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1  In-Class Critiques / Jazz Concert Critiques / Re: Celebration Jazz Choir 4/22 on: April 23, 2010, 07:00:55 am
On Thursday April 22, 2010 in the McCarthy Auditorium, Room 6120 I attended The MDC celebration Jazz Vocal Ensemble. It was my first time experiencing a student vocal concert and I have to say that I very much enjoyed the performance. The concert began with a song called "Route 66" music and lyrics by Bobby Troup was performed by a choir of girls and boys their was also instruments such as drums, piano, electrical guitar that gave it a happy and loud feel to the song. The song "Alone Together" music by Arthur Schwartz had the same set up but there was a piano solo by Dan Matheson, which was beautiful and gave a romantic style to the song. The song "But Beautiful" music by James Van Heusen had a sad/soft tone and had three soloist, which did very well. The song " The Boy From New York City " music and lyrics by John Taylor and George Davis had an awesome rhythmic feel especially when the solo singers began to sing. They had two different type of singers, Alto and Soprano and all the solos did an amazing good. The song " Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing" music and lyrics by Stevie Wonder had a smooth feel all the way through the song. Their was also solo singers and the instruments playing in the background with the flow of the song. The song " So Danco Samba " music by Antonio Carlos Jobim had a Happy/Harmonic or even a dancing feel. The song was beautifully sung in Portuguese which amplified it's south American spice. The song " A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square " music by Manning Sherwin was performed in Acapella with a somber tone, which was mesmerizing. The song    "Senor Blues "  music and lyrics by Horace Silver had a Funky tone. The instruments played such as the piano was breathtaking as well as the solo scat singing by Alessandria Pita. The song " Voice Dance " music by Greg Jasperse was another performance in Acapella with a Romantic and soft tone and no instruments. The song '' Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard" music and lyrics by Paul Simon had a fast beat and rhythmic feel that I couldn't stop moving my feet. What I like the most was the Saxphone solo it was wonderful. The best part was when everyone sang and played the instruments all at once it was loud but fun and  exciting. Overall the concert was amazing and well done, they all seemed to have practiced very hard because all were breathtaking.
2  In-Class Critiques / Jazz Concert Critiques / Re: MDC Jazz Band 2/09 on: March 21, 2010, 01:54:31 pm
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 7:30 pm in McCarthy Auditorium, Room 6120 I attended a Jazz Ensemble Concert where they introduced special guest: Jesse Jones Jr. I have to say I had no idea what to expect from this Jazz concert being that it would be my first time ever attending to one. I have always been intrigued by the feel of Jazz music so I new I was going to like it and indeed it was as I thought. I enjoyed every feel and beat of the music playing; I could stop my feet from moving. The Concert had to sessions. The first session of the concert was the MCD Jazz Band conducted by Matt Banelli whom directed and lead the band of students that night. The instruments used in each song by the band were 5 trombones, 3 trumpets, 5 Saxes, a piano, a guitar, a bass and two drums The songs played were very much enjoyed some had a harmonious rhythm others a serious tone or even a sentimental tone. Two of my favorite songs were "The Steady Shuffle" and "The Sentimental Journey”. "The Steady Shuffle" had a very strong and very quick beat to it. I liked the improvisation of instruments which I believe it makes the whole song so rhythmic and so alive, which had me dancing in my seat as well as the audience. In this song there was a saxophone solo which was very entertaining and I also liked how then the trumpets improvised and in the background you would hear the steady beats of the drummer playing and also the piano. ”The sentimental journey" had a slow and smooth tone to it. There was also a saxophone solo, which I loved because the feel was so smooth and got you to feel a certain inner self emotion, very peaceful. Also in the background of the son there was a steady beat, which was the bass and a bit towards the ending of the song the drums took over. What I loved about the entire concert was Jesse Jones Jr, A saxophonist extraordinaire. I really had the wonderful opportunity to actually have a feel of what a truly Jazz musician sounded like, live. There was a song called “Comin’ Home Baby” played by Jesse Jones Jr. which was amazingly wonderful. The tone was happy and exciting filled with so much life and laughter. Jesse Jones Jr. had played the flute amazingly; it felt like it was someone singing at one point. Also when he took a break from playing the flute he began to sing like a women, that was so funny, I don’t think I have laughed so much; he also had the audience keeping the beat by clapping. My feet would not stop moving by the beat of Jones playing the flute and the laughter was ongoing until the end of the song. He had the entire audience laughing and dancing from there seats. He was beyond wonderful. Both programs were amazing and each song had its meaning and feel. They did a great job and left everyone including myself beyond excited about the feel of Jazz.
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