Family and friends gathered for a lovely evening of jazz at Upper Canada College’s Club Bluenote at the Prep School’s Weston Hall on Feb. 7. (Scroll to end for videos.)
The candle-lit hall was packed, and audience members enjoyed coffee and desserts as well as the talent displayed by a range of UCC’s top musicians and singers.
Upper School music head Tony Gomes’ Intermediate Jazz Band opened the show to much applause with “Funk Zone” by Doug Beach and George Shutack, followed by “Tutu” by Marcus Miller, “Some Other Blues” by John Coltrane and “Tango for Jam Jam” by Zachary Smith.
An engaging performance by Upper School music teacher Peter Smith’s Junior Jazz Band included “Stella By Starlight,” “If I Could Fly” and “That’s How We Roll.”
The Upper School and Prep choirs led by Upper School organist and choirmaster Daniel Webb and Prep arts head and Primary Division music teacher Kathryn Edmondson also performed, charming the audience with swinging renditions of the Bill Haley and Elvis Presley hits “Rock Around the Clock” and “Blue Suede Shoes.”
Prep band director and Middle Division music teacher Paul McGarr’s Prep Jazz Band performed “Ocean View,” “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “Some Like it Blues,” featuring solos by Jacob Moore on alto saxophone, Neil Zhou on clarinet, Alan Cui on piano, Alexander Janczewski on tenor sax and Matthew Ho on piano.
The Senior Jazz Band closed the show with “Black Pearls,” “Whisper Not” and “All I Do Is Dream of You.”
Thank you to all of the talented boys of the Prep Jazz Band, the Upper School’s jazz ensembles and the Prep and Upper School choirs, as well as Edmondson, Gomes, McGarr, Smith and Webb, who all worked hard to make a lovely night happen.
Watch Club Bluenote performances below.
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