Everyone Loves About Three-Quarters of One Acapella Song

PORTLAND, Maine — Area musician and Cheverus High School music director Chris Humphrey has always loved jazz singer Al Jarreau’s “Not Like This,” but he always balked at the vocal complexity of the song. “It was one of my favorite tunes back in the ’80s,” Humphrey said. “I’ve always wanted to work with a group who could handle it. And this is that group.” This is Soulstice, not a collection of handpicked veteran vocalists from Humphrey’s travels in the music scene, but six Cheverus singers making up the school’s jazz choir. On Saturday, the a cappella sextet is one of several Maine groups expected to head to Boston to compete in the Berklee College of Music’s 44th annual High School Jazz Festival. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)