Concert Report 1 - Alex Yang 12 Feb 2012 Adam Goodwin Music...

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Alex Yang 12 Feb 2012 Adam Goodwin Music 127a Concert Report #1 On the night of February 7 th 2012, Kamau Kenyatta and his jazz quartet played a gig in The Loft at UCSD. The Loft can be described as a bar with a bustling, informal atmosphere; the perfect place for a small group of jazz musicians to play a few tunes in a casual setting. The venue was mostly dark with a small lighted stage, where Kamau was standing with the three other members of his quartet. When me and a couple of friends arrived, the Loft was much more crowded than we had anticipated. Luckily, there were a couple of unoccupied seats located near the front of the stage. We quickly sat down and observed what was happening on-stage, where the musicians were tuning their instruments. The quartet consisted of a soprano saxophone ( Kamau himself), keyboard, bass, and drum set. Kamau introduced each member of his quartet to the audience, spoke a few words, and the concert began. The first number was a quick, up-tempo tune, John Coltrane’s “Song of the Underground Railroad.” Before the bass(Rob Thorsen) launched into a lengthy solo to start the piece, Kamau spoke a little bit about the historical implications of the song. The piece was composed in a time when slaves were escaping via the Underground Railroad, a secret network that could lead African-Americans to their freedom.
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