April 3, 2019
The School’s Jazz Evening on 28 March treated guests to an evening of improvisation, original compositions as well as some of the great standards in jazz.
The Barbershop Group opened the evening, featuring Run To You and Blue Moon. Second Former, Liam White then gave a beautiful performance of The Spirit of the Saxophone and Sixth Former, India Newland stepped up to the challenge of unexpectedly performing Witchcraft as a solo and not a duet, as originally planned! India delivered a traditional-sounding and beautiful rendition of the song.
Owen Tyley delivered a moving performance of I See Your Face Before Me, followed by the Nat King Cole classic, Unforgettable, warmly performed by Alex Howe. Matt Cox gave a charismatic performance of the Charlie Chaplin classic, Smile, which was followed by the vibrant Sax Ensemble, who performed the upbeat composition The Jazz Police.
Robin Sargeson sang one of Frank Sinatra’s famous hits, Come Fly With Me, which was followed by the delicate tones of Mia Thwaites, who sang Dream a little Dream of Me and guests were then treated to an original composition, A Song by Stratty by Stratty Ryan, Gethin Wynne and Jeremiah Joshua Wallace, which demonstrated the group’s creativity and musicality.
James Tudor performed And So It Goes, a moving song composed by Billy Joel which was followed by the upbeat classic from Van Morrison, Moondance, performed by Rohan Mullholland, Jack Burrell, George Williams and Alex Bartlett-Tisdall, with vocals by Sratty Ryan. India Newland gave a mesmerising rendition of La Vie en Rose, singing with an impeccable French accent and taking the audience back to the 1940’s.
Guests were then transported Beyond the Sea by Matt Kaltsoyannis and Will Brown on vocals, accompanied by Tom Hillman on piano and Alex Howe on drums and Danny McCurley subsequently gave a super performance, complete with Jazz swagger, of the well-known Mr Bojangles. The Jazz Band ended pupils’ performances with a medley which included The Opener, C Jam Blues, and The Average White Band’s catchy – but not-so-easy – Pick Up the Pieces. There was rapturous applause and the standard of musicianship on the night was truly inspiring.
The interval provided a much-needed opportunity to take in all the stunning performances and guests were then treated to a set from Jazz Junction, a renowned professional jazz band. The evening also aimed to raise money for Cancer Research and all profits from the night were donated to this worthwhile cause.