I have always loved the idea of attending a live concert because of all the stories I have heard about it. When I heard that a jazz concert was going to take place at my college, I started looking to it and preparing myself to have a great time. According to the program, the concert was to begin at 7 p.m. in the evening and run for 1hour 30 minutes. On that particular evening, which was on Friday 24th of February, I decided to go into the college’s main hall early enough. By around 6 p.m., I was seated and ready to have a night of my lifetime. I was surprised to find out that almost everything was already set with all the instruments on the stage. The reason for attending the concert early was to sit in front where I could have a nice view of everything that was happening on stage and also get to see the musicians face-to-face because they were among my favorites. According to the program, everyone who had booked a ticket to attend the concert was expected to arrive fifteen minutes before 7 p.m., and, surprisingly, by 6.50 p.m., the hall was packed.
The concert began with a bang, and as the musicians graced us with their presence, everyone decided to stand up and cheer for them. This showed me that everyone in the hall was passionate about this night and was looking forward to it. After a few minutes, the lights were turned dim on the audience side while the stage had a variety of lighting that changed every second. Tim Carter was the first musician to sing the song titled “Totally” and brought out some live spirit, which I have never thought existed in a live concert. The energy of the audience when the song was being played was awesome. One thing I loved about it is the fact that it brought out the jazz spirit, especially the piano and the saxophonists whose tunes while playing rhymed perfectly with the song. There was some audience who could not hold it because they stood to dance to the tune while others like me were left clapping and nodding our heads.
The next song to be played was titled “Tourist in Paradise”, which is more of an old classical song. The musician was Kelly Henderson with another featured saxophonist of the night, James Karl. This song was not only electrifying but captivating, especially the lyrics, which were so warm and fresh as though it was produced in the 21st century. I loved this performance very much since it brought so much sizzling vibe on me, something which I was looking for when attending the concert. At the same time, I noticed that the sound of this song perfectly matched the piano, which showed me how much talented the pianist was, especially when it comes to creative performance.
Greg Hanson was the next to appear on stage and performed the song titled “Ancient Memories”. Though the song sounded more traditional while it was played, this piece brought out a lot of my past experiences, especially while I was in the village visiting my grandparents. The song had dissonant tones with the cool harmony, which was then accompanied by a piano. I had to clap when the texture was changed, especially between the piano and the saxophone because it was done in a very professional manner. This brightened the melody while at the same time gave me some cooling and relaxing feeling with every change of the tempo.
The climax of the concert was when the song “Fly Me to the Moon” was being played. This was more of a romantic song, and it was evident among the lovers who were in the concert. The sound and style of this song were extra unique, something that I doubt exists today in music concerts. The singer who was known as Carren Kim used the aspects of storytelling and dialogue to connect with the audience (Carr 62). Her beauty on stage added value to the performance as she moved all over allowing the audience to sing back the lyrics. I was not only admiring her but also fell in love with this particular song.
The last performance was more like a symbolism since it was titled “Leaving” and performed by an artist known as Manuel Clifford. I have always loved this musician and never got a chance to meet him. I was always captivated by his voice and the way in which he played the saxophone. It was a pleasure meeting him and seeing him perform in this concert. This particular performance was intense, and it was the best way to end the show. Almost everyone stood up and joined the musicians at the stage as they clapped and danced to the tune.
Overall, this particular concert turned out better than I had anticipated. It gave me many ideas regarding live performance that I never had before, and I am hoping to attend more concerts in future to enjoy the same feeling I had that night. In the end, I not only appreciated the music but also the hidden talent in most of the artists in our nation though some are not known by many people. This concert was an exhibition of talent and spontaneity in artists while at the same time entertaining giving the entire audience the feeling that they were seeking while attending it.
Carr, Ian. Music Outside: Contemporary Jazz in Britain. London: Northway, 2012.