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Bobby McFerrin

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Born: March 11, 1950; New York, NY  
Vocal virtuoso Bobby McFerrin ranks among the most distinctive and original singers in contemporary music. Equally adept in jazz, pop, and classical settings, his octave-jumping trademark style, with its rhythmic inhalations and stop-on-a-dime shifts from falsetto to deep bass notes, often sounds like the work of at least two or three singers at once, while at the same time sounding quite unlike anyone else. The son of husband-and-wife classical Read more singers, McFerrin was born in New York City on March 11, 1950, later studying piano at California State College at Sacramento and Cerritos College. After touring behind the Ice Follies, he performed with a series of cover bands, cabaret acts, and dance troupes before making his vocal debut in 1977. While living in New Orleans, he sang with the group Astral Projection before relocating to San Francisco.

A performance at the 1981 Kool Jazz Festival led to a contract with Elektra, and the following year McFerrin issued his self-titled debut LP. With 1984's The Voice, he made jazz history, recording the first-ever solo vocal album (sans accompaniment or overdubbing) to be released on a major label. His Blue Note debut, Spontaneous Inventions, followed in 1985 and featured contributions from Herbie Hancock, the Manhattan Transfer (on the Grammy winning "Another Night in Tunisia"), and comic Robin Williams; McFerrin also earned mainstream exposure through his unique performance of the theme song to the television hit The Cosby Show, as well as a number of commercial spots. With 1988's Simple Pleasures, he scored a chart-topping pop smash with "Don't Worry, Be Happy." With 1992's Hush, McFerrin shifted gears to team with acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma; the record remained on the Billboard classical crossover charts for over two years. With 1997's Circlesongs, McFerrin returned to his roots, recording an entire album of improvised vocal performances. ~ Jason Ankeny Read less
Spirits Of Music Part 1 / Bobby Mcferrin, Nigel Kennedy
Release Date: 03/22/2005   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 2052147   Number of Discs: 1
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    Spirits Of Music Part 1 / Bobby Mcferrin, Nigel Kennedy
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2052147 Release Date: 03/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Various
    Performer:  Nigel Kennedy,  Sibylla Rubens
    Conductor:  Bobby McFerrin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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    The Mozart Sessions / Bobby Mcferrin, Chick Corea
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 62601 Release Date: 10/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Chick Corea,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Bobby McFerrin,  Chick Corea
    Conductor:  Bobby McFerrin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
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    Paper Music / Bobby Mcferrin, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64600 Release Date: 07/25/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Bobby McFerrin,  Layton James,  Peter Howard
    Conductor:  Bobby McFerrin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
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