As the fall weather begins to breeze on campus, the sound of the season doesn’t seem to be coming from the wistful wind or falling leaves. Rather it comes from a blaring trumpet and a playful piano that can be heard during one of the music performances held on the West patio in front of the Center for the Arts building, for the weekly “Noon Concerts.”
Raul Rivera is a second-year music major with an emphasis in jazz performance. He started drumming about five years ago, and has not turned back since. Though he has yet to decide on where to transfer to for his Bachelor of Arts in music, Rivera is sure he wants to spend the rest of his life jamming with his drumsticks.
Grammy nominated CalArts music professor Larry Koonse started and ended his two-day visit at PCC with a full house jazz concert at the Westerbeck Recital Hall, but what happened in between, the intimate interaction between the notorious musician and PCC jazz students, is what left its mark on campus.
A vintage 50s sound forged by guitar, piano, and brass solos could be heard as jazz filled the air during a sunny afternoon, complemented beautifully by an arsenal of solo vocalists performing one after another.
Artistic Director Rachael Worby led the MUSE/IQUE orchestra on Saturday night to perform the final instalment of the Summer of Sound Series at California Institute of Technology.
The calming music and professionalism of the students grabbed the attention of more than a few students.
Amidst the hustle and bustle of midterm week, with sights such as students bolting across the Quad with a Scantron in hand, a small jazz trio eased the tension.
The Jazz Antiqua Dance and Music Ensembleâ€™s performance in Harbeson Hall on Feb. 21 made both jazz dance and jazz music easy to appreciate and inclusive to an otherwise inexperienced listening audience.