Attending A Jazz Concert Essay

1229 words - 5 pages

Attending a Jazz Concert

The latest concert that I attended was the NEIU Jazz Ensemble. It was
held in the NEIU auditorium. This was my first time
attending a Jazz concert. Therefore, I didn’t know what kind of music to
expect or any music that I was familiar to. This concert was a new
experience for me. It was far different from a rock concert held in some big
venue. The purpose of this concert was to give people a taste of the NEIU
Jazz Ensemble. The heritage or the background of this concert was strictly
Jazz music.

I was excited about my attendance at this concert. It would be the first
time I was going to a Jazz concert. I knew that I wouldn’t be disappointed or
get board there. The music they played was not the kind that makes you dose
off. I always loved the sound of a trumpet. My favorite musical group the
Dave Matthews Band has a trumpet player, and this is how I started enjoying
the sound. Therefore, I knew that this concert must be worth going to. This
concert gave me a chance to look more deep into what Jazz music is all
about.

The music that was performed was Jazz. The entire Ensemble had
fifteen people in it. There were only fourteen actual performers. One guy
was the director of the whole thing and he was composing. The composer
composed with his hands instead of a composing stick. This was an
interesting observation for me. The instrument that were used at this concert
were the Woodwinds which had five players on it. This was the most players
in one category of instruments. The Woodwind players were seated in the
first row. Other instruments used were the Piano, Bass, Drums, Trombones
and the Trumpets. There was one vocalist. There were two Trombone
players and three Trumpet players. They were all standing behind the
Woodwind players. The Piano, Bass, and the Drums were on the left side of
the stage. The composer was facing the performers during a song. After a
song was over the composer turned around to the audience and bowed.

The concert lasted about one hour. It started at 7:30 p.m. and went on
till about 8:35 p.m. There were seven songs that were performed. Every
song was around ten minutes long. Some were a little shorter about five to
six minutes in length and a couple songs were a little over ten minutes. The
concert seemed to be well organized time wise and convenient wise. The
concert was free admission and general seating. This was there only concert
at NEIU for the fall semester.

The music performed was done in a formal fashion. The performers
seem to take pride in what they were doing and also what they were
representing. Each performer were introduced individually by the composer.
The composer also told the audience about their background and what the
performers were majoring in. All but one of the performers were getting
certified to teach music. Most of the performers were wearing a shirt and tie
outfit. Some of...

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