Edward ‘Duke’ Ellington, a name synonymous with jazz, is considered still to one of the most influential Big Band Swing composers and arrangers. Ellington identified himself as a composer and arranger primarily and then a musician, although he played in bands before becoming an arranger. Ellington’s work and arrangements were instrumental in shaping Big Band Swing and helped to create the longevity of this sound. Ellington learned to lead a band and arrange pieces when he formed his first band, the Washingtonians. Under Ellington’s guidance the band slowly increased in size and popularity and once he began touring he did not stop for almost fifty consecutive years.
The original track had five songs, Festival Junction, Blues To Be There, Newport Up, Jeep’s Blues and Diminuendo and Crescendo In Blue. Ellington and his bands created many more albums which include Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington: The Great Summit/Complete Session, A Drum Is a Woman, and much, much more. Festival Junction had Alto, Baritone, Tenor saxophone, but also Clarinet, Trombone and Trumpet. The song starts a solo from a tenor saxophone and turns an upbeat swing and each instrument fits
Concert Review 6 This year’s West Bay Community Band concert on December 17th was an excellent concert based on the theme of Christmas music. The performance took place at Mills High School in their own theater and had the new staging previously used in their Winter Concert. The Band, Saxtet, Euphonium Quintet, and the Flute Trio had some individuals with the Holiday spirit. The band seemed pretty relaxed and were at ease when playing their selections regarding A Christmas Festival.
Introduction New Orleans Jazz is a genre of music during the 20th century that was in relation to the African American population. Two distinguished musicians, Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie, rose to fame with their musical talents in the jazz community. (Thesis) These two musicians from below the Mason Dixon line would acquire their popularity by performing nationwide, but their childhood, musical careers, and legacies would be totally different.
This past week I visited the Charles H. Templeton Music Museum during Mississippi State University’s Ragtime and Jazz Festival. The first time I visited this museum was my junior year of high school on a field trip while studying The Great Gatsby, but every time I visit the museum it is a brand new experience. Templeton's extensive collection of instruments, recordings, and sheet music allows for visitors to have an inside look on the progression of music throughout the late 1800’s and early 1900’s by emerging them into each particular musical time period. Charles H. Templeton himself stated, "This is one of the few collections, if not the only one, which carries through all of those changes. You started out with blues and then ragtime evolved from that, and then the Dixieland sound emerged and the big band, and from that came the forerunner of modern jazz.”
Ken Schaphorst, a composer, trumpeter, and educator with more than a decade of experience leading big bands, counts on a great lineup of musicians and friends, including a few former students from the New England Conservatory in Boston. Schaphorst’s modern big bands are typically packed with trendy and inventive jazz instrumentalists, and for this new album, entitled How To Say Goodbye, he maintains this feature. Donny McCaslin, Ralph Alessi, Chris Cheek, Uri Caine, Jay Anderson, and Matt Wilson are incredible performers that don’t need any introduction. Shifty and animated, the title track immediately lets us know about the leader’s art of orchestration. The tune was written for the trumpeter John Carlson who envinces absolute confidence and takes the lead through thoughtful moves.
1. What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong and Fleurette Africaine (Little Flower) by Duke Ellington. 2. Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington are two of the greatest geniuses contributing to the development of jazz music. Both pieces symbolize the civil rights struggle that was part of the changing America, which Armstrong and Ellington lived in.
Jazz is most often thought to have been started in the 1920s as this explosive movement, but that is in fact not the case. Starting in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century many African American musicians have started to explore their taste in improvising, and where better to do that than New Orleans (Anderson). Before the 1920s these jazz musicians have already been going around sharing the unique sound, but up until then, jazz had remained majorly in New Orleans. Interestingly during this period, a common jazz band would consist of a cornet, a clarinet, a trombone, and a rhythm section when at this period of time the clarinet is not commonly associated with being a jazz instrument, it moved into being the saxophone rather. A big
The Chamber Ensemble Concert took place in Corley Auditorium in Webster on Monday May Second at 5:30 PM. This was definitely my favorite concert, the music was so relaxing and smooth. I felt like I could just record it and play it at home, it was just so beautiful. I’m one of those people that loves music so, I like to experience new sounds, melodies, and tones. I enjoy all the sounds that one instrument can make and how people find inspiration to make something so beautiful.
The performers that night were the Aaron Germain Quartet which featured Aaron Germain on the Bass, Jeff Massanari on Guitar, Matt Clark on piano and Deszon Claiborne and drums. The show was supposed to start at 8:30 but it was postponed until approximately 8:54 pm. In order to take a full advantage of the jazz-cafe experience I order a chocolate torte, grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup in order to maximize the experience. The first song performed was a rendition of Herbie Hancock’s Tell Me a Bedtime Story. In this particular song, Matt Clark played a upright piano and Aaron Germain played a guitar.
These new tunes were just a standard set of chords with complex lines created over them. Bebop bands normally consisted of one to three horn players and a traditional rhythm section of a bass, piano and drums. Another main change in this style would be that it has a faster tempo than earlier jazz. Pianist used a new “comping style” instead of the modern stride
1. Disclaimer Although the Montreux jazz festival is a world renowned event it is still located in Switzerland, in the French speaking part. Thus some of the information of this report are just translated version of different sources 2. Introduction “Jazz does not belong to one race or culture, but it’s a gift that America has given to the world- Ahmad Alaadeen”
I had been in band from fifth grade through high school so even just hearing an ensemble sound again was amazing as I miss band very much. I also really enjoyed The Swan Lake Suite as it has been one of my favorite pieces since I was little, so it was also really nice to hear something that I already knew a little of how it would go. The orchestra sounded amazing and I am also good friends with one of the bassoon players so it was neat that one of our concerts to choose from had someone I knew in it. It was so interesting to hear all of the elements we have been discussing in class, actually in person and it was helpful that I was in band throughout school