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Emily, Alex, and WeilinWorld MusicProf. SaloisJazz on U StreetPerformance InformationAlex:Sarah Hughes and The Guests at Twins Jazz, on March 4th, 2018Performance type: ConcertPerformance length → 3.5 hoursAdmission price → $24Emily: The Greater U Street Jazz Collective at Twins JazzPerformance type: ConcertPerformance length → 1.5 hoursAdmission price → $15Weilin: Alice’s Jazz and cultural societyPerformance type: ConcertPerformance length → 3 hoursAdmission price→ $10IntroductionWith over 118 years of history, jazz is central to the foundations of the sound of America.Its performances are rhythmic, energetic, often conveying emotion and skill, from instrumentsand singers alike.Duke Ellington, Shirley Horn, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davisand countless other jazz greats all performed on U Street, helping the music flourish there and inthe surrounding neighborhood from the 1920s through the early 1960s, being dubbed as the
“Black Broadway” in its earliest days. However with the rise of political riots from the 60s on, tothe general cultural shift of U Street, jazz has fizzled, and the U Street landscaped has changedover time. Though the analysis of three diverse performances, it is imperative to speak to thepower of the soloist and the group, and in turn what that accomplishes, the interactions betweenboth the musicians as well as the audience members, and the timbre of the instrumentation. All ofthese aspects make jazz performances special, and each performance experience displayed thesecharacteristics, ultimately finding many similarities and differences.The Power of the Soloists and the GroupJazz music perfectly encapsulates the American ideal of collaboration mixed withindividuality, and its history is really the history of the country. Born from the music of African-American slaves, it intertwines with so many different facets of modern American life – movies,dance, art, literature, and of course, race.There was a common theme between each performance attended. There are manymasculine ethos that underlies jazz. Its emphasis on the solo and improvisation requires aperformer to embrace risk, and adds an element of bravado to the music. While jazz iscollaborative, it is imbued with a competitive spirit as well. The musicians often tried to one-upeach other in virtuosity, and consistently worked to move the music in new directions. Two ofour performances were larger groups, and relied heavily on each other to foster the group sound.Each performance however varied in highlighting different musicians. For example, in Emily’sperformance, there was a balance of pieces played that was solist heavy, while others were morecollaborative in nature. To best explain the soloist phenomenon, it was something like a roundtable discussion. The musicians “talked” as a group, then moved to have their own individual“speaking time”. This opportunity for a solo was the chance to allow them show their flair,their

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