Jazz Concert Review

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The formal jazz concert was held at New England Conservatory- Jordan Hall Thursday, November 29, 2012. The New England Conservatory is well known for its contemporary improvisation program. The program was founded in 1972 by musical visionaries Gunther Schuller and Ran Blake, trains musicians to develop their composing, performing, and improvising skills. Several concerts have been held at N.E.C(New England Conservatory), but the main theme of this specific one is "Rebirth of the Third Stream". "The program walks through the evolution of music that fits the Third Stream definition and its evolution: jazz compositions that are orchestrated with the complexity of a classical symphony; classical works that have been "recomposed" by jazz musicians; original works by classical and jazz composers that blend genres."

Prior to the concert, the musicians were introduced to the audience. The names of the players were: Saxophones
Will Bridges, alto
Billy McShane, alto
Hery Paz, tenor
Jack Finucane, tenor
Tyler Burchfield, baritone Trumpets
Matt Joseph
Kai Sandoval
David Neves
Aaron Dubenion
Josh Gilbert Trombones
Quinn Carson
Dan Gabel
Eric Stilwell
Michael Prentky Rhythm Section
Nikolaos Anadolis, piano
Ben Eunson, guitar
Zwelakhe Bell le Pere, bass
Willie Rodriguez, drums Guests
Zoe Christiansen, clarinet
Luke Park, clarinet and alto saxophone
Alex Henton, Jennifer Hyde, horn
Lucas Jensen, bass trombone

After players set up on stage they opened with A Tone Parallel to Harlem by Duke Ellington. They opened with a very slow introductory beat and picking up and slowing down tempo as time elapsed. There was obvious synchronization of Ellington's bing band swing musical composition and classical symphony influence that had been recomposed. This song gave the audience an overall introduction or feel for what would be played throughout the concert. I believe this was a great musical piece to open with because it was brilliantly arranged to give the audience a taste of the...
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