Saturday, February 10, 2007

Drum 'n' Bass

Wednesday, February 07, 2007
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The joint Junior Recital of USF Jazz Studies juniors Alejandro Arenas and Mark Feinman presented attendees with a well-conceived showcase for drums and double bass. A considerable crowd turned out to hear this duo, accompanied by jazz piano student John O'Leary and recent Graduate Studies graduate Rich Van Voorst on tenor sax.

The program opened with Charles Mingus' Hatian Fight Song. After stating the theme, Van Voorst and O'Leary each took a turn soloing, followed by traded choruses between Arenas and Feinman. Someday My Prince Will Come followed, with excellent solos by Arenas and VanVoorst, followed by a re-statement of the head and Feinman's solo.

Feinman_Arenas Recital 02.07.07 015Next was a transcription of performing Oscar Pettiford's Tricotism, replete with moving double-stops and sinewy double-time passages. I have heard Alejandro play this piece several times before and he plays it with more confidence and conviction every time.

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The next several tunes were performed by the rhythm section only. Bud Powell's burning Tempus Fugit (with which, I am embarrased to say, I was not familiar until this evening) was followed by John Patitucci's arrangement of Santamaria's Afro Blue. This Arenas/Feinman duo was an excellent showcase for Feinman's afro-cuban chops. The next tune was an Arenas original, We'll See, which he dedicated to his parents. Hearing this made me wish I was able to take Dave Stamps' Jazz Comp classes. Ray Brown's arrangement (sense a pattern here?) of Ellington & Tizol's Caravan provided the penultimate work of the evening. This arrangement required Arenas to perform the A sections of the head arco and perform an uncomfortably fast switch to pizz. for the B section. O'Leary and Feinman soloed on this tune.

Feinman_Arenas Recital 02.07.07 025The closer, Van Voorst's Ray's Blues, was a funky romp that brought Van Voorst back on stage and moved O'leary to the Fender Rhodes. This exhuberant tune provided one of the biggest surprises of the evening when a false ending led into Black Sabbath's Iron Man!

In all, an excellent evening and one of the most creative instrumental recital programs I've had the pleasure to enjoy.
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Thursday, February 1, 2007

Upcoming Events at USF Jazz

During the month of February, USF will be host to some of the top names in jazz performance and education by way of concerts and masterclasses. If you get a chance, come see the following:

February 10-12|Bob Mintzer and Russ Ferrante
Bob Mintzer and Russ Ferrante will be at USF to participate in the Center for Jazz Composition's Jazz Masterworks Series. The name of the concert is Old School|New Lessons, which also happens to be the title of Mintzer's most recent recording. Mintzer and Ferrante will join Chuck Owen and The Jazz Surge for two concerts:
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Palladium Theater 7:30 pm

Monday, February 12, 2007
Tampa Theatre 8:00 pm

There will also be masterclasses at USF:
Russ Ferrante
Monday, February 12, 2007
11:00 am

Bob Mintzer
Monday, February 12, 2007
1:00 pm

February 26|Ben Jaffe
Ben is the son of Allan and Sandra Jaffe, co-founders of Preservation Hall. He will be performing as a part of the USF Monday Night Jazz Series.

Ben Jaffe|Monday Night Jazz
Monday, February 26, 2007
USF Theater II 8:00 pm

Mr. Jaffe will be giving a masterclass as well.

Ben Jaffe Masterclass
Monday, February 26, 2007
1:00 pm

For additional information, call (813) 974-2311.