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Joe Williams

Joe Williams discusses on breaking into jazz.

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Q: “As a singer, where are the new, young singers coming from? We can see the young musicians, they’re getting proper training in schools – are singers getting the same break?”

A: Joe Williams: “Vocal jazz is becoming more prominent in schools.”

Interviewer: “Are you doing any teaching?”

Joe Williams: “Not teaching, no”

Interviewer: “Have you approached anyone?”

Joe Williams: “Oh, yeah. But not teaching per se, no. That is very, very difficult to do. A singer has to come to you and say, "This is what I do." And you listen to it and you point out to them the fact that after you tell them the way to best perform is to use your instrument as much as possible with no strain.”

Interviewer: “You'll learn to sing properly.”

Joe Williams: “With no strain. To try to make is as close to breathing as you possibly can, you know. And that they should, by all means, stretch the instrument to its fullest, but not beyond the point. If they don't strain, you know. But the only way you learn to sing is by singing. There is no other way. It's like a player, he learns how to play his instrument by playing, but not by not playing his instrument, but by playing his instrument. Finding things, you know, with the instrument itself, you know, the placement and how to get the tone that you want. “