Posted on March 27, 2014

Jazz

The language of now

Jazz is the language of now, and Laramie County Community College’s Instrumental Jazz Ensemble will perform its “now” pieces Thursday, April 3, to highlight five decades of jazz. “Now is always the language of the present at this time,” said Gary Hall, LCCC instrumental music instructor and director.

“We’ve got a song from the ‘40s, ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. From every time period and every generation we picked a tune. A wide variety from funk, blues, uptempo and standard ballads. We’re actually playing stuff from the ‘40s and ‘50s, the now of that time.” He said the group had to pare the selections to about six or seven for the concert because they enjoyed all these tunes.

“’The Funk Stomps Here’ is a piece we were working on last semester but needed refinement and is ready now,” Hall said. “It’s a very complex piece due to a hard count, obscure entrances, and it’s hard to prepare for. Hard chord structures, improve solos and the quicker the chord changes, the harder it is to solo.” The ensemble is fairly extensive: five saxophones, four trombones, five trumpets, a full rhythm section, a piano, electric guitar, bass and a vocalist, made up from both students and community members.

Jazz is an important part of American culture, and “Cheyenne has a pretty active jazz scene, believe it or not. A lot of students are not aware of it. It’s easy to get involved and pretty accessible,” Hall said. He also noted the popularity of blues. “Everyone gets the blues, and they like listening to it,” Hall said. “So we’re doing succinct note passages.

Most people love the literature to how accessible it is and the wide variety. Fresh stuff.” The free concert will be performed at 7 p.m. at the Cheyenne Civic Center.


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