16 Apr And All that Jazz: Smooth Sounds Fill Parker Hall for Annual Jazz Jam
Parker Hall was transformed into an atmospheric candlelit club for the annual Jazz Jam on Saturday, as the audience was entertained to almost three hours of the smooth and sultry sounds of three jazz combos, the Woodstock Big Band and an acapella singing group.
Mocktails and snacks were served up for the audience who felt they were in a downtown jazz bar, such was the cosy ambiance and high quality of the music on offer.
Highlights of the evening included Jazz Combo 3 performing a cover of Black Magic Woman by Carlos Santana, with staff member Pete Wildman on vocals and guitar.
Jazz Combo 2’s rendition of Earth, Wind & Fire’s September, with vocals by Maya Kimura Watts and Sang Hyeon Cho, had the crowd up from their seats dancing.
They were followed by Jazz Combo 1 performing a range of jazz classics such as numbers by Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis, while drummer Sohail Das’ fantastic drum solo was a sight to behold.
Woodstock acapella group The Accidentals performed eight songs including Stand By Me and It’s Alright With Me, with Rishi Thomas and Ashima Rangi singing solos.
The night was concluded with the Woodstock Big Band playing more jazz favourites, with the highlight a performance of And All That Jazz by student Deborah Nazareth and teacher Melanie Reichwald.
Science teacher Mark Windsor really enjoyed the event. He said: “I was blown away by the talent that these kids have! Well done to you all and all the supporting staff and students.”
The Jazz Jam was organised by band teacher Lindsay Boyd who directed the three jazz combos and the Woodstock Big Band, while choir teacher Abe Okie directed The Accidentals.
Many thanks to Ms Boyd for all her hard work in organising the event, and all those talented students and staff who played or sang during the jam.
Thanks also to Grade 9 students and advisers, under the guidance of homeroom head Bethany Okie, who helped set up and serve food and drinks during the event. Mike and Juliana Pesavento also deserve huge credit for their tireless work on the sound and lighting desk, and helping to turn Parker Hall into such a great venue.
Watch performances of some of the numbers in the YouTube links below.
PHOTOS: LIANG YUN CHENG