at the 57th Annual Grammy™ Awards.