Jazz bands, teacher perform in first show

With dimmed lighting and the aroma of food permeating the restaurant, the Vibrato Grill buzzed with activity as the Harvard-Westlake Advanced Jazz combo and the Jazz Explorers stepped onto the stage. These students performed their first show of the year at the Vibrato Grill on Oct. 14. Reservations were required to attend the event. The […]

Jazz ensembles perform Radiohead covers

By David Lim “Call the concert Radio-jazz-head,” Studio Jazz Band pianist Nick Healy ’13 of the Radiohead-infused Winter Jazz Concert said. Two ensembles played covers of Radiohead songs “Paranoid Android” and “High and Dry” as their final numbers Dec. 3 in Rugby Auditorium. All four groups in the jazz program took the stage for “An […]

Musician deconstructs styles of songwriters

By Rebecca Nussbaum “Writing songs was the easiest part of any of it,” Kathryn Gallagher ’11 said. During the first semester, Gallagher studied the music of Bob Dylan, Elton John, Carole King and Joni Mitchell with the help of performing arts teacher Shawn Costantino in her music production and songwriting independent study. Gallagher began her […]

Musicians Freestyle at year's last Vibrato show

By Kelly Ohriner Four jazz combos including the Advanced Jazz Combo and the Jazz Explorers performed at Vibrato, an Italian restaurant in Bel Air, on Jan. 30. The show lasted three hours with each combo playing around three to five songs for between 30 and 45 minutes. “It was really crowded. It was nice to […]

Chamber Singers to spend 10 days in Italy

By Candice Navi Chamber Singers will travel through Italy by bus over spring break, visiting cities such as Rome, Pisa, Motecatini, Florence, Mestre and Venice. Director of the Choral Deparment Rodger Guerrero, music teacher Shawn Costantino and accompanist Chip Colvin will join them. The group leaves tomorrow and returns April 4. They will perform and […]

Lotus Festival welcomes Jazz Explorers

By Faire Davidson and Lesley Whitaker The Jazz Explorers’ performance at the Convocation ceremony this morning was the group’s second performance in two months. The Jazz Explorers attended the 30th annual Lotus Festival on July 13 in Echo Park. The three-day festival opened with the Twilight Jazz Concert, which the group performed in, and continued […]

Guest artist to join jazz students

By Ben Goldstein Grammy-nominated trumpet player Wayne Bergeron will play alongside each student band for one or two of their songs on May 26 during the Spring Jazz Concert. Bergeron, who plays lead trumpet in the L.A.-based jazz ensemble Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, has played in more than 250 film and television soundtracks. “He […]