Bobby Mcferrin And The Ipo

Bobby mcferrin and the ipo

For the album, see Bobby McFerrin (album).

American jazz vocalist and conductor

Bobby McFerrin

McFerrin in 2011

Background information
Birth nameRobert Keith McFerrin Jr.
Born (1950-03-11) March 11, 1950 (age 69)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
GenresJazz, a cappella, vocal, world, classical, smooth jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, conductor, arranger, producer
InstrumentsVocals, piano, vocal percussion
Years active1970–present
LabelsManhattan, Blue Note, Elektra, Sony Classical
Associated actsChick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Yo-Yo Ma

Robert Keith McFerrin Jr. (born March 11, 1950) is an American jazz vocalist.

Bobby mcferrin and the ipo

He is known for his vocal techniques, such as singing fluidly but with quick and considerable jumps in pitch—for example, sustaining a melody while also rapidly alternating with arpeggios and harmonies—as well as scat singing, polyphonicovertone singing, and improvisational vocal percussion.

He is widely known for performing and recording regularly as an unaccompanied solo vocal artist.

Bobby mcferrin and the ipo

He has frequently collaborated with other artists from both the jazz and classical scenes.

McFerrin's song "Don't Worry, Be Happy" was a No.

1 U.S. pop hit in 1988 and won Song of the Year and Record of the Year honors at the 1989 Grammy Awards. McFerrin has also worked in collaboration with instrumentalists, including pianists Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and Joe Zawinul, drummer Tony Williams, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Early life and education[edit]

McFerrin was born in Manhattan, New York City, the son of operatic baritoneRobert McFerrin and singer Sara Copper.

Bobby mcferrin and the ipo

He attended Cathedral High School in Los Angeles , Cerritos College, University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University) and the California State University, Sacramento.[citation needed]


McFerrin's first recorded work, the self-titled album Bobby McFerrin, was not produced until 1982, when McFerrin was already 32 years old. Before that, he had spent six years developing his musical style, the first two years of which he attempted not to listen to other singers at all, in order to avoid sounding like them.

Bobby mcferrin and the ipo

He was influenced by Keith Jarrett, who had achieved great success with a series of improvised piano concerts including The Koln Concert of 1975, and wanted to attempt something similar vocally.[1]

In 1984 McFerrin performed onstage at the Playboy Jazz Festival in Los Angeles as a sixth member of Herbie Hancock's VSOP II sharing horn trio parts with the Marsalis Brothers.

In 1986, McFerrin was the voice of Santa Bear in Santa Bear's First Christmas, and in 1987 he was the voice of Santa Bear/Bully Bear in the sequel Santa Bear's High Flying Adventure.

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That same year, he performed the theme song for the opening credits of Season 4 of The Cosby Show.

In 1988, McFerrin recorded the song "Don't Worry, Be Happy", which became a hit and brought him widespread recognition across the world. The song's success "ended McFerrin's musical life as he had known it," and he began to pursue other musical possibilities on stage and in recording studios.[2] The song was used in George H. W. Bush's 1988 U.S. presidential election as Bush's 1988 official presidential campaign song, without Bobby McFerrin's permission or endorsement.

In reaction, Bobby McFerrin publicly protested that particular use of his song, including stating that he was going to vote against Bush, and completely dropped the song from his own performance repertoire, to make the point even clearer.[3]

At that time, he performed on the PBS TV special Sing Out America!

with Judy Collins. McFerrin sang a Wizard of Oz medley during that television special.

In 1989, he composed and performed the music for the Pixar short film Knick Knack. The rough cut to which McFerrin recorded his vocals had the words "blah blah blah" in place of the end credits (meant to indicate that he should improvise).

McFerrin spontaneously decided to sing "blah blah blah" as lyrics, and the final version of the short film includes these lyrics during the end credits. Also in 1989, he formed a ten-person "Voicestra" which he featured on both his 1990 album Medicine Music and in the score to the 1989 Oscar-winning documentary Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt.

In 1992, various unsubstantiated rumors claimed that McFerrin had committed suicide, thus apparently contradicting the positive message from "Don't Worry, Be Happy".[4]

In 1993, he sang Henry Mancini's "Pink Panther" theme for the movie Son of the Pink Panther.

In addition to his vocal performing career, in 1994, McFerrin was appointed as creative chair of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

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He makes regular tours as a guest conductor for symphony orchestras throughout the United States and Canada, including the San Francisco Symphony (on his 40th birthday), the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic and many others.

In McFerrin's concert appearances, he combines serious conducting of classical pieces with his own unique vocal improvisations, often with participation from the audience and the orchestra. For example, the concerts often end with McFerrin conducting the orchestra in an a cappella rendition of the "William Tell Overture," in which the orchestra members sing their musical parts in McFerrin's vocal style instead of playing their parts on their instruments.

For a few years in the late 1990s, he toured a concert version of Porgy and Bess, partly in honor of his father, who sang the role for Sidney Poitier in the 1959 film version, and partly "to preserve the score's jazziness" in the face of "largely white orchestras" who tend not "to play around the bar lines, to stretch and bend". McFerrin says that because of his father's work in the movie, "This music has been in my body for 40 years, probably longer than any other music."[5]

McFerrin also participates in various music education programs and makes volunteer appearances as a guest music teacher and lecturer at public schools throughout the U.S.

McFerrin has collaborated with his son, Taylor, on various musical ventures.

In July 2003, McFerrin was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music during the Umbria Jazz Festival where he conducted two days of clinics.[6]

In 2009, McFerrin and psychologist Daniel Levitin hosted The Music Instinct, a two-hour documentary produced by PBS and based on Levitin's best-selling book This Is Your Brain on Music.

Later that year, the two appeared together on a panel at the World Science Festival. McFerrin was given a lifetime achievement award at the A Cappella Music Awards on May 19, 2018.

Vocal technique[edit]

As a vocalist, McFerrin often switches rapidly between modal and falsetto registers to create polyphonic effects, performing both the main melody and the accompanying parts of songs.

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He makes use of percussive effects created both with his mouth and by tapping on his chest. McFerrin is also capable of multiphonic singing.[7]

A document of McFerrin's approach to singing is his 1984 album The Voice, the first solo vocal jazz album recorded with no accompaniment or overdubbing.[8]


As leader[edit]

  • Bobby McFerrin (Elektra Musician, 1982)
  • The Voice (Elektra Musician, 1984)
  • Spontaneous Inventions (Blue Note, 1986)
  • The Elephant's Child (Windham Hill, 1987)
  • How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin & How the Camel Got His Hump (Windham Hill, 1987)
  • Simple Pleasures (EMI-Manhattan, 1988)
  • The Many Faces of Bird: The Music of Charlie Parker with Richie Cole, Lee Konitz (Verve, 1987)
  • Lady Fair with Gary Wiggins (Imtrat, 1989)
  • Medicine Music (EMI, 1990)
  • Play with Chick Corea (Blue Note, 1992)
  • Hush with Yo-Yo Ma (Sony Masterworks, 1992)
  • Bang!Zoom (Blue Note, 1995)
  • Paper Music (Sony Classical, 1995)
  • The Mozart Sessions (Sony Classical, 1996)
  • Circlesongs (Sony Classical, 1997)
  • Beyond Words (Blue Note, 2002)
  • Vocabularies (Emarcy, 2010)
  • Spirityouall (Sony Masterworks, 2013)


  • Laurie Anderson, Strange Angels, 1989
  • Chick Corea, Rendezvous in New York, 2003
  • Jack DeJohnette, Extra Special Edition (Blue Note, 1994)
  • En Vogue, Masterpiece Theatre, 2000
  • Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Little Worlds, 2003
  • Chico Freeman, Tangents, 1984
  • Gal Costa, The Laziest Gal in Town, 1991
  • Dizzy Gillespie, Bird Songs: The Final Recordings (Telarc, 1992)
  • Dizzy Gillespie, To Bird with Love (Telarc, 1992)
  • Herbie Hancock, Round Midnight, 1986
  • Michael Hedges, Watching My Life Go By, 1985
  • Al Jarreau, Heart's Horizon, 1988
  • Quincy Jones, Back on the Block, 1989
  • Charles Lloyd Quartet, A Night in Copenhagen (Blue Note, 1984)
  • The Manhattan Transfer, Vocalese, 1985
  • Wynton Marsalis, The Magic Hour, 2004
  • George Martin, In My Life, 1998
  • W.A.

    Mathieu, Available Light, 1987

  • Modern Jazz Quartet, MJQ & Friends: A 40th Anniversary Celebration (Atlantic, 1994)
  • Pharoah Sanders, Journey to the One (Theresa, 1980)
  • Grover Washington Jr., The Best Is Yet to Come, 1982
  • Weather Report, Sportin' Life, 1985
  • Yellowjackets, Dreamland, 1995
  • Joe Zawinul, Di•a•lects, 1986

Grammy Awards[edit]

  • 1985, Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male for "Another Night in Tunisia" with Jon Hendricks from the album Vocalese
  • 1985, Best Vocal Arrangement for Two or More Voices, "Another Night in Tunisia" with Cheryl Bentyne
  • 1986, Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male, "Round Midnight" from the soundtrack album Round Midnight
  • 1987, Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male, "What Is This Thing Called Love" from the album The Other Side of Round Midnight with Herbie Hancock
  • 1987, Best Recording for Children, "The Elephant's Child" with Jack Nicholson
  • 1988, Song of the Year, "Don't Worry, Be Happy" from the album Simple Pleasures
  • 1988, Record of the Year, "Don't Worry, Be Happy" from the album Simple Pleasures
  • 1988, Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male, "Don't Worry, Be Happy" from the album Simple Pleasures
  • 1988, Best Jazz Vocal Album, "Brothers" from the album Duets by Rob Wasserman
  • 1992, Best Jazz Vocal Performance, "Round Midnight" from the album Play


External links[edit]

Awards for Bobby McFerrin

Grammy Award for Song of the Year

  • "Beautiful Day" – Adam Clayton, David Evans, Laurence Mullen & Paul Hewson (songwriters) (2001)
  • "Fallin'" – Alicia Keys (songwriter) (2002)
  • "Don't Know Why" – Jesse Harris (songwriter) (2003)
  • "Dance with My Father" – Richard Marx & Luther Vandross (songwriters) (2004)
  • "Daughters" – John Mayer (songwriter) (2005)
  • "Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own" – Adam Clayton, David Evans, Laurence Mullen & Paul Hewson (songwriters) (2006)
  • "Not Ready to Make Nice" – Emily Burns Erwin, Martha Maguire, Natalie Maines Pasdar & Dan Wilson (songwriters) (2007)
  • "Rehab" – Amy Winehouse (songwriter) (2008)
  • "Viva la Vida" – Guy Berryman, Jonathan Buckland, William Champion & Christopher Martin (songwriters) (2009)
  • "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" – Thaddis "Kuk" Harrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart (songwriters) (2010)
  • "Need You Now" – Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott (songwriters) (2011)
  • "Rolling in the Deep" – Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth (songwriters) (2012)
  • "We Are Young" – Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess (songwriters) (2013)
  • "Royals" – Joel Little & Ella Yelich O'Connor (songwriters) (2014)
  • "Stay with Me" (Darkchild version) – James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith (songwriters) (2015)
  • "Thinking Out Loud" – Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge (songwriters) (2016)
  • "Hello" – Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin (songwriters) (2017)
  • "That's What I Like" – Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip (songwriters) (2018)
  • "This Is America" – Donald Glover, Ludwig Göransson & Jeffery Lamar Williams (songwriters) (2019)

Grammy Award for Record of the Year

  • "Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)" by Domenico Modugno (1959)
  • "Mack the Knife" by Bobby Darin (1960)
  • "Theme from A Summer Place" by Percy Faith (1961)
  • "Moon River" by Henry Mancini (1962)
  • "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" by Tony Bennett (1963)
  • "Days of Wine and Roses" by Henry Mancini (1964)
  • "The Girl from Ipanema" by Astrud Gilberto & Stan Getz (1965)
  • "A Taste of Honey" by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (1966)
  • "Strangers in the Night" by Frank Sinatra (1967)
  • "Up, Up and Away" by The 5th Dimension (Billy Davis Jr., Florence LaRue, Marilyn McCoo, Lamonte McLemore, Ron Townson) (1968)
  • "Mrs.

    Robinson" by Simon & Garfunkel (Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon) (1969)

  • "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" by The 5th Dimension (Billy Davis Jr., Florence LaRue, Marilyn McCoo, Lamonte McLemore, Ron Townson) (1970)
  • "Bridge over Troubled Water" by Simon & Garfunkel (Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon) (1971)
  • "It's Too Late" by Carole King (1972)
  • "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" by Roberta Flack (1973)
  • "Killing Me Softly with His Song" by Roberta Flack (1974)
  • "I Honestly Love You" by Olivia Newton-John (1975)
  • "Love Will Keep Us Together" by Captain & Tennille (Daryl Dragon, Toni Tennille) (1976)
  • "This Masquerade" by George Benson (1977)
  • "Hotel California" by Eagles (Don Felder, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Randy Meisner, Joe Walsh) (1978)
  • "Just the Way You Are" by Billy Joel (1979)
  • "What a Fool Believes" by The Doobie Brothers (Jeffrey Baxter, John Hartman, Keith Knudsen, Michael McDonald, Tiran Porter, Patrick Simmons) (1980)
  • "Sailing" by Christopher Cross (1981)
  • "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes (1982)
  • "Rosanna" by Toto (Bobby Kimball, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, David Hungate, Steve Porcaro) (1983)
  • "Beat It" by Michael Jackson (1984)
  • "What's Love Got to Do with It" by Tina Turner (1985)
  • "We Are the World" by USA for Africa (1986)
  • "Higher Love" by Steve Winwood (1987)
  • "Graceland" by Paul Simon (1988)
  • "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin (1989)
  • "Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler (1990)
  • "Another Day in Paradise" by Phil Collins (1991)
  • "Unforgettable" by Natalie Cole with Nat King Cole (1992)
  • "Tears in Heaven" by Eric Clapton (1993)
  • "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston (1994)
  • "All I Wanna Do" by Sheryl Crow (1995)
  • "Kiss from a Rose" by Seal (1996)
  • "Change the World" by Eric Clapton (1997)
  • "Sunny Came Home" by Shawn Colvin (1998)
  • "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion (1999)
  • "Smooth" by Santana (Rodney Holmes, Tony Lindsay, Karl Perazzo, Raul Rekow, Benny Rietveld, Carlos Santana, Chester Thompson) featuring Rob Thomas (2000)
  • "Beautiful Day" by U2 (Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr.) (2001)
  • "Walk On" by U2 (Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr.) (2002)
  • "Don't Know Why" by Norah Jones (2003)
  • "Clocks" by Coldplay (Guy Berryman, Jon Buckland, Will Champion, Phil Harvey, Chris Martin) (2004)
  • "Here We Go Again" by Ray Charles & Norah Jones (2005)
  • "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day (Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, Frank Edwin Wright III) (2006)
  • "Not Ready to Make Nice" by Dixie Chicks (Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison) (2007)
  • "Rehab" by Amy Winehouse (2008)
  • "Please Read the Letter" by Alison Krauss & Robert Plant (2009)
  • "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon (Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill, Nathan Followill) (2010)
  • "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum (Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood) (2011)
  • "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele (2012)
  • "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra (2013)
  • "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk (Thomas Bangalter, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo) featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers (2014)
  • "Stay with Me" (Darkchild version) by Sam Smith (2015)
  • "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars (2016)
  • "Hello" by Adele (2017)
  • "24K Magic" by Bruno Mars (2018)
  • "This Is America" by Childish Gambino (2019)

Chick Corea (discography)

Solo piano
Gary Burton
Stanley Clarke
Miles Davis
  • Water Babies (rec.

    1967–68, rel. 1976)

  • Filles de Kilimanjaro (1969)
  • In a Silent Way (1969)
  • [Live in Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 2]] (rec. 1969, rel 2013)
  • Bitches Brew (1970)
  • Bitches Brew Live (rec. 1969-70, rel.

    Boobby McFerrin and the IPO - William Tell Overture


  • Black Beauty: Miles Davis at Fillmore West (rec. 1970, rel. 1977)
  • Miles Davis at Fillmore: Live at the Fillmore East (1970)
  • Miles at the Fillmore - Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3 (Columbia Legacy, 4CD, rec. 1970, rel.


  • Jack Johnson (a.k.a. A Tribute to Jack Johnson) (1971)
  • Circle in the Round (rec. 1955-70, rel. 1979)
  • Live-Evil (1971)
  • On the Corner (1972)
  • Big Fun (rec.

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    1969-1972, rel. 1974)

Chick Corea
Elektric Band
Joe Farrell
Stan Getz
Joe Henderson
Hubert Laws
Herbie Mann
Blue Mitchell
  • Live at the Blue Note (1998)
  • A Week at The Blue Note (1998)
  • Change (1999)
  • corea.concerto: Spain for Sextet & Orchestra / Piano Concerto No.

    1 (1999)

Return to Forever
Wayne Shorter
  1. ^Bobby Solo, (official website)
  2. ^Bobby McFerrin's Improv-Inspired 'Vocabularies'.

    NPR. Retrieved July 1, 2011.

  3. ^"The Echo & Dissonance of George Bush's 1988 Campaign Music".

    Carl Anthony Online, October 13, 2012. Retrieved November 12, 2012.

  4. ^"Don't Worry, Be Dead".

    Why are there so many forex traders Retrieved July 1, 2011.

  5. ^Cori Ellison, "'Porgy' and Music's Racial Politics", December 13, 1998, The New York Times; available online here [1].

    Bobby McFerrin

    Retrieved July 15, 2010.

  6. ^Russell Carlson (June 21, 2003). "Berklee Honors Rollins, Holds Summer Clinics". JazzTimes.
  7. ^"Jazz, at Ritz, McFerrin", The New York Times, December 12, 1984
  8. ^Scott Yanow, "Bobby McFerrin – The Voice", AllMusic Review.