The velvety sounds of jazz filled the air at UCC’s Club Bluenote on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Weston Hall at the Prep was transformed into a candlelit jazz café, complete with coffee and sweet treats at every table for the audience to enjoy.
Our dedicated and talented boys in the Prep’s Grade 7 jazz band, and the Upper School’s junior, intermediate and senior jazz ensembles performed to a packed house. The intermediate jazz band opened the show with Sonny Rollins’ classic “St. Thomas,” to much applause. The night continued with fabulous music featuring many accomplished soloists, including Rex McArthur on tenor sax and David Zhou on clarinet, both in Grade 7 jazz, Sam Moore on alto sax in junior jazz, Henry Gage on alto sax and Raphael Berz on trumpet in intermediate Jazz, and Brandon Tse on tenor sax in senior jazz.
The Prep choir also performed at Club Bluenote, charming the audience with its swinging renditions of “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” and all-time favourite standard “Blue Suede Shoes.” The senior jazz ensemble closed the show with Earth, Wind and Fire’s “September,” highlighting the vocal talents of Adair Simpson and guest performer Jen Brodie from the Bishop Strachan School.
What a fun night. Jazz on, gentlemen.
A big thank you to our incredible music teachers – Ms. Edmondson, Mr. Gomes, Mr. McGarr, Ms. Scott, and Mr. Smith – for organizing this wonderful evening.
– by Elissa Fingold for the Arts Booster Club