Jazz is termed as the musical fusion developed by combining R&B rhythms and funk, and amplifying electronic effects of rock music. Jazz music is known to have originated in the southern region of United States, and was composed by African-Americans. Jazz is an incorporation of music from the nineteenth century, and that of the twentieth century. In addition to this, jazz music display high level of creativity by its application of instrumental techniques. This paper entails a report of a jazz concert I attended in recital hall in the school of music at 7.30 pm on 25th of October this year. It was evident that there was utmost coordination between the vocalists, drummer, pianist, guitarists. The vocalist began the concerts with I hear a rhapsody by Baker, Gasparre, and Fragos. This was followed by Strayhorn’s Chelsea Bridge which had a relaxing mood, and created a peaceful atmosphere.
It was my first jazz concert to attend, and I had no idea of the fusion of jazz music, and the energy associated with the live performance. Even though the concerts only lasted an hour, it was one of my best moments, and would be more than willing to go to other concerts. The rhythmical flow of words from the vocalists had a soothing effect that defines music from the 19th century. On the other hand, Brendan bull displayed various techniques in playing the drums. Just listening to the band it was obvious that the band had been performing together for years. They played a couple of songs such as grovin high, speak no evil, triste, I concentrate on you, and meditation. The best part of the concert was when the vocalists hit high notes, and the drummer, guitarist, and the pianist would act on the instruments as they approached the climax. The concert was an event to remember, and it gave me the guts to prefer live music to dead music, in other words, music produced in studios.
Brendan bill was really great on the drum, next to him was Justin tsugranes the guitarist who understood what the audience wanted. On the other side, the vocalists were backed up by Phil Jones the bass guitarist, Will Sinclair the pianist. The band had a melodic style where they would speed up and slow down to extreme tempo scales. The combination of the three sounds creatively produced a wonderful rhythmical sound that truly defines jazz music. The concert was finalized with Taylor’s song I wish I knew how it would feel to be free. The excitement and energy in the audience kept the concert alive, it was a pity that the concert only lasted an hour. However, as time goes, the quality of music improves and this is influence by improvement of competitiveness of different musicians. However, piracy has been one of the problems facing the upcoming musician. Unlike in the past, music is leaked and pirated by others who earn a lot of money by selling the records at cheaper prices.
The world we live in is changing drastically, as a result of all the new discoveries that have been made over the years. These new discoveries have been aided by the production of quality music and hence attracting more fans. These includes of better facilities and equipments used in studios in music production (Larkin, 2004). As scientists continue to discover and invent new equipment, the world is adapting them and incorporating them in the societies and music world. It is evident that music is growing massively, and changes with the changing of fashion and modernization. Successful musicians are considered to be those that keep the trend of the development and coming up with new styles.
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Jazz is a musical style that began in African American communities in the southern United States around the beginning of the twentieth century. It was a new style of music that brought together music traditions from West Africa and Europe. Some of its West African musical influences give jazz its unique sound. Jazz has many different elements, which are improvisations, swinging, using blue notes, and combining different rhythms. I attended The Bill and Helen Murray Jazz Residency Program featured Ellery Eskelin on the Saxophone with Susan Acorn on the pedal steel guitar and Michael Formanek on the acoustic bass and The Towson University Jazz Faculty Ensemble Featuring Dave Balloy on the trumpet, flugelhorn, and piccolo trumpet, Jim Mc falls on the trombone and baritone, Tim Murphy on the piano, Jeff Reed on the bass and last but not least, Frank Russo on the drums and cymbals.
At each concert about four songs were performed. The musical elements in both performances that classify the music I heard as jazz were the swing rhythms and improvisations. The Jazz Residency Program was based on improvisations. Each player at this concert; had the ability to instantaneously compose, revise and perform their parts amazingly. As Ellery played the Sax, Susan and Michael played their instrument spontaneously creating fresh melodies.
At the Jazz Faculty ensemble, the musicians played songs that were previously written. Their musical styles were mostly bebop and swing with lots of call and respond. Jim Mc falls would play his trombone and all group members would follow after him. The song “Moodly” sounded like bebop, because there were a lot of bass drum bombs and tonal clashes. “Marsch der freien Sound Fur Funf Instrumente” was also a bebop song that was played with extended harmonies and tonal clashes.
Some of the non-traditional jazz elements that I heard were played at both of the Jazz Concerts. Susan Acorn played the pedal steel guitar, which I found to be a non-traditional element. The sound was completely different from what I had ever heard before. At the Jazz Faculty Ensemble, Dave Ballou played the Piccolo Trumpet for the last piece “Conversion”. The high-pitched sound made the song slur and blend with soft melodies.
Listening to each concert, gave me two totally different experiences. The Jazz Residency concert was all improvisations, so it didn’t remind me of any of the music I had heard before. The Jazz Faculty ensemble was a reminder of music styles like Art Tatum, John Coltrane, and Duke Ellington. When they played Hamster in a bucket it’s reminded me of “In a Mellotone” by Duke Ellinton. Then Dave Ballou played the trumpet in the song “Cry Baby” like Miles Davis played the trumpet in the song “So What”.
In conclusion, the quality of both performances was outstanding. Each performance was completely different and that’s what I loved. The jazz residency program was completely improvised, leaving me opened and surprised at every note each player chose to play. The Jazz Faculty Ensemble’s songs had a distinctive vibe. They made the sounds of their music come together and I felt the rhythm. I would defiantly pay to see each performance again. I left the concerts smiling, because I felt as if I knew exactly what they were trying to accomplish with their music. The two ensembles I attended featured some of the most talented musicians I ever heard performing at Towson University.