Jazz Band Concert

Posted: December 18, 2015 in Articles, Uncategorized

This summer I auditioned for a jazz band with my trumpet. I was accepted, and I anticipated quite a bit of fun because I like playing jazz, and also, my friend is in the group. Yesterday, the group played its winter concert in a church with an audience of about a hundred and fifty people. We did get a recording of it, but the audio quality is pretty bad, so we decided not to put it up.

Anyway, the three songs we played were the Jive Samba by Julian Adderley, an arrangement of Linus and Lucy, and Sack of Woe by Nat Adderley. The songs themselves aren’t very challenging, so the main challenge was improvising our solos. We had some chords and scales to go off of, but other than that, we were on our own. Mine actually turned out pretty bad, although it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.

I had twenty-four measures to do something that was entertaining, and it didn’t work too well. I have found that the notes themselves don’t make the solos interesting, although you can have nice sections. I think it’s mainly the small things (grace notes, runs, note bends, etc.) that make it interesting.

I have a hard time remembering all the things I can do within my solo, but for the most part, I was moderately happy with the performance as a whole. I had a lot of fun and hopefully at our next concert, I was be happier with my improvisation!

  1. Jenny Kim says:

    Congrats on your performance, it’s always nerve wracking to perform in front of people. so great job!


  2. Libby says:

    Congratulations on your selection for the band. I’m sure you will be happier with your performance as your confidence grows. Happy Christmas to you all.

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