The St. John's Jazz Program presented its Spring Concert this evening. It was an outdoor performance, with the musicians on the patio of the Gletner Courtyard, with family and friends spread out on lawn chairs and blankets.
The concert began with the Swing Band. This group rehearsed on Wednesdays throughout the year and contains both veteran and novice jazz musicians. The Swing Band performed two songs: "It Had To Be You," and Ray Charles' "MaryAnn."
The Competition Jazz Ensemble took the stage next. This is the top jazz group at St. John's which has participated in numerous national festivals over the years. And while the year prevented a festival trip, the ensemble continued to rehearse each week on Tuesday night's. Tonight's performance featured five songs: "Hot Sauce," an arrangement of the jazz standard "On Green Dolphin Street" which switched from Latin to swing rhythms, then the ballad "The Way We Were" featuring senior Jan Haro on solo trombone. The Ensemble continued with "The Preacer Man," and closed with "Another Zydobeto."
It was a great evening for an outdoor concert, and everyone enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere. The one question which remains is if this is the beginning of a new St. John's tradition?
Video highlights of the performance can be found on our YouTube page.