Jazz Showcase Essay

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Jazz Showcase

The concert I attended was the Jazz Showcase in Rudder Theatre on Monday June21, 2004 at 7:30 p.m.

Surroundings
Rudder Theatre is a large venue for this Jazz Showcase. There are five sections with fifteen rows deep in each section. The theatre is decorated modestly with solid colors and nothing too spectacular or eye catching. The chairs were covered in a yellowish fabric. The initial backdrop behind the stage was a white backdrop with red and blue lighting. This backdrop would change colors throughout the concert. Located at the doors were ushers with programs detailing the Texas Music Festival. The seats inside were not assigned but on a first come first serve basis. Seated in the very front and centered to the audience
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In relation to their instruments, the performers played them very eloquently, especially during the solos.
The Music
Way Out Basie: This was the opening piece the performers immediately began playing      on they came on stage. It was a very nice piece and a great selection to start the      concert.
A Widow’s Tale: It began with just the piano and a trumpet playing a solo in the      background. Eventually the other instruments joined in.
It’s Me: The stage and background changed to red from the stage lights. The melody      seemed faster      pace and upbeat. This was a very energetic piece.
88Basie Street: This piece was very laid back and slower. It gave me an easy feeling.      The tone was softer and the piece started with just the rhythm section playing      (guitar, piano, bass and drums). After a guitar solo, others followed in playing.
O’Ryan: I’m not sure if this was the correct name for the piece but it’s what I thought I      heard. This piece was composed by a member of the performers, Aaron Lington.      He played saxophone in the band. It sounded, to me, like it was in triple meter      for most of the piece. Yvonne Washington was the vocalist behind the music.      She was very

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