The Linfield Jazz Band and Double Vision, Linfield’s vocal jazz ensemble, performed for students, family and the public in Jazz Night on May 11 in Ice Auditorium.
The Jazz Band displayed all the power of a classic big band as it played original compositions and other jazz standards. The band members interacted with each other throughout the performance, encouraging the soloists as they played.
As is custom for jazz, there were many soloists featured, including sophomores Sylvan Tovar on bass and Katelyn Henson on baritone saxophone, freshman Christian Santangelo on drums and junior Timothy Prag on tenor saxophone.
Seniors Chelsea Janzen and Kayla Wilkens sang an Ella Fitzgerald song alongside the jazz band. They stayed true to character with costumes and stage presence.
Each member of the band kept the energy going until the last song. They never missed a single beat and showed their expertise while paying special attention to dynamics and mood.
Steve Kravitz, director of the Jazz Band and adjunct professor of music, honored junior Evan O’Kelly with the most outstanding musician award, as voted by his peers.
Double Vision picked up the energy as it took to the stage. The ensemble kept everyone in the audience moving and tapping along to the music. The singers made the scatting solos seem effortless. Soloists included seniors Jeremy Moll, Jesse Goergen, Logan Freitas and Chelsea Janzen.
The singers fed off of each other’s energies, and they worked well with the bass, drum and piano combo.
Double Vision said farewell to Dana Libonati, adjunct professor of music and director of the jazz ensemble, after 21 years of teaching and directing.
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