Jazz Night Essay

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On Friday, November 18, 2011, I attended Jazz Night in Southwest at Westminster Presbyterian Church. The group that performed was fairly small, with six members. The members included: Reginald Cyntje (trombone), Victor Provost (steel pan), Amy Bormet (piano), Herm Burney (bass), Amin Gumbs (drums), and Christie Dashiell (vocals), who is a member of Afro Blue. They began with a song entitled “All Blues” by Miles Davis. Miles Davis was an African American jazz musician, trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. He is considered to be one of the best musicians of the 20th century. As the group performed this song, Christie Dashiell was scat singing. Scat singing is unique to jazz music and it is “a vocal improvisation with wordless vocals, nonsense syllables or without words at all. Scat singing gives singers the ability to sing improvised melodies and rhythms, to create the equivalent of an instrumental solo using their voice”. Once they finished the song by Miles Davis, they began a song entitled “Relaxin’”, which had a Caribbean feel to it. During this song, each member of the band had a solo which provided them with an opportunity to really display their talents. The group performed a song entitled, “Sankofa”, which was my favorite song of the evening. The term sankofa comes from the Akan language of Ghana and it translates to “go back and take”. The term is often associated with the proverb “It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten”, meaning that in order to appreciate the future, you must realize and remember your past. Jazz Night in Southwest attracts large crowds of people from all over the DC-Metropolitan Area. This is a positive event that the community seems to enjoy. While this was my first time attending the Jazz Night, it was nice to see everyone interacting and fellowshipping with one another while enjoying the music. I really

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