Inthe occasion that jazz performers come together for a reason theybelieve in, unique things follow. On the 25 April 2016, with proceedsbenefiting “save KPLU”, Northwest Jazz Musicians did just that onthe stage at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley for an unforgettableperformance of music. It would be difficult to perceive livingwithout KPLU’s distinct label of music. They have been generatingprize-winning music in the Northwest for a long time, and they haveexcelled in local ties to the music scene.
Theevening was emceed by KPLU evening jazz host Abe Benson. Other airhosts such as Dick Stein and Robin Lloyd were present. The performingartists were Gail Pettis who got recognized as the Northwest vocalistof the year in 2010 Anto Schwartz, a passionate but improvisedmusician Lance Buller from cruise ships Greta Matassa ThomasMarriot Dave Peck and Pearl Django. Recognizable on the piano wasBill Anschell, Phill Sparks well renowned for his expertise with thebrass and last but not least the greatest durmast of all MattJorgensen. The audience anticipated a good performance.
PearlDjango was the curtain raisers. Their performance set the tempo forthe whole event. They were popular with the initial and handy stringwork, rhythm guitar and an unmistakable swing. They began with thebrass instruments that came in with a slow melody. Then there was afugue-like entrance. The string instruments plucked slowly in unison.The pace became fast, and one type of device was followed by anotherplaying all at once. The combination of instruments made the musicmore intense. I was drawn away and even found myself stamping my feetand nodding my head. As the music continued, it became more and moredramatic. The climax was marked by the dominance of the violin. Itmade all the perfect combination of melody and harmony. Everyinstrument went by the rhythm, and this brought the crowd to theirfeet. As their show came to an end, the trumpets were dominant in themusic while in the background were the cymbals and the drums. Thestring instrument dominated while the brass instruments playing inthe background marked the end of their performance. They were greatlyapplauded for their exemplary performance.
Itwas a wild experience with flowing current of melody and rhythm. Several other performances were done by other artists who left theaudience screaming for more. Thomas Marriott graced the show with thefinal performance. His performance was simply a masterpiece. He wasvery exciting as he was a skilled instrumentalist, composer, andproducer. He started with the trumpet sounding like the morning callwhen you are in the army. With a flowing melody, the violinsdominated while the cellos reinforced forming a carnival-like musicsound. It was his fugue-like entrance that made the audience go wild,but he took control of the situation with his musical voice in aquiet and composed tone. His song was familiar, and everybody sangand clapped along. The climax was marked by the blowing of trumpets,cymbals and the strings playing harmoniously.
Theshow was full of life, and all audience did nothing more thanwatching and applauding. It was well organized and the sequences ofperformances well arranged. The performers were ready to deliver, andthey satisfied the audience.
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