NEW YORK – UPSTATE NEW YORK BARD COLLEGE MUSIC FINALS. APRIL, 2017.

 

Imagine these Bard students have been working hard, practicing one on one. Practicing day to day. Tutoring at home. Each student has either real passion, luke warm passion, OR no passion. It’s obvious who feels the beat in their feet or body  –  the cool jazz passion – grooving heads.

BARDLEVSPIELBERG
Lev Spielberg on the sax lead the finale.

There was an interruption before the finale (As you can see in the video). Professor Thurman acknowledged passionate sax musician Lev Spielberg to lead his fellow musician-mates. Good choice for finale.

 

Bard students growing and developing their gift, talent, lust of sounds that marry and music is born again and again, and again. Some have the IT and use IT with passion. Others, obviously did not. Wonder if students are getting their money’s worth.

Seasoned, yet growing with softer tempo – music in his heart, student Jay Hepburn was most entertaining in showmanship and talent.  Learned the piano one year ago and has something he’s developing.  Excited to watch him grow, develop his craft and hear him on the radio.

UPSTATE NEW YORK BARD COLLEGE – ENCORE FOR JAY HEPBURN – PROFESSOR UNPLEASED.

Music finals at Bard College. Jay Hepburn stood out and audience wanted an encore, however, drummer left early so this 27 year old Oneonta music graduate and very salt and pepper seasoned, Zachary Zucco helped them when they asked. They were jamming, unfortunately, the vocals were not prepared for an up-beat tempo set by the awesome pianist. guitar followed and good rhythm kept bodies grooving . Much more steady wind needed from the vocals.

Good learning lesson for students. However, PROFESSOR HAD A FIT.

 

 

The Bard College Music Big Band Jazz Ensemble It was a joy watching young musicians perfect their talent.  Truth is music industry is a tough business to get a gig. Ten years from now less than a handful, may be playing in your neck of the woods.

Maybe professors are, too, laxed and loose because the students had no enthusiasm. except a few: ready to go Lev Spielberg got up blowing with ripening steady sounds. He’ll be jamming in the future if he keeps his horn warm.

 

NEW YORK – UPSTATE NEW YORK BARD COLLEGE MUSIC BIG BAND JAZZ ENSEMBLE. APRIL 19, 2017 – COOL
Bard Acknowledgements to guest musicians.

Harvey Kaiser on baritone sax of The Kansas City Sound – One for the bishop is a band of contemporary jazzmen in New York state who love to play music. After listening to their CD it is apparent they love to play. The Kansas City Sound – One for the bishop CD is still playing in my car. 

Another talent attended Kingston High School (didn’t get name) and now studying music at Bard. He will be playing professionally. Just watch and listen how smooooth he is. Cool chops he’s got.

Larry Moses specializes in hitting those high C’s.and in demand – nice.

High schooler (didn’t get name) bass player from Poughkeepsie with a musical family background  – nice. nice. nice..

Studying  double bass Mark Venuto – nice. 

Pros – exciting to watch student concerts and witness their musical studies. Who stands out with their wind, presentation and presence- their instrument.

cons – keep practicing your instrument – don’t give up if it’s your passion.

Vocal instrument advice. Ordinary vocals need great diaphragm breath work. The diaphragm is the most efficient muscle of breathing. A large, dome-shaped muscle located at the base of the lungs.Abdominal muscles aid and move the diaphragm. Gives more power to empty  lungs. This is key.

Lester Young is still cool and smooth. Billy Holiday, heart bleeding, revolutionary chops -inside grey. One of my favs.

Each gig should have a presence to charm each patron. Expected to see the class room set up for the musicians to stand out in black and white apparel to feel what it’s like to be professional.

Someday, hope to dance to a Bard student that makes me get up and want to shake and move.

Bard Music Program

Like jazz Messengers Art Blakeley – jazz university known as, also said

“Jazz  washes away dust of everyday life and. If you’re not tapping your feet or head knoding. we know we’re doing something wrong.”

He worked for the next 45 years. travelled the world spreading his message to students who looked up to him. like:

Hank Mobley

Benny Goldsom

Freddy Hubby

Joan Rahim

Winton Marsalis.

If I’m wrong, let me know.

 

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