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...had to cancel due to health issues. The concert I attended was downtown, and I live downtown so the drive wasn’t far at all. I used Hilbert’s valet service that cost me $15 but I was worth it that way I wouldn’t have to waste any time looking for parking. Once I got into the building there was a little room located to the right between two sets of doors, I picked up my tickets there and entered the main lobby, there was a lot of people there, I noticed that most people were with larger groups, so I felt a little out of place because I was standing alone. I walked around and looked at the different tables that were set up with informational brochures. Once they opened the doors to the stage area the concert that was being held before, the Children’s Symphony, was released and we could go in and take our seats. As soon as I entered the area I was astonished, it was beautiful. Once I sat down I waited about 5 minutes then the concert began. I heard cymbals, tubas, French horns, trombones, bassoons, violas, cellos, violins, bass drums, timpani, violins, and many others. This whole concert was SCARY! My heart was racing almost the entire time. I don’t think I could have chosen a better concert to go to! I really enjoyed the cadenzas in the second movement. It was a nice break from the intensity of the rest of the music. I have never attended a concert so this will be my determining factor for how I judge other concerts and it defiantly set the bar......

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Concert Review

...A Concert Review Angela Champ, AA Jazz/Pop History Music 2217, Chicago State University Felton Offard, Intstructor Chicago, Illinois 04/08/2014 It was a cold winter evening in the Bible Belt of Atlanta, Georgia. It was the perfect evening for cuddling as thousands scurried into the Atlanta Civic Center on 395 Piedmont Avenue N.e. on February 15th, 2014 to escape the unusual cold in this part of the country. The ultimate concert lineup…Eric Benet, Mc Lightfoot, El DeBarge and Kem made for the perfect Valentine’s weekend celebration for me and my fiancée Steve. He flew me in to celebrate our very first of many holidays together. We sat in the in the balcony however the view was great as we were able to see all of the performers. However for time sake, I will give a review of Adekemi Owens, known professionally and affectionately to music fans as "Kem”. He is a self-taught musician, R&B/soul singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. Kem talks briefly about his stint with drug abuse and homelessness. After finishing high school, Kem left home when he was 19 and wound up struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. He was homeless for a period of time and bounced around from place to place. He ended up at a downtown Detroit shelter but things got worse and he was eventually sleeping outside on the streets. However, after being tired of going nowhere in life, he decided to make a chamge. He wrote, produced, and financed his self-released debut album...

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Jazz Concert Review

...colorful. I have always enjoyed listening to sounds which calm me down and maintain positive emotions. Although jazz music has never been my biggest interest, after I started learning about it in class I began to wonder about phenomena of Jazz. Surprisingly I found out it made me bobbin my head and feel warm inside. The performance I attended was at B.B King Blues Club and Grill located on near Times Square. This neighborhood means you will be battling with pretty big crowd but the place was generally pleasant and accommodating. The band played in a style of Ornette Coleman, known as one of the major innovators of the free jazz movement of the 1960’s. The band consisted four saxophones (2 altos, 1 tenor, 1 baritone) two trombones, three trumpets and instruments for setting rhythm. It was beautiful to see it life, all together, performing so professionally. The pieces were easy to listen to which was unexpected to me. The two songs that caught my attention were “Lonely woman” from 1959 and “Dancing in your head” from 1988. In the song “Lonely woman” I noticed many improvisations and solos. The beginning of the song reminded me of Brass Band’s funeral march from New Olean’s style. On the other hand, in the song “Dancing in your head” I noticed that instruments were not playing together, but they were improvising. I believe this style might be called ‘cool jazz’, which we were introduce to on our last class. In both songs, there were more improvisations than composed......

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Jazz is a musical style that began in African American communities in the southern United States around the beginning of the twentieth century. It was a new style of music that brought together music traditions from West Africa and Europe. Some of its West African musical influences give jazz its unique sound. Jazz has many different elements, which are improvisations, swinging, using blue notes, and combining different rhythms. I attended The Bill and Helen Murray Jazz Residency Program featured Ellery Eskelin on the Saxophone with Susan Acorn on the pedal steel guitar and Michael Formanek on the acoustic bass and The Towson University Jazz Faculty Ensemble Featuring Dave Balloy on the trumpet, flugelhorn, and piccolo trumpet, Jim Mc falls on the trombone and baritone, Tim Murphy on the piano, Jeff Reed on the bass and last but not least, Frank Russo on the drums and cymbals.

At each concert about four songs were performed. The musical elements in both performances that classify the music I heard as jazz were the swing rhythms and improvisations. The Jazz Residency Program was based on improvisations. Each player at this concert; had the ability to instantaneously compose, revise and perform their parts amazingly. As Ellery played the Sax, Susan and Michael played their instrument spontaneously creating fresh melodies.

At the Jazz Faculty ensemble, the musicians played songs that were previously written. Their musical styles were mostly bebop and swing with lots of call and respond. Jim Mc falls would play his trombone and all group members would follow after him. The song “Moodly” sounded like bebop, because there were a lot of bass drum bombs and tonal clashes. “Marsch der freien Sound Fur Funf Instrumente” was also a bebop song that was played with extended harmonies and tonal clashes.

Some of the non-traditional jazz elements that I heard were played at both of the Jazz Concerts. Susan Acorn played the pedal steel guitar, which I found to be a non-traditional element. The sound was completely different from what I had ever heard before. At the Jazz Faculty Ensemble, Dave Ballou played the Piccolo Trumpet for the last piece “Conversion”. The high-pitched sound made the song slur and blend with soft melodies.

Listening to each concert, gave me two totally different experiences. The Jazz Residency concert was all improvisations, so it didn’t remind me of any of the music I had heard before. The Jazz Faculty ensemble was a reminder of music styles like Art Tatum, John Coltrane, and Duke Ellington. When they played Hamster in a bucket it’s reminded me of “In a Mellotone” by Duke Ellinton. Then Dave Ballou played the trumpet in the song “Cry Baby” like Miles Davis played the trumpet in the song “So What”.

In conclusion, the quality of both performances was outstanding. Each performance was completely different and that’s what I loved. The jazz residency program was completely improvised, leaving me opened and surprised at every note each player chose to play. The Jazz Faculty Ensemble’s songs had a distinctive vibe. They made the sounds of their music come together and I felt the rhythm. I would defiantly pay to see each performance again. I left the concerts smiling, because I felt as if I knew exactly what they were trying to accomplish with their music. The two ensembles I attended featured some of the most talented musicians I ever heard performing at Towson University.

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