Jazz Concert Review Essay

Good Essays
For the Jazz Concert that I attended I saw the Nico Lembo Trio perform at Venkman’s in the Historic Fourth Ward of Atlanta. The Trio, consisting of drums, trombone, and electronic keyboard, had a sound that was heavily inspired by the “Cool Style” of Jazz in the early 1950’s with some hints of John Coltrane inspired Free Jazz elements. Throughout most of the performance the Trio played traditional instrumental jazz including classic songs by artists such as Miles Davis along with some original pieces by Nico himself. Although mostly instrumental the band brought a vocalist on stage for a select number of songs.
The instrumentation of the band was similar to that of most “Cool Jazz” bands with the modern addition of the electronic keyboard and a slightly more “Hard Bop” inspired focus on the drums. The steady tempo of the drums and keyboard set the stage for some interesting improvisation from the trombonist, who used some muting and the microphone as sound altering elements creating a unique sound on many of the pieces he performed, including the classic “Happy
…show more content…
Taking this class has given me a new appreciation for jazz, especially the “Cool Jazz’ style, such as I heard during the concert, as I now have the ability to openly identify the distinct differences between genres of jazz. During this class was the first time I purposefully listened to any kind of jazz music and it made me realize that I will be continuing to listen to jazz, in some form, throughout the remainder of my life. In the future I hope to further expand my musical knowledge of other genres to be able to better appreciate them just as I have done with Jazz. I hope to enjoy and gain as much from my other classes at Georgia Tech as I did “The History of

Related Documents

  • Decent Essays

    “Through his clear, warm sound, unbelievable sense of swing, perfect grasp of harmony, and supremely intelligent and melodic improvisations, he taught us all to play jazz” (“History of Jazz”). In this quote, Wynton Marsalis was talking about Louis Armstrong. Jazz music has impacted the world and cultures, it shares in so many ways. Modern jazz has continued in this tradition, singing the songs of a more complicated urban existence. Now, jazz is exported to the world.…

    • 1353 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    The group, with an awesome name, mixes jazz with the rock and roll and r&b genres. In their song Shofukan you can hear the jazz influence, but when it is mixed with the more upbeat rock genre, it really gives it character. There is even a midpoint in the song where there is some vocal notes sung as well as some electrical genre influence. Some of the instruments used are guitars, drums, and even an orchestra. The piece has consonance, meaning that it is very easy to follow and sounds appeasing.…

    • 995 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Louis was famous for playing the trumpet and singing from the 1920s until the end of the 1950s. Armstrong was also from New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1925 he recorded songs with his bands Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five and Louis Armstrong’s Hot Seven. He composed with many other famous Traditional jazz style artists such as Kid Ory and Johnny St. Cyr. Armstrong invented great solos and transformed dull tunes to exciting new melodies by slightly changing the pitch and rhythm of the piece.…

    • 1027 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Not only did the upbeat sound of brass instruments in harmony put a smile on the faces of millions of people, but the technical aspects of the genre also helped to define it. One quality of jazz that made it stand out is syncopation. Syncopation adds emphasis and accents in surprising places in the music. Syncopation is something that is felt by both the musician and the listener. Another quality of jazz that made it different than any other genre of music is improvisation.…

    • 1221 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    In “A Night in Tunisia” I could pick up on the “different rhythms sound[ing] simultaneously” and because of the combining of instruments with dissimilar timbers, I could recognize the different instrument groups. The textbook also states the jazz composers “expect interpreters of their works to include improvisation in each performance” (Ferris & Worster, 2014). When I saw Dizzy Gillespie’s name on the program I was expecting classic jazz, but “A Night in Tunisia” was played using a beat that combined Latin and Swing. I wonder if the beat used was written in by Gillespie or improvised. The instruments played in “A Night in Tunisia” by Dizzy Gillespie were electric keyboard, electric guitar, electric double bass and drums.…

    • 1222 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    The heterophonic texture usually was used to show off a particular musician. He would play a lot more fancy with more notes and greater intensity. The other musicians would either drop out or play in the background. Because it was a jazz concert, there was a lot of syncopation. The musicians would follow the sheets but with a different touch.…

    • 1273 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Jazz Music Research Paper

    • 1350 Words
    • 6 Pages

    A big part of the development of jazz came from a lot of people who went to many bars and warehouses. What had made jazz be seen as a different perspective of its own traditional music was its own act of improvising. The first of the jazz bands contained pieces of different instruments to make a unique sound. Some of those instruments include, drums, banjos, string bass, and even guitars. A lot of the song…

    • 1350 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    For my jazz performance event, I had the opportunity to attend the Club Heritage Faculty Showcase. This showcase was a part of the jazz series. The group that performed was called Jeremy Long Quartet. At the concert, Jeremy Long Quartet preformed some Jazz classics as well as some original songs. The concert showcase was on Tuesday, October 2016 at 7:30pm Shriver Center, Heritage Room.…

    • 913 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    The music and lyrics fit together very nicely. Ray Charles is a genius by combine jazz, gospel and blues elements to create this recording. Ray Charles used a call and response structure for this recording which allows after lyrical phrase the instruments response by place a certain upbeat notes. Ray Charles used this methods after every two measure and during the measures the band will play chord, which follow a certain scheme that fit the jazz/blues. Ray Charles stops this for some time and then he uses another scheme which he sings one part and the band has resets and then play two different chords that are complementary, this is a key feature in blues/soul music.…

    • 1200 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    African Influence On Jazz

    • 1376 Words
    • 6 Pages

    The most recent form is probably called a modern jazz, it is similar to a slow dance, but has a triplet feel mixed into a straight feel and the vocals are similar to a rap. One example of this is called “Seven Years” by Lucas Graham. Jazz will never stop changing; even though jazz was “invented” in the nineteenth century, it will always be a popular genre. When marching bands were popular in America, black musicians began to jazz up the marches, adding syncopated rhythms, 'bending ' notes and improvising on the melodies. These bands later turned into jazz bands when they removed marching.…

    • 1376 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays