I went to recital hour and heard The College Concert Jazz Band. They were a big band that consisted of various instruments such as: alto and tenor saxophones, trumpets, trombones, drums, bass, guitar and piano. They played Swing, Swing, Swing, Sunny Side of the Street, Bebop Charlie, which is a song that is a transition between swing and bebop, Blues for Sita, which was played by the big band and was intended to sound like a small band, It Had to be You, which featured a guest vocalist named Stav Sokolov, and Howdiz Songo?, which was a salsa style piece and it featured Charlie Chavez, who was awesome. I am going to write about Swing, Swing, Swing by Marty Conley and Blues for Sita by Mike Barone.
The first song I’m going to write about is Swing, Swing, Swing. The beat of this song was strong and dominate, while the tempo was played very quickly giving the song’s tone color a bright, high energy, dancing feel to it and the overall volume was loud. The horns also added to the rhythm by adding a lot of syncopation throughout the piece as they played extra loud accent notes with high pitches. The theme of the song had variations between the big band and the soloists that created a call and response between the two as well. Since it was a big band playing this piece the instruments included: saxophones, trumpets, bass, trombones, etc. so it essentially had the sound of a marching band. The trumpet solo had a fast tempo and it was played at a loud volume, whereas when the bass and drums played the volume soften up, while the tempo was still being played fast. While this song was written music it seemed there was room for improvisation for the soloists, I noticed the saxophone player close his eyes a few times during his part.
The second song I’m going to write about is Blues for Sita. This song is played by the entire big band but is intended to sound like a small band. It is in the form of the blues and is played in a minor key. The tempo starts out...
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