considering the fact it was the final piece of the program it surprises me that

Considering the fact it was the final piece of the

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considering the fact it was the final piece of the program, it surprises me that the Houston Jazz Orchestra even had the energy to play this song. The fast rhythm of the song and the technical improvisation towards the end of the song is offset by the fact that “Shaw Nuff” does employ a common AABA form in the beginning which does facilitate the actual performance of the song. The harmonies are quite complex and the riffs and chord structure of the song were also complicating. “Shaw Nuff,” like the rest of Dizzy Gillespie’s work, displays mostly improvisation throughout the track leading to no discernable melody besides the same one used in the beginning and end of the track. After the big band finishes playing the main melodic tune of the piece, the improvised solos of the trumpet and piano really shine in their intriguing technicalities on a rhythmic and harmonic level. Jon Faddis absolutely killed his part and the alto saxophonist was also a highlight of the concerts cover. Overall, the Houston Jazz Orchestra gave a wonderful tribute to the contributions of Dizzy Gillespie and the innovations of bebop and Afro-Cuban jazz that he brought to the world of music. Jazz is a genre of music that serves as one of the primary ways I get to bond with my parents, so attending this concert was most certainly a treat. While I always knew Houston Jazz Orchestra brought great performances, I was unfamiliar with the work of Dizzy Gillespie before the concert aside from my knowledge of his contributions to the specific subgenres of jazz that he innovated. Thanks to this concert, I was able to gain a greater appreciation of the technical details of the sounds of jazz and gained further admiration towards the artistery behind the pieces and performances.
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Proof of Attendance Program booklet. All information about the concert, performers, and the background of Jon Faddis came from here and not the internet.
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  • Spring '14
  • AlejandroMontiel

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