Jazz Band II 18 October 2013 Mike Vax: BigBandJazz.net Mike Vax is an outstanding trumpeter who specializes in Jazz studies. On his album “BigBandJazz.net” he plays in a Ferguson-esque manor, not in terms of range, but style—playing over the band as the featured soloist. The first track on this album is “Royal Rendezous”, a Mike Vax original, which is a nice and mellow swing chart featuring tenor Scott Peterson and trumpeter Mike Olmos on the solos. I really enjoy this song because it contrasts in balance and dynamics. For example, the song at times changes from a quiet saxophone soli, to a loud shout chorus, to a uniquely created improvised solo.
Briefly describe three contrasting techniques of improvisation; using examples from the three jazz set works you have studies. One highly common technique of improvisation is chromatic alteration throughout solos where notes outside of the chord are used in order to extend the harmony and add tensions to the chords. For example blues notes are used in all three set works. The use of the flattened 3rd and 7th are particularly noticeable in the clarinet counter melody in the 4th chorus of Hotter Than That. There are also blues inflections in the vocal and guitar duet where the flat 3rd is emphasised by bending the notes at the beginning of phrases.
Because he is thinking to himself the story seems disjointed leaving the reader with a lot of unanswered questions that only to which only the narrator knows the answers. Why is this girl coming over? Why would some parent just be dropping her off? Is this a date? If the story had been written in first or third person point of view, I think we would understand a lot of the protagonist’s motivation.
History Of Jazz Mus 225 Professor Hebert A. Smith, M.A 1. Race Record played what value in the development of African American music. Prior to the emergence of rhythm & blues as a musical genre in the 1940s, "race music" and "race records" were terms used to categorize practically all types of African-American music. Race records were the first examples of popular music recorded by and marketed to black Americans. Reflecting the segregated status of American society and culture, race records were separate catalogs of African-American music.
Blurring the Lines: The Importance of Classical Music in Jazz 6-9/11 The traditions of jazz and classical music share few similarities in their evolutions. The former is a relatively recent music, descending from military bands and traditional African chant and blues, whereas the latter is a timeless evolution of theory and compositional practices, exemplified by the canonic works of Western European history. But in these two seemingly different traditions, there is a unification, sometimes intentional, sometimes not, that transcends boundaries. That unification is in the language, the harmony and melodies, of the music, and it behooves us all (that is, students of jazz) to give a great deal of credence to any artist who has mastered this language, no matter the medium in which it is performed. I intend to argue that for a jazz player to be a holistic musician, a master of styles, they must immerse themselves in both the traditions of the classical composers and the jazz performers, for in actuality, they are one and the same.
Following the emancipation of slaves, rhyme songs, ballads, and blues became abundant in the African American community. Blues was a reflection of the trials and tribulations of African American life and tended to have a melancholy tone. These genres were a form of solo folk song in which the performer translates emotion into music by using wordless sounds, and they became the foundation for the development of jazz. Although blues and jazz are considered musical cousins, jazz was a joyous revolt from convention, authority, and sorrow. Jazz was characterized by a sense of energy and a melody that did not always follow the beat.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist In the text ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ by Mohsin Hamid, the protagonist Changez is slowly revealed as an unreliable narrator through the progression of the framed narrative. Mohsin Hamid has written this piece as an extended monologue and used it create security within the reader and the details of the story, but then slowly shifts the whole situation and little by little continues the development of Changez being an unreliable narrator. Slowly but surely, as the novel progresses, the reader is shown the comparisons that the narrator Changez makes between cultures, the views that he has and racial prejudice he develops towards Americans when talking to the unnamed American tourist. It is also gradually revealed to the reader that Changez has forgotten many details of his story when recounting it, also exaggerating parts and giving his views on certain things, hence making him an unreliable narrator. It is very easy to believe everything that Changez says in the beginning, because of his likeable characteristics, but the more and more one connects with the narrator, the harder it becomes to be so gullible.
Becoming a Jazz Singer There are countless different aspects that should be thoroughly examined when reviewing assets that are essential to becoming a successful jazz singer. To be clear, a jazz singer is a vocalist who brings his or her own interpretation to a song and improvises through sounds, notes, words and/or phrasing. A jazz singer has spontaneous elements as well as solid technique, and an excellent example of always singing how you feel. Through technique, great influences, and practice, we will explore different ways of becoming a flourishing jazz vocalist. Jazz technique is something that can be interpreted differently to each individual, but generally the following are summarized methods that can greatly influence overall exceptional execution.
While each group showed differences in musical style, they all displayed great skill and magnificence in their compositions. My favorite piece in the concert was “God Bless the Child” by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog, Jr. This piece was performed by the Strickland Quintet and consisted of a tenor saxophone, piano, guitar, drums, and bass. Unlike the previous fast paced pieces performed by this quintet, this piece started off with a slow, adagio, tempo. From the beginning, the performance caught the listener’s ear, as the saxophone played lead, followed by a soft hormonal background from the other instruments.
The blues was born out of the field working slaves in the form of call-and-response songs thus giving it the significance needed to be attributed as a quintessential sound of American Music. Jazz is a symbol of American music in many different ways. One of the characteristic that I would consider to make it a part of the American sound is improvisation. Improvisation is a key component of the genre of jazz and it represents the style of jazz extremely well. Improvisation in jazz is a highly individualistic art form that differs between every musician.