Jazz combos win awards in competition

By Kelly Ohriner

The Advanced Jazz Combo and the Jazz Explorers competed in the 42nd annual Dos Pueblos Jazz Festival, held in Santa Barbara on March 5. The two combos played a few songs and then received critiques from professional jazz musicians. The Advanced Jazz Combo performed “Poinciana” by the Ahmad Jamal Trio, “Joshua” by Miles Davis and “One for Daddy-O” by Cannonball Adderley. The Jazz Explorers performed “Love for Sale with Chameleon” by Porter and Hancock, “Driftin’” by Hancock and “Beatrice” by Rivers a la Glasper.

The Jazz Explorers took 2nd place and the Advanced Jazz Combo took 3rd place in the competition. Additionally, each Jazz Explorer won the Outstanding Soloist Award.

“It was a really fun event. This was my third year, and it’s always relaxing and allows the band to bond,” Jazz Explorer bassist Hank Adelmann ’11 said.