I went to my FIRST CONCERT OF 2015 on Wednesday.
Sidenote: I swear I go through withdrawal when I haven’t been to a show in a while.
This was an especially interesting experience because I saw a jazz band for the first time ever: Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at the Lincoln Centre Orchestra.
Having taken music classes all throughout high school, I had actually heard of Wynton Marsalis before (I think he was the answer on an exam. Yes, we had music exams. They were rough – I could never remember years, which counted for a big chunk of my mark).
But we, as a family, started listening to him a couple of years ago when he played a show with Eric Clapton and they released a CD/DVD recording (check it out, it’s wonderful).
And so, when we heard Wynton and the JLCO were coming back to town, we decided to go. AS A FAMILY.
We’ve never gone to a show as a family before (technically we were missing my eldest sister, so it wasn’t a FULL family affair), so that was exciting in itself.
It was also my first time at Massey Hall. The acoustics there are phenomenal. And we had balcony seats (the right gallery, to be exact), which provided an excellent view of the stage.
I don’t know how to “review” a jazz show, since I don’t have any basis of comparison. But it was fun. There were a lot of head-bopping, finger-tapping moments (Ro and I also had to refrain from jazz-hands, because there wasn’t a lot of space in the seating area).
There was a cool moment when they had a special guest come out (Ro and I both hissed “Eric Clapton?!” at the same time, and our dad later admitted to thinking the same thing) – Roberto Carcasses, who, apparently, is a famous Cuban musician. He sang (and scatted!) “Como Fue”:
(Obviously this is not the exact version we heard, but it gives you an idea).
It was an enjoyable evening. Marsalis gave a little introduction before each piece – where it originated from, who composed/arranged it – and he made sure to call out any band member who performed a solo. He also told little anecdotes that, I imagine, jazz enthusiasts everywhere would love to hear (he dropped names like Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, etc), and which were full of dry humour and genuine love for jazz.
Jazz isn’t usually my type of thing, but it was a great experience, and it definitely opened my mind to a new genre.