Jazzing it up

Jazz Studies Program presents a winter themed show

By Alexis Pascaris
Staff Writer

Last year, the Winter Wonders Jazz Concert was held during a snowstorm, this year’s mild winter had Director Dr. Riccardo Selva thinking about what a difference a year makes. This year, the Jazz Ensemble and the Jazz Improvisation Combo presented on Monday Dec. 15, in the DiPonio Room of the VisTaTech Center and consisted of trumpets, a trombone, flute, tuba, piano, bass, guitar, accordion, drums and various saxophones. The atmosphere inside the DiPonio room was warm and the excitement and togetherness of the holidays filled the air. Members of the ensemble and the audience were grinning as the music unfolded before them.

JazzConcertAS159Each musician and vocalists Pamela Jaslove, Hank Hankins and Carol Snyder, were talented in their own way, and everyone came together as a group to create a memorable performance.
After the show, Schoolcraft student Noelle Mayer said, “My favorite part was the intensity. I loved hearing each instrument’s solo act.”

The Winter Wonders presentation consisted of 20 different musical masterpieces—each one marked by unique solos performed with passion by members of the ensemble. All of the hard work and dedication that went into creating such a marvelous event did not go unrecognized.
“The Schoolcraft Jazz Program musicians had an excellent semester of learning, musical growth, and performing experiences which culminated with the Winter Wonders Concert,” Selva said.

As a whole, the talented jazz bands serenaded the crowd with epic renditions and showed how truly beautiful the art of music and harmony is.

JazzConcertAS144Selva’s passion for his music is warming, exciting and inviting, he enthusiastically presented and conducted the music, and the Jazz Program has seen much growth since his appointment as music director. The whole department’s dedication resulted in a show never to be forgotten.

Selva said, “For a musical organization to thrive, it needs to perform regularly and be supported by its local community.”

Selva encourages anyone with a taste for music to attend the next show the Jazz program presents.

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