Jazz is a music genre that originated in African American communities of New Orleans, United States, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and developed from roots in blues and ragtime.Since the 1920s Jazz Age, jazz has become recognized as a major form of musical expression. It then emerged in the form of independent traditional and popular musical styles, all linked by the common bonds of African American and European American musical parentage with a performance orientation.Jazz is characterized by swing and blue notes, call and response vocals,polyrhythms and improvisation.
Director Mike McHugh has a true skill and passion for Jazz. Jazz scares a lot of musicians but really shouldn't. (One really talented player recently said to me "I jump out of planes and I'm more scared to play Jazz"). I think the unknown in music is a remarkable paradox. We know the notes (there are only twelve after all), we understand rhythm and time and dynamics, yet we feel we sometimes don't know "music" well enough to play jazz or classical or some other style. Trust me, you do - you just need someone to help you stretch that knowledge - Mike is the guy to do it! Take this opportunity to learn and explore.
We are forming this group for the first time and want to hear from you even if you are on the fence. Send us an email or call us and we will be happy to discuss your interest and questions you may have.
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