MOVERS and SHAKERS: Cole Rumbough, Jazz Singer and Songwriter Our Coverage Sponsored by Stribling and Associates
I’m giving it my own voice, pun intended. I have fun being creative with my arrangements and each individual has their own story to tell through a song. I may be biased but I think it’s hard not to love big band and swing. It’s classic, it’s romantic, and people love it as it is, so if you put your own spin on it, even better.
Each course covers a different but equally important aspect to cultivating one’s skills and style. Ear training, theory, arranging, composition, rhythmic analysis, improvisation, sight-reading, performance, etc.
I don’t have too much experience with this. It usually takes me hours, if not days. But, I have a very talented friend who can write as many as three songs in a day—and pretty good ones, too. Everybody is different. I approach writing a song by writing the lyrics first. I start with a main idea or theme in mind, then use a free word association method and then go back later to edit with a critical eye for structure and rhyme scheme. Then, I will write the melody and add chords to it. But it all depends….you might have a melody in mind or an idea for a chord progression first so you could approach it from that angle. There’s no one way to write a song.
So far, I have only written one (that I actually like!) called “Awakened.” It will be featured in the film, Awakened, starring Julianne Michelle, John Savage, and Steven Bauer, coming out hopefully by this fall. There isn’t an official theatrical release date yet. I’m pretty proud of this song. I arranged it for a jazz quintet and strings and it sounds very haunting. You’ll be able to buy the song off the movie soundtrack on iTunes, and please do!
I love that my family lives there and it’s a peaceful country weekend escape from Manhattan. Readers should know that Connecticut is home to the first hamburger (1895), Polaroid camera (1934), helicopter (1939), color television (1948), and also the oldest U.S. newspaper still being published: The Hartford Courant, established in 1764. Also, in Hartford, it is illegal for a man to kiss his wife on Sunday, to cross the street while walking on your hands, to educate dogs, and for a pickle to be considered a pickle, it must bounce.
My favorite drink for cocktail hour is an Elderflower martini. But my actual favorite drink is a Ghirardelli hot cocoa with whipped cream!
Go to one of Jim Caruso’s Monday night open mic session’s at Birdland and sing with broadway stars, amateurs and jazz legends alike. Last time I went, Michael Feinstein and Liza Minnelli were sitting at the next table.
Ella Fitzgerald, because she is my favorite singer of all time.
That’s a really tough one as there are so many wonderful broadway shows, operas, Cirque du Soleil, Barbra Streisand’s concert in Brooklyn (although I know that technically doesn’t count because it’s not Manhattan). I loved Christine Andreas at The Carlyle and Marilyn Maye at Feinstein’s. Basically New York is too full of cultural treasures to pick a favorite!