John Kander and Fred Ebb created a number of 20th-century show classics, including Cabaret and Kiss of the Spider woman, but Chicago is perhaps their greatest and best-loved show of them all. On the surface And All That Jazz is a celebration of bohemian excess of every conceivable kind. Sing the fantastic, showstopping melody with great energy, have a ball and relish the rich word painting. There is an underlying dark side, however, which shows itself at the end when Velma murders her unfaithful husband in anger. Vibrato is appropriate and a clear, well-tuned, brash sound that carries a mile is more important than a refined, classically rounded tone here. Make sure the words are exceptionally clear and above all, prioritise telling the story.
This piece is part of the Faber Choral Singles series, offering a selection of beautifully crafted arrangements in a diversity of musical styles. From Broadway, pop and folk to spirituals, gospel and original works, the series is arranged for 3 part choirs (soprano, alto and a combined male-voice part) providing flexibility for any choir. Complete with straight-forward piano accompaniments supporting the vocal lines, the Faber Choral Singles series guarantees the perfect repertoire for every occasion – so get exploring and get singing!