Vocal Charts -Female
Jean Laughlin is a Chicago jazz/cabaret singer songwriter whose songs are like a self-help book put to music—her satiny voice and rich lyrics touch the music lover’s heart.
Jean’s solid vocal and musical command underlie each composition’s appeal. She began singing at age five and studying classical piano at seven. At the age of eleven, she performed on the nationally televised ‘Bob Crosby’ Show.
Graduating from the University of Wisconsin, she majored in Speech/Drama and studied opera for two years to fine tune her instrument. After settling in Chicago, Jean became a fixture in recording studios, doing work in television commercials, voice-overs and radio spots for agencies such as Leo Burnett, J. Walter Thompson and Foote, Cone & Belding. She performed in industrial shows, where she worked with Chicago legends like Shelley Long.
Jean has teamed up with arranger Jim Martin on 5 separate CD’s that include songs by Jean scored by Jim for string orchestra, orchestra as well as full big band.
Female Vocal & Big Band
Work In Progress
This is another fun chart that was done for Jean Laughlin’s latest CD “Miracle of Life”. It’s an uptempo swing vocal chart that features tenor sax and trombone.
This recording features Jean Laughlin along with solos by Tom Garling (trombone) and Mark Colby (tenor). Another fun chart to feature your female vocalist. Listen by clicking on the player to the right.
It's OK to Disagree
This is another fun chart that was done for Jean Laughlin’s latest CD What Am I Looking For? It’s an uptempo chart that is right out of the 40’s swing dance band era.
This recording features Jean Laughlin along with solos by Tom Garling (trombone) and Jim Gailloreto (tenor). Another fun chart to feature your female vocalist. Listen by clicking on the icon to the left.
This is a chart that was done for Jean Laughlin’s latest CD “Miracle of Life”.
“Smile” combines both a nice easy Basie feel, along with sections of double X. These sections balance out nicely. Solo is in tenor sax 1. Take a listen via the player to the right.
Take A Risk
This is a chart that was done for Jean Laughlin’s latest CD What Am I Looking For? Jean and I have collaborated on a few CD’s over the years. The charts are mainly for string orchestra but we do sneak a few big band arrangements in too. “Take a Risk” is a bluesy 3/4 time tune with some hard driving figures in the band. (Actually the whole band is chocked full of great players!) Feature your female vocalist on this one.
Own Up is a blues 12/8 feel swinger that begins with a rubato section for female vocalist and piano.
This recording features Jean Laughlin along with the soulful tenor work of Jim Gailloreto. Another fun chart to feature your female vocalist. Listen by clicking on the icon to the right.
Looking at the Downside
This chart has a minor blues type of form. Solos can be open over straight 12 bar minor blues.
It is a fun chart to play and your singer will enjoy singing this one as well. Take a listen. Mp3 is available free with purchase.
This chart is a fun one for both band and vocalist. Set in a medium swing groove, this chart allows for 2 soloists, tpt and bone – but it can be opened up more if needed.
Simpify is a tune based on everyone’s frustration at times with technology. Can’t live with it, can’t live without it.