Thursday, April 11, 2013

Hartt Concert Jazz Ensemble Performance

Last night, the Hartt Concert Jazz Ensemble, directed by Professor Chris Casey, presented a great program.  The concert featured the music of Jackie McLean, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and others.  As a special treat, Hartt faulty members Shawnn Monteiro and Rene McLean were featured as soloists with the band.  In particular, Prof. Monteiro’s performance of “Here’s That Rainy Day,” was quite moving.  Millard auditorium was nearly full and the band sounded great under Prof. Casey’s leadership.  All the student soloists did a great job, and I want to point out that three of Prof. Nat Reeves’ bass students combined their talents in a pieced titled “Tricotism” that featured them trading solos that were quite impressive.  As an added bonus, the Hartt Community Division presented a musical “appetizer” of sorts before the band concert.  Ed Fast, Community Division percussion faculty member, lead a performance of the Community Division Latin Jazz Percussion Ensemble.  This group of middle and high school students performed with great enthusiasm and musicianship.  Another super night a Hartt!

Posted by Michael Menapace ('93)

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