Clockwork

Clockwork

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An award-winning SF Bay Area based vocal ensemble with a signature sound and style, music from funk to gospel and R&B to standards. Rooted in the tradition of great vocal jazz groups such as the Hi-Lo's and Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, the Clockwork “sound” draws inspiration from all styles.

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Clockwork is a vocal quartet who sing mostly close-harmony jazz but also our own twists on pop and rock tunes.

Clockwork, an award-winning San Francisco based vocal ensemble with a signature sound and style, performs a banquet of music from funk to gospel and R&B to standards. Rooted in the tradition of great vocal jazz groups such as the Hi-Lo's and Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, the Clockwork “sound” draws inspiration from all styles. As the great Duke Ellington said, “If it sounds good, it is good.”

Experienced in both accompanied and a cappella performing, the group has arrangements for duos, trios and an 18-piece big band. Members of Clockwork have performed live with artists such as Bobby McFerrin, The Hi-Lo’s , Meredith Monk, Don Shelton, Gene Puerling, Barbara Lewis, Sufjan Stevens, John Zorn, Barbara Morrison, Kent Nagano with the Deutches Symphonie Orchester and the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, The PM Singers, Heatwave, GQ, Barbara Lynn, Richie Cole, M-Pact!, the House Jacks, Boyz Nite Out, InFusion, Vocal Flight, and on Ward Swingle's Instructional video "Swingle Singing."

ABOUT US
The singers of Clockwork have proven themselves to be versatile and have been noticed in the artistic community for their wide-ranging talent and abilities. In addition to Clockwork, all the singers are in demand for clinics, adjudication, projects and performances.

Angie Doctor, soprano, a native Californian, began her career doing commercials and voice-overs in Chicago from 1984 to 91. A songwriter and arranger besides being an accomplished singer, her work is on a number of recordings. The latest recording project is a CD of a cappella duets with Dan Bob Schumacher (of The Bobs), arranged and produced by Richard Bob Greene. She has also performed her originals, is a guest artist on Richard Bob Greene’s solo album “Low? Bottom? Me?” and sang on the soundtrack for the Dimension Films/Miramax feature Spy Kids. A founding member of the Grammy-nominated PM Singers, Angie’s expertise has been called on as a judge and clinician at festivals and workshops throughout the country since 1995 to the present.

Juliet Green, alto, is a Maui girl. Juliet has jazz and performance in her genes both her father, the late Pat Green, and her mother the late, Betty Green Janes-Brown were well-known Island performers for more than 40 years. After college, Juliet began teaching music in the Portola Valley School District where she still works. But those genes could not be denied and she began singing with Foothill’s Fanfairs and De Anza’s Vocal Flight. She was a founding member of the award-winning a cappella group +4db and in 2001, she helped form the group Vocalese Inc. Her debut CD, Simple,(2003) features many of her original lyrics. Juliet teaches at the Jazzschool in Berkeley and sings with the big band A Touch of Brass and also with jazz vocal quintet Moodswing (2005 Bay Area Harmony Sweepstakes Champions).

John Paddock, tenor, is a bay area native, who began as a boy soprano. Then, as a founding member of the PM Singers, John received a Grammy nomination for his work on the album Night in the City, on which he both sang and engineered. John and Angie have appeared together at the Monterey Jazz Festival, the IAJE national convention and Birdland. Both singers have performed live with Bobby McFerrin, The HiLos! members Gene Puerling, Don Shelton and Clark Burroughs, The Singers Unlimited’s Bonnie Herman and with Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass.
In addition to Clockwork, John and Angie sing with the Pacific Mozart Ensemble, and have performed with Sufjan Stevens, Dave Brubeck, at Carnegie Hall with Meredith Monk and are featured soloists on the 2005 Grammy nominated performance of Leonard Bernstein's Mass recorded in Berlin, Germany with Kent Nagano and the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester.

Dave Duran, baritone, has been performing since he was six years old and is also a founding member of two award-winning groups, +4db and Moodswing, Dave met Juliet while both were studying jazz vocal music at De Anza College with Roger Letson. They were key vocalists in the acclaimed college group Vocal Flight.

Dave and Juliet are three time Regional Champions in the A Cappella Harmony Sweepstakes, twice with +4db and once for Moodswing and placed in the National Finals. They were voted Audience Favorite and awarded Best Arrangement each time they appeared in the contest. Dave and Juliet had the opportunity to tour and perform in Seattle, Washington DC, Boston, France, Germany, and Japan.

Angie and Dave appear on an instructional video with Ward Swingle, (produced by John Neal and directed by Richard “Bob” Greene), demonstrating rehearsal and vocal techniques for a cappella singing.

"Listening to Clockwork is a memorable treat - for jazz fans and those who love the human voice - but in full performance mode the group displays a talent for visually emphasizing lyrics and emotional content. Banter and interplay between tun

Lyrics

Who's Blues (Whose Blues)

Written By: Juliet Green

Here in Whoville, we’re happy being small
but one day we had a problem
We had to put up with some monkeys and a kangaroo too
They couldn’t hear us, couldn’t see us and so what could we do?
Poor old Horton, he did his best to pull us through
The other critters told him he was crazy

Then this eagle, he grabbed our city on a clover
He was a mean bird
And they put Horton in a cage but still he managed to call
And say a person is a person doesn’t matter how small.
Don’t give up now, come on and let your voice be heard.

(Help us out Horton, we’re important
Shout a little louder now - can you hear us
Is our wailin’ comin’ through?)

(It just ain’t workin’ – someone’s shirkin’
Take a look around and see if anyone
Is sleepin’ on the job.)

Back in Whoville, we all commenced to make some big noise
Oh what a racket.
We tried to blow on big bazookas and we blasted great toots
On all the clarinets and saxes, oompa-boompas and flutes
We went crazy with whoops and hollers, yells and hoots.
The kangaroos they said they couldn’t hear us

Then young Jojo was found just sittin’ doin’ nothin’
Thought he was too small
To make a difference but the mayor told him give a big shout.
The others finally heard the noise and then they really flipped out.
Every voice counts – that’s really what it’s all about.

I Carry You Around/Chameleon

Written By: Juliet Green

lyrics to the Herbie Hancock piano solo:

Baby yes I feel you here
Lingering in the syncopation
Your soul is hiding on the offbeat.
You're knocking me off my feet,
And so I turn around, elated, half-expecting
You to walk my way
'Cause I'm keepin' you near.
You scream
Kickin' my cool disposition off track,
Carryin' me back.
And I remember what you had to drink
At the party, or maybe I don't
But now baby it's too late for turnin' back.
Yeah, schemin', dreamin', screamin', feelin'
You here, and there,
And here, and now,
And how and why,
And live and die
But not goodbye.

Discography

"Every Voice Counts" released March 2010

Clockwork with Clipper Anderson, John Calloway, Deszon Claiborne, Jeremy Cohen, Michelle Djokic, Gerry Grosz, Phil Hawkins, Mark Ivester, David Landon, Jim Schneider

1. I Carry You Around/Chameleon
2. Rhode Island Is Famous For You
3. The Goodbye Look
4. Creep
5. I Thought About You
6. Who's Blues (Whose Blues)
7. Where Do the Children Play?
8. Pontchartrain
9. My Attorney Bernie
10. None of Us Are Free
11. Anthropology
12. The Water Is Wide

Set List

This is a partial set list, showing the variety of tunes in our repertoire. We are always working on new tunes ...

Creep
In A Mellowtone
Who’s Blues
I Thought About You
Stolen Moments
I Carry You Around/Chameleon
Rhode Island Is Famous For You
The Water Is Wide
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
Anthropology
Pontchartrain
None of Us Are Free
Those Clouds Are Heavy (You Dig?)
The Goodbye Look
Come On Home
I Remember Clifford
I’m In the Mood For Love/Moody’s Mood For Love
Where Do the Children Play?
Smack Dab in the Middle
Sing, Sing, Sing
Tenor Madness
My Attorney Bernie