Jazz musician looks at old strings from Greece and Hungary

Charles Lloyd, a Jazz music artist and composer, has what you might term an ‘eclectic’ resume. He has played with hundreds and hundreds of jazz musicians. He has also played with the likes of the Beach Boys, B.B. King and tabla master Zakir Hussain.

Charles Lloyd, tonight, will be inducted as a National Endowment for Arts Jazz Master. Well, in part, he is being honored for fusing jazz with musical styles from several other times and places.

You would be able to listen to this on his new album named Wild Man Dance that features 2 old instruments from Europe. A leading website reported that Lloyd told that he decided that he wanted to have strings. But he wanted to have the strings of a cimbalom and the lyra. Continue reading “Jazz musician looks at old strings from Greece and Hungary”

Brussels Jazz Orchestra Performs At Penn State

A band of more than ten musicians all dressed in black dress shirts and navy suits professionally appeared on stage at Eisenhower Auditorium for the “BJO’s Finest and Graphicology” on Thursday night.

The widely acclaimed jazz orchestra has previously played in different cities all over the globe, including New York City and Singapore, with various movie productions and musical acts.

Brussels Jazz Orchestra has also won many awards including the Academy Award for a soundtrack in “The Artist” and Grammy nominations for the track “Wild Beauty”. Their performance started with some pieces from “BJO’s Finest” program that featured note-moving and smooth melodic pieces. The audience witnessed how each musician in the orchestra was playing in a united, yet unique way. Many felt lucky to hear them.

On numerous occasions throughout the performance, each musician including the pianist, the saxophone player, the drummer, and the trumpet player performed a solo. This led the rhythm of the selected piece, an improvisation many students in the crowd noticed. The audience appreciated this, as everybody in the band got the opportunity to show interest in their music. Continue reading “Brussels Jazz Orchestra Performs At Penn State”