Music Concert Report Essay
Music Concert # 1 On Thursday April 25, 2013 , I attended a jazz vocal concert at the Music Concert Hall. The first vocal ensemble opened up the performance with a slow rhythmic song called Blue Skies. It began with vocals and I noticed a light auxiliary percussion and drum rhythm. Also, the bass guitarist used walking bass and the piano and electric guitar joined in as well. The first song also consisted of two soloist Regina and Chantel who took the front stage to show off their chops.
After the solo performances they fell back into the vocal sections and finished off the song as a complete band. The second performance had a piano opening which led to vocals joining in at the same time as the rhythm section. This performance consisted of three separate solos by vocalist, and ended the song like the last one as a group. The third performance of the night was personally interesting to me. Dr. Buchholz mentioned it was originated from Brazil by Sergio Mendez called “Brazil 66” and it was going to be sang in Portuguese.
In this performance the rhythm section was more uptempo joined by the choir. The first soloist was vocals by Jennifer which fell back into the group then a small piano solo was performed which was joined by the rhythm section and choir to conclude the song. The fourth performance was Java Jive, Manhattan Transfer. The guitar from the rhythm section started at the same time as the choir. But this time only the male vocalist started the song and then the female ones joined. The fist male soloist, James, of the night was in this song, who was joined by Jennifer for her solo performance.
The fifth and final performance for the first vocal ensemble was the first one that included horns, consisting of a trumpet, sax, and trombone. This song was a Paul Simon original “Bridge over trouble water”. All the vocalist started together along with the rhythm section. A male soloist took center stage which was joined with the horns sections. At first I had a little trouble picking up the horns. I could barely distinguish what they were playing but then I was able to pick up on them. After this, a female soloist performed and as a whole group the song finished.
The second vocal ensemble of the night started out with a song which included a twelve bar blues, called “ I use to know you”. This performance consisted of the most combinations of solos of the night as well as using an improvising style. The entire band started all together which led to a Trumpet solo. Then Jose on the Sax did his solo followed by the pianist comping. Then the choir along with the band joined together to lead to a female solo which was particularly interesting since she was scatting. The second performance of this ensemble was “Spring can really hang you up the most” which consisted of 3/4 time and 4/4 time.
This started with a female solo vocalist then a male one. The band as a whole played together and ended with a male solo scatting. The third and shortest performance of the night was a vocal acapella piece, “Love walked in” which was short and sweet. The fourth performance of the night was a Richmond Rogers piece. This had a rhythmic swing/salsa feel from the “Lady is a tramp”. This started with the rhythm section, with the male vocalist and horns. Then the female vocalist from the choir joined and concluded this piece. The fifth performance for the group was a sequel to voice stand an acapella piece by Greg Jaspers.
This song started with the choir using their voices as the instruments altogether. The final performance of the night was one of New York Voices “ Smack dab in the middle”. This was from the big band era inspired by Count Basie and Joe Williams. This piece really showed the skill of this group of musicians. The horn and rhythm sections had only received this piece a week ago and to me this showed great skilled given in to account they performed it great. This piece started off with the rhythm section then the vocals and horns joined at the same time.
I noticed the trumpet player was using a mute right before a many soloist proceeded to show off their chops. After all these vocal solos, a sax solo was performed which then all the band stopped playing except the horns sections. This was concluded by the whole band joining back in to finish this piece. Overall, both ensembles performed well, the second was more experienced so I enjoyed the pieces a little more. All the solos performed showed the individual talent contained within the groups to make these groups as a whole a great ensemble.