This May, the Blair Family Center for the Arts will be transformed into a nightclub with good food and great Jazz music. The jazz program will perform their favorite pieces with collaborations with other students from different music departments. This also includes collaborations with professional musicians.
This Jazz cafe will be a senior night where they perform solos from their capstone projects and will have more time to shine on stage. “I am looking forward to making my last Jazz Café and senior night be memorable for both me and the audience by playing things that I have worked on during my Capstone course as well as some other small group songs.” Sean Hopkins (‘18).
Some songs you may recognize are Giant Steps, Hot 8, and one for my baby. These are some of the many songs that will be played at the Jazz Cafe.
The Jazz cafe has come a long way from a small performance, to a nightclub look-alike. “The Jazz Café has evolved from being a small event to something that many outside of the music department look forward to attending, especially on senior night.” Sean Hopkins (‘18).
The jazz students have prepared all year for this big event. They practice everyday in Band class and at home. “I prepare for the Jazz Café by mostly playing in class as well as practicing outside of class with a private lesson teacher and some practice at home.” Sean Hopkins (‘18).
Each student has their own approach to the night, but one thing that stays consistent is that you better be ready to perform.