Sunday, May 27, 2012
Jazz is dead?
Who ever told you that lied! Jazz is not only alive but is constantly growing and moving forward. As proof to my statement, I offer, from personal observations. My recent attendance at: Stivers School for the Arts fundraiser to go to the New York Jazz Festival. The Beavercreek High School Weekend of Jazz Festival and tonight in Fairborn, Ohio; The Fairborn High School Jazz Band spring fundraiser concert. All of these events were well attended and all the young players were outstanding and really into it. I have to admit that as a commercial product jazz has its ups and downs but as an art form it continues at a remarkable pace. Speaking of remarkable, tonight's performance at Fairborn's United Methodist Church was a packed house. The way the High School Jazz Band and the Jazz Improvisation Ensemble played is a tribute to Mr. Gorretta, Mrs. Gorretta and Mr. Sparling! In addition to pull of an event of the size and successful outcome is a tribute to the businesses and community who supported it. Well done!