By Jo Mathis, AAPS District News Editor
Community High School’s annual Jazz Blowout at The Ark on Monday, May 22 will offer guests the chance to hear the award-winning jazz band “Tempus Fugit” as well as all the talented CHS jazz students.
Wagner said the award highlights just how talented and hard-working these musicians are.
“They are an extremely passionate group, which is partly why I am so happy for them,” Wagner said.
This year’s top CHS group Cold Tone Dreamery would love to keep the streak alive and make a run at it for the 2018 contest, Wagner said.
“They’ve got the goods, but something so big can never be counted on,” Wagner said. “Competition in the arts has certain peculiar qualities. There is always a lot of subjectivity to judging, yet high skill needs to be evident to have a chance. And of course, any recording made in live situations for the contest submissions must go well. Music that is made up of as much improvisation as ours can result in all kinds of varieties of moods, qualities, etc., from day-to-day or moment-to-moment. So competing is fickle stuff, and it’s not really what music making is all about. But we’ll take it!”
Guitarist Danny Freiband, a junior at CHS, is the only member of both combos. All the other Tempus Fugit players are off at college (the award is for submitted recordings made in the previous calendar year) and are studying music at either The New England Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, or the University of Michigan.
6 p.m. Concert 1
Cold Tone Dreamery
7:45 p.m. Concert 2
Noize R Us
Five Guys Burners in Ties
Noodlers and Company
- Tickets are $5 and will get a ticket-holder into either or both of the 6 and 7:45 PM shows.
- Tickets will be available in the CHS main office from 7:30 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. until Monday, May 22 at noon.
- Tickets will be sold at the door at The Ark on the evening of our show only beginning at 5:30 when the doors open. Children 5 and under get in free.
- It is all part of the 40th Annual International Downbeat Magazi
ne Student Music Awards contest. Downbeat Magazine, fi rst published in 1934, has a global readership. It features articles on performers, reviews of albums, annual critics’ and readers’ polls, listings of international jazz festivals and camps.
CHS Assistant Dean Karen Siegel is a big fan of the annual Jazz Blowout.
“It’s great to see the span of the curriculum,” she said. “You get to see the Jazz 1, 2, 3, 4 combos. It is amazing to see where students begin and where they might end.”