As you walk into the Arcadia Blues Club, a small and intimate venue with the lights dimmed and the walls filled with posters of famous musicians like BB King and Jimi Hendrix, tables are set right in front of the small stage for the audience to sit and watch the performers. As the venue continues to fill at 8 o’clock it is show time, and the PCC All Star Band takes the stage.
Thursday, April 21, the PCC All Star Band and Jazz Singers performed for one night at the Arcadia Blues Club for an end of the semester celebration. The venue was filled with many PCC students, faculty, family and friends to support the band and singers for this fun, unique night of jazz music.
Different student performers took the stage, entertaining the crowd with all of their beautiful renditions of jazz music. Megan Delbarian took her turn on the stage with her long elegant black dress, and performed “Gigolo” and “I Ain’t Got Nobody” with such powerful and soulful vocals.
Delbarian prepared for her mesmerizing performance for a few months throughout the semester with professor Mary Durst, who teaches the Jazz Combo class and was in charge of the event.
“I had Mary Durst as my private instructor,” said Delbarian. “She’s been helping me out with the songs, preparing them, helping me with the charts and how to do them. It’s been a lot of fun.”
The second half of the show, Antonia E. Barton, trumpet player and vocalist opened up with “Moanin’,” a trumpet feature.
Barton has been playing the trumpet for almost 12 years now and has been singing for about five years. Although she has been playing trumpet for a longer amount of time, she has no preference of which is her favorite. “I feel like I’m so dual in both that I have different personalities when I play a certain one,” said Barton. “I love playing both of them and I love doing anything I can with music.”
After Barton, Nuribeth Tardillo took the stage with a song that had a bit of Latin vibe mixed with jazz to it.
“This one has un poquito sabor de Latino, you guys want to dance? Alright!” Tardillo tells the crowd and begins her performance of “Shaker song” as people from the audience started to rise and head to the dance floor.
Later, Vanessa Arias-Herrera took the stage and performed a softer song for the night, named “No More Blues” and dedicated the song to legendary artist, Prince.
The show closed off with a slow tempo song called “Every Time We Say Goodbye” performed by Deborah Kala.
With a full house and amazing performers and music, the hard work that the band and singers did all throughout the semester payed off for this special night at the Arcadia Blues club.
“What we see tonight is the best of them” said Durst. “All semester we work out all of the things that aren’t working and then they get here tonight and they do everything that works, and it’s powerful.”
Although the night was to support the PCC jazz combo band and singers, Barton explains that this night and every performance isn’t about them.
“Performing, it’s not really about you it’s about your audience and giving something to them,” said Barton. “You’re giving everyone something in there. I love that part about it.”