Posts Tagged ‘Jazz’

First concert of semester

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

On 22nd October, at the Evans Auditorium, the School of Music’s Ensemble Series will hold a Jazz Lab Band which is one of the 3 jazz ensemble classes in School of Music. The students would participate in the first 2 concerts for the class. Professor Martin McCain has directed the course for three years and he will direct it.

McCain told that they have been practicing for this show since the start of the class. The students were also working quite hard and also enjoying and having a whole lot of fun learning about the top bands of jazz. It is still part of the grade, it was more fun compared to anything.

The concert will begin with a group of students called the Jazzbones that excludes the trumpets and saxophones. McCain told that it was like a tradition which developed during the era of the Big Band. After that the whole ensemble will participate into play. The will touch different kinds of styles like funk, Latin, classical and jazz. He added that they have 7 tunes to hold the audience and take them to an emotional roller coaster. He would like to take people on a ride and left them thinking.

Sarah McGriff, one of the participants, told that most of the pieces are full of fun and energy, no matter which style they are. She added that she was quite surprised to watch a piece from music composer and that serves to connect with the audience quite easily.

Jazz musician Hudson Simbarashe

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Hudson Simbarashe, a jazz musician based in Bulawayo, has told that he has got a passion for this genre and he will go on to produce this kind of music in spite the lack of support. On Tuesday, in a recent interview, Hudson Simbarashe told that this kind of music did not have very much support compared to what is known as ‘popular’ music.

If jazz music is compared to other genres of music like house music, you would realize that this genre would sell much less in a long period as it is aimed for mature listeners who take time to purchase this.

Still he will play jazz music. His music is heavily determined by jazz. Some people want them to trust that there are no jazz in this country, instead it is African music and they are ennobled to play it.

Chenga Ose is an album that has 9 tracks with two instruments tracks and that are Zim Blues and Fallen Trees. The other tracks to look for are Fallen Trees, Mapfunde, Pabva Gondo and Africa.

The roots of Simbarashe’s music are in African philosophy. Hudson read a whole lot of African literature and he also believes that best philosophers are found in this continent. Here, they are speaking about people who found out their philosophy form their culture.

Hudson began music in the year 1996 and in 2002, he formed Five Fold, a jazz music band. In 2004, they released their first album called Now or Never and in 2008, they released Forgotten Tears.


Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

In a bid to win pension benefits for jazz artists, the musicians’ union for New York City has begun an advertising campaign and plans to expand their protest outside jazz clubs. The union, Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians has started distributing leaflets outside Blue Note in Greenwich Village in December saying that owners of club have gone back on their word where they promised to begin pension benefits to jazz musicians in return for a sales tax break.

On Thursday evening, the union plans to expand the leaflet campaign to five prominent jazz clubs namely Jazz Standard, Village Vanguard, Birdland, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and Village Vanguard. The union is also advertising in jazz publications to draw attention to the misery of elderly jazz musicians who are devoid of pension benefits.

Meanwhile club owners have opposed the efforts of the union to force them to pay pension funds for years. Some of the owners say it the liability of the band leaders to pay pension benefits rather than club owners. They point out that it will be very much costly and impractical for owners to write a pension check for each and every musician who plays at a major jazz club. The campaign of the union is supported by several jazz artists such as Ron Carter, Bernard Purdie and Bucky Pizzarelli.