Music broke through the Universe like a flashlight off the night, e.g. Jazz artistry aroused on the edge of XIX-XX centuries in the USA as a synthesis of African and European cultures that soon spread throughout the world. Among major jazz features are improvisation, polyrhythm based on the rhythm of syncope, and a unique complex of performance methods of rhythmical invoice called swing. The further development of jazz intended that musicians and composers have to learn new rhythmic and harmonic models. Thus, the paper makes a review of the three jazz concerts.
The first large show was a concert of Big Band’t Mouvement in Sleepstraat, Gent, Belgium on February, 12 2014. It was a great concert of the famous Belgium band that caught me aback with their refined manner of performing musical pieces from the repertoire of various musicians starting from the swing composers, Duke Ellington and Basie, and finishing with more modern ones, such as Mingus and The Beatles. The concert started at 17h00 and finished at 19h00. The band performed each musical piece masterfully. Everything was alright during the concert except for the facial expressions of musicians, as no one looked high-spirited, perhaps, because of stress and overstrains. It is obvious that musicians had many rehearsals before the concert, as each of them performed their party well. A pianist was excellently playing the main party in each piece sitting in front of the other members of large ensemble of trombonists, violoncellists, etc. I liked listening to the pieces of a noted jazz composer, Duke Ellington, such as “Oclupaca”, “Chico Cuaradino”, “Brasilliance”, “Latin American Sunshine”, and “The Sleeping Lady and the Giant who Watches Over Her”. My favorite piece “Oclupaca” impressed with the skillful usage and instrumentation of strumming, plucking, bowing, and the passionate manner of performing. After Ellington’s pieces the musicians were playing “Yesterday” from the repertoire of “The Beatles” in a relaxing and somewhat ponderous manner. The pieces went in chronological manner and were well-disposed according to the authors. No one was singing, but only playing the musical pieces. However, the concert was marvelous and outstanding on the whole as well.
The other concert I attended was a concert of ORQUESTA Nostalgia ensemble with Giselle Martin on March 4, 2014 at the Willow Theatre of Sugar Sand Park, Florida. The ensembles consists of more than ten musicians, each of whom were rather of older age than younger, and playing its own musical instrument or were singing back-up. The high spot of the program was performance of famous Jazz song of Tita Rodriguez “Mama Guela” with the main solo performing by Giselle Martin and her companion. Despite the age, all of the musicians were looking happy and undisturbed. There was much fun at the concert. The atmosphere of warmth and cool summer breath conveyed the concert-hall. I also liked it when the musicians played one by one, like in a chain, their musical trombones, it was really something. A well-coordinated performance inspired me on playing my old guitar hanging on the wall. I enjoyed listening to the hot rhythms of Cha Cha Cha, foot-tapping Mambo, Bolero, and romantic Merengue… The ticket cost 17 $ and the performance lasted for two hours having begun at 18h00 and coming to an end at 20h00. The songs were not performed in any chronological order, they sounded chaotically arranged. In addition, I enjoyed Tito Puente’s flamboyant melodies such as “Oye Como Va”, “Comme Ci - Comme Ca”, “Grossinger’s Cha Cha Cha”, and “Mambo Bambo” performed by the band. The audience was broking with applause after each song and at the sounding of final tunes.
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And the last concert I attended was the concert of the Merengue performer, Elvis Crespo. The event took place at Zoco Music Hall Event Center in Denver, Colorado on 12th of April 2014. The ticket cost me 14 $, but it was absolutely worth it. I was amazed by watching and listening to this king of Latin rhythms, and witnessing his highly-qualified mastery in public performances. The staging was impressive: all the flaring and glaring of the flashlights were suitable to the overall decoration and arrangement. Elvis started his performance with “Suavamente” song and the public became mad, then he was singing several of his new songs and some well-known epic hits in a “shuffling” order. While singing, he was walking with microphone across the stage in a rather dynamic manner. His active movement mirrored the emotions and sounds of his musical pieces. The presentation engaged me too much as an audience member. I sang back-up with other viewers as well, and broke with applauses every time. Crespo was also talking with the audience, involving them into the singing of his songs. Fans joined the singing of “Tu Sonrisa”, “Sopa de Caracol”, “Pegadito Suavecito”, and “Pintame” with pleasure. Music was performed by DJ Charlytoon. Live sounding of “Los Lunaticos” and “Grupo de Kaoba” invoked the feelings of being in the spotlight of the Universe.
Attending musical concerts is an amusing occupation. I attended three thematic events; two of them were the performances of Afro-American jazz ensembles, and one concert of a solo singer, “Emperor of Merengue”, Cha Cha Cha, and other rhythms of famous Elvis Crespo. All the concerts have its weak and strong sides. However, all the artistry was trying hard to please their public. As I am a proprietor of more modern music and solo singers, the concert of Elvis Crespo was the best solution for me.