The Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble recently performed their spring concert which was enjoyed by many. Philharmonic Association member and intern, Mary Kolbas, shares what she enjoyed about the concert in her review of the event:
“On March 7th, the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble (TYJE) performed at Halle Cultural Arts Center of Apex. With their diverse program, director Greg Gelb was able to show off the group’s unified sound and talented soloists. TYJE’s performance revealed the bond these musicians have with both the music and each other. It was common to see musicians bouncing along to the music and smiling at their peers as they stood up to play their solos. The powerful unison sound of the ensemble was always well-coordinated and impactful.
The first two songs of the program, “Feetbone” and “Old Man Blues,” both had an impressively precise and dramatic conclusion. “Old Man Blues” showcased the musicians’ connection and communication on stage, opening with a back-and-forth line between trombonist Frederick Larsen and clarinetist Joseph Foglia.
After these opening pieces, vocalist Emma Gonzalez was invited to the stage to sing “I Got It Bad & That Ain’t Good,” displaying her impressive vocal range. Next was “Caravan” which was perhaps my favorite song on the program due to its unique atmosphere and depth created by the comping rhythm section. The musician’s coordination on stage was once again showcased as various soloists turned towards the vocalist to “sing” with her. If you missed TYJE’s fall concert, this concert provided a second chance to hear “Cherokee” and “Roll ‘em” again,” two energetic pieces.
After intermission, five string players from the Triangle Youth Philharmonic joined the ensemble to play five tunes arranged by Nelson Riddle, all of which blended the full sound of the band with the harmonizing sound of strings and vocals. I particularly liked “I Got Rhythm” and “I Won’t Dance” which featured fun and quirky lyrics.
TYJE’s last song of the program was “Diminuendo and Crescendo” which included several solos and dramatic swells. However, this wasn’t the end of the concert; as an encore, TYJE performed “Sweet As,” composed by TYJE pianist Caeden Greene. Like the concert as a whole, this encore revealed the bond amongst the ensemble’s musicians, as most played from memory and sensitively supported one another’s solos.
TYJE’s Spring Concert was an amazing portrayal of these advanced musicians’ bond, professionalism, and expressive capabilities.”
If you missed TYJE’s spring concert, enjoy this video of the event.