Jazz explorers to play at Hollywood Bowl

By Jamie Chang

The Jazz Explorers will perform at the Hollywood Bowl on Oct. 12 at a charity event for the nonprofit organization People for Parks. The Explorers were sought out by a parent of a Harvard-Westlake alumna who works for People for Parks.

The ensemble will be playing multiple songs including “Nardis” by Miles Davis and “Hurricane”, a song composed by Jazz Explorer Jake Chapman ’12.  Their exact music set is unknown because “we usually like to choose our songs in the moment because the spontaneity increases our improvisational potential, and makes music more enjoyable and original,” Daniel Sunshine ’13 said. 

To prepare for the event at the Hollywood Bowl, the Jazz Explorers had extra practices over the summer and after school rehearsals according to Bradley Ho ’12. They also practice during their free periods at school and to make sure that they are ready.

Although this will not be their first performance of the year, the Jazz Explorers are “excited to be playing on a stage that has featured such a broad spectrum of musical acts, not to mention a plethora of world-class performers,” Chapman said.