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Jazz Cafe gets the audience swinging

Family and friends gathered for a lovely evening of jazz at UCC’s Club Bluenote on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at the Prep. Weston Hall was transformed into a candlelit jazz café, complete with coffee and desserts for the audience to enjoy.

Our dedicated and talented boys in the Grade 7 jazz band and the Upper School’s jazz ensembles performed to a packed house. Ashley Scott’s junior jazz band opened the show with “Love is Here to Stay” to much applause, followed by “Goodbye My Heart” featuring solo performances by Noah Verhoeff on alto sax, Mitchell Sabadini on trumpet and John Lu on piano. Many accomplished soloists performed throughout the evening including Grade 7 boys Jason Gao on alto sax in “Autumn Mist” and Kevin Liu on clarinet in “Valero.” Other notable soloists include drummer Kurt Karul and tenor sax player Phillip Kong from intermediate jazz, as well as senior boys Kal Shaw on alto sax and Josh Neufeldt on piano.

The Prep choir also performed at Club Bluenote, charming the audience with its swinging renditions of “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and all-time favourite “Blue Suede Shoes.” The senior jazz ensemble closed the show with Bob Washut’s “Ciudad De Oro,” highlighting the musical talents of Jayson Dale on piano and JC Chung on tenor saxophone.

Many thanks go out to our incredible music teachers Peter McGarr, Kathryn Edmondson, Tony Gomes, Peter Smith and Ashley Scott for organizing this wonderful and fun evening.

-Arts Booster Club