Jazz Now.....The Celebration
If your musical appetite has been jazz deprived for a while, take heart jazz, is coming back into the mainstream.
I was especially delighted to hear five outstanding talented musicians at the Enoch Davis Center in Saint Petersburg, Florida . These young musicians are past scholarship winners of The Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Education/Scholarship program.
The Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association Education/Scholarship program is really two parts that compliment each other. The goal for the scholarship program is to encourage high school musicians to further their study of jazz. The goal of the Education side of the program is to introduce young people to jazz and encourage further exploration into the music.
The scholarships musicians were: Mark Feinman , Drums, Ray Freire, Alto sax, Quinn Lahiff, tenor sax, Scott Lee , piano, and John Paul, bass. The quintets sound was striking, clear and well blended. It allowed the different elements of the music, such as, bold improvising, with a strong sense of shaping to fuse into a remarkably clear musical experience.
This talented quintet of musicians performed a number of jazz standards. The performance was rooted in tradition with modern rhythmic and harmonic embellishments.
To complete the finale , musicians sitting in : Henry Ashwood, alto sax, Andy Foertsch, trombone, Kevin Wilder, Piano, and Dwayne White, trumpet performed Billy Strayhorn’s " Take the "A" train", one of the most sophisticated , and intensive music arrangement of music in the swing era. It was an amazing night.
This is the kind of jazz performers which will attract new listeners. These musicians will obviously be growing fast and their future progress should be interesting.
I celebrate The Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association Education/Scholarship program for the work they have done with and for our youth, the future jazz musicians and look forward to attending what plans to be several great upcoming events sponsored by The Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association.