By Claire Lew and Cathy Zaragoza
Two jazz ensembles under the direction of jazz teacher Shawn Costantino recorded sets of songs to submit to a contest held by popular jazz magazine Down Beat. The session took place Saturday at the Upper School. Costantino plans to enter the groups into jazz festivals, including the Monterrey Jazz Festival and the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
âThese sorts of competitions are crucial for high school groups. If you are accepted to them it leads to lots of opportunities and honors for the students,â Costantino said. âTraditionally Harvard-Westlake has never entered any sort of competition and I think that there is no time like the present to get it started.â
The seven members of Isambo, named after pianist Isamu McGregor â07, recorded the tracks âRound Midnight,â âBoliviaâ and âWitch Huntâ from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The Jazz Explorers recorded the tracks âGemini,â âPenthouse,â âBonnie and Clydeâ and âSong for my Doctorâ from noon to 3 p.m. Pianist Jay Dockendorf â07 arranged two of the four songs â âSong for my Doctor,â which was written for former jazz teacher Dr. Jerry Margolis, and âBonnie and Clyde,â which was written for trumpet player Ian Sprague â08âs mother.