On Friday, March 7, 2014, the Chabot community was entertained with a jazz concert that took place at the Reed L. Buffington Performing Arts Center.
This semester’s jazz concert was a great success. Both the jazz ensemble and orchestra played well and delighted the audience with sounds that can be described as both captivating and fulfilling.
The perfectly lit venue was the best choice for this concert. If you have never been inside, it is located near the taco truck and the Little Theater that leads to the parking lot.
Chabot’s jazz program has gained national recognition, playing all over the U.S. and even in Japan. This is due to the highly talented alumni who have played with many famous musicians from around the world. The main focus of the concert was the distinguished guest, Peter Erskine.
Erskine is a multi-Grammy-Award-winning drummer who holds an honorary doctorate from the Berklee College of Music. Erskine has released over 30 albums in which he has played with a variety of extremely talented musicians and groups. Erskine made the trip up to the Bay Area from Los Angeles to play with Chabot’s jazz students, and they did not disappoint.
The jazz orchestra and ensemble played about five to six songs each. All of the songs were executed perfectly, and each solo had me engulfed in emotion. As each horn blazed and each string tugged, I drifted off into a memorizing daze. The sudden blast from the drums as it went from the background to the forefront snapped the songs back into a collaborative piece of musical pleasure.
Of all the songs played, the one that deserves the most praise is a song titled “Scotland Africa,” written by Erskine himself and arranged by Bill Dobbins. It was played well by the jazz ensemble. The song’s goal was to create a sound that emanated a Scottish feeling but kept sounds that originated from Africa. This mixture worked very well, and each musician hit the marks accordingly.
Check out the jazz program at Chabot. Whether you are an aspiring musician or a music enthusiast, I highly recommend you attend one of this school’s musical concerts and familiarize yourself with the wonderful world of performing arts.