Brighten It Up – The Holiday Season – Just A Little | Community
By Tim Smith
The @Home edition
“… and in all the arts, it is training which brings art to perfection. (M. Twain)
I had a lot of fun earlier this week at my Rotary meeting – but first, a little bit ahead of the information.
During the latter part of the year, I began to broaden my musical horizons by benefiting from the work of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (LCJO), under the direction of Wynton Marsalis.
Where to start, especially when you relish the opportunity to hear the best musicians of the genre bring original and experimental masterpieces to a global audience. Yes, they even reach Texas.
All kidding aside, we are fortunate to have these streaming services.
Everything revolves around music, even the Wikipedia site offers very little superfluous information:
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is an American big band and jazz orchestra conducted by Wynton Marsalis. . . “In 1988, the Orchestra was formed as an extension of its concert series, Classical Jazz, under the direction of David Berger. When Wynton Marsalis became artistic director in 1991, he emphasized the history of jazz, especially Duke Ellington. The first album was Portraits by Ellington (1992), and seven years later Ellington’s centenary was honored with the album Live in Swing City: Swingin ‘with the Duke (1999). Under Marsalis’s direction, the group performed at his home at Lincoln Center, toured the United States and abroad, visited schools, appeared on television, and performed with symphony orchestras. The orchestra supported Wynton Marsalis on his Pulitzer Prize winning album Blood on the Fields.
Back to Music: I invite you to log on to YouTube and let this music begin. I particularly like three of the LCJO concerts, and to start, or to refresh yourself, check them out:
The music of Miles Davis / Untamed Elegance, and top of my list: Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra at the BBC Proms – 2004. There are a few solo spots in the latter that will stop you in your tracks, no pun intended. . I savor every note as I type it for you.
An interesting feature of the YouTube service is that you can enjoy unique acts and get a glimpse of different instruments and the artists who bring them to life. You will have a great time.
Back to that Rotary lunch.
After carrying out our normal activities over lunch, we moved to the cinema / concert hall next door, in fact in the same building, where we were taken on a ‘plus’ holiday excursion into the world of jazz. by musicians from a local high school.
There was excellence on so many levels here; of mastery of the instruments, of “oneness” with the orchestrations, and they played for the entire 30 minutes allotted to them.
This respect for time is one of the main indicators that they have been well trained. And it just got better. It is more than obvious that they are treated like professionals and that they have lived up to these expectations. At the end of the day, you have art, not just a school “homework”.
What made this event more rewarding was the fact, and we learned from the director of the group, that in the structure of a jazz work there will be improvisation – expected and desired.
In fact, the musician who kisses a solo will, by and large, compose while he plays, then, and here is the art, has to find his way back so that the others can jump without losing the overall tempo, the texture – and most important, the spirit of work.
Not bad for a lunchtime holiday event.
So proud of today’s youth, they just aren’t getting the credit they not only deserve, but have earned. Continue to support those you meet as they grow in their craft, and maybe one day you’ll see them in London sitting with those setting the bar before them.
Postscript: It was fun to hear what some of the graduates will be taking over the coming year, and only a few were going to continue their music studies. One can only imagine what others will bring to the tables – creatively. Hence the power of music education.
A colleague works at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the Southern Methodist University (SMU) campus, and at a recent rally he had the honor of meeting and shaking hands with the former president. . When he retired, my friend – a dedicated teacher – taught American history.
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Remember there is always an opening night.
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