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Boston Jazz Voices

It was almost 30 years ago when the seeds of Boston Jazz Voices were sown by a group of renegade barbershop singers who got together to venture beyond the confines of single-sex four-part harmony. The unique and unmistakable sound of Gene Puerling inspired this mixed group of vocal enthusiasts. Well known for his singing and arranging for the Hi-Lo’s and the Singers Unlimited, Gene Puerling became the raison d’etre for this newly formed group. His arrangements are complex and are characterized by unexpected harmonic twists that make even the most familiar tunes seem new to the ear. Gene Puerling passed away in 2008, but his imprint on vocal jazz lives on. Those who have followed the group over the years will remember them as New England Close Harmony Ensemble and although they have become Boston Jazz Voices, their dedication to Gene Puerling’s sound has not changed.

What first began as a rehearsal group has evolved into a sophisticated performing group that has reached and touched audiences far and wide. Don Loose, currently residing in Ohio, founded the group in 1985, and because of his passion for vocal ensemble singing, people were drawn from other parts of the country in order to participate in this one-of-a-kind singing experience. Some current members began with the original group in 1985 and are just as enthusiastic now as they were then.

Over the years, Boston Jazz Voices’ repertoire has expanded from their Puerling origins as they focused on jazz arrangements from the American songbook. Their performances have taken them to medieval churches in Paris, to white colonial churches in New England, to schools and libraries and assisted living facilities all over the region, and to local radio and television. They’ve sung the national anthem at Fenway Park in Boston, celebrated Christmas at Old Sturbridge Village and have rung in the New Year at First Night in Boston. You can find them at festivals of all kinds of a cappella music where they are often chosen to represent that Big Band vocal sound possible only by a group of their size and mix.

What Boston Jazz Voices offers is a unique combination of those old sounds and contemporary vocal jazz idiom. Their membership consists of talented musicians from all genres and from all age groups, and yet they all are dedicated to the same mission: to perfect the vocal jazz ensemble, and to capture the hearts of those who hear them. They share a love for the same ensemble vocal jazz singing that their predecessors dreamed about.

Boston Jazz Voices is indebted to those whose dreams and passions provided the foundation for what they represent. It is their hope that they reach and touch all who are drawn into the magic of vocal jazz ensemble singing. That is their goal. This is their history.