Linfield College Jazz Band gave a funky performance on Nov.
20, in Ice Auditorium during their annual Jazz Night Concert.
The ensemble was led by Associate Professor of Music, Steve
Kravitz and was a combination of both Linfield students and
members of the McMinnville Community Ensemble.
The night was kicked off by Erik Morales’s ”Feelin’ the
Funk” which featured a strong brass section and an authoritative
bass line. The trumpet section towards the end of the piece used
mutes to transform the brassy sound of the trumpet to a
heightened and higher pitch, creating an interesting blend with
the rest of the ensemble. “Send in the Clowns” composed by
Stephen Sondheim followed the funky number which put the
spotlight on the saxophone section. The number also and featured
soloist Justin Waterhouse on a well-done trombone solo and a
nice tutti featuring the all of the brass section.
“In the Mellow Tone” brought the audience back to a classic
Duke Ellington swing feel. The piece featured the rhythm section
walking an evident blues scale and featured powerful dynamics
from the rest of the ensemble. “Spain” was featured next which
took the audience by storm opening with its strong dynamics and
sultry sound. The piece was especially advanced with a three
against four time, making the ensemble look to the strong rhythm
section to lead them through the piece. The piece also mirrored
a sassy flute played by freshmen Olivia Marqyadt that mirrored
the exotic Spanish feel.
“Slide Ride” provided a fun and corky feel to the
performance featuring the trombone section. Next was Lullaby
in Birdland featuring vocalist senior Gulfem Torunlar and an
impeccable rhythm section. Torunlar’s smooth alto voice in the
ballad captivated the audience with a soft piano solo featuring
senior Max Milander. Torunlar treated the audience again with a
jazz favorite “The Lady is a Tramp” by Tony Bennet. This sassy
number featured yet again the impeccable tone of Torunlar as
well as a strong swing from the rhythm section.
“88 Basie Street” written for the infamous Count Basie
Band, featured a smooth piano solo by Milander. The famous
tune was written to display the talents of the keys player and
Milander delivered, leading the band throughout the piece with
multiple piano solos.
The concert concluded on a strong note with a piece called
“Omaha” by Maynard Ferguson. The piece featured a break to
feature sophomore drummer Jeff Laws and also featured senior
bassist Sylvan Tovar and multiple solos from the sax section.
Overall the concert was a nice treat for the Linfield Campus and
community members alike.
by Camille Weber / Columnist