All that jazz

Musical Delight

All that jazz

Saxony Youth Jazz Orchestra giving a performance.

Bangalore’s music lovers were treated to an evening of sheer delight with the young dynamic troupe from Germany bringing the audience to its feet with repeated entreaties of Encore Encore!

 The jazz musicians from the German state of Saxony, all of them between the ages of 16 and 26 offered the audience a little bit of everything ranging from traditional jazz and swing with a bit of modern drive and groove. Under the skillful guidance of  the conductor/ maestro Rolf von Nordenskjold, the lively group took the rivetted audience on a musical adventure playing  pieces from the late 40s from the likes of Cecil Evans to a beautifully improvised version of Jai Ho! and lots more. The talented group of young artists play under the banner of  the Saxon Musical Council, which founded the Saxony Youth Jazz Orchestra in 1993. Their members (mostly students) are as varied as their repertoire coming from all over Saxony, and winners of youth jazz competitions.

The two-hour programme started with the music of the Cecil Evans from the 40s, moved on to Terry Gibbs, the well-known American Jazz band leader from the 50s before rocking the house with contemporary music with an eclectic collection of numbers.

Freddie Howard's funky style to Tina Turner's popular hit  I cant stand the rain, a song written and originally recorded by Ann Peebles. The group proved that big band sound can work and sound superb with rock as easily as they can with swing.

Moving into more mellow space, they played a couple of lovely old European folk songs, notably Greensleeves an English classic, two German folk songs — Hordi was Kommit von dvarssen (a sweet love song), Dunkle Wolken (Dark clouds), a more ominous sounding piece and a children's favourite from the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel.

With a standing ovation and cries of an encore the troupe came back to perform Glen Miller's In the mood and Sweet Georgia Brown, an old jazz/pop favourite known by many as the theme song of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team.

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