Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble member Sean Murdy has not let the quarantine stop him from pursuing his passion for jazz. When TYJE Director, Dr. Gregg Gelb, emailed a link to TYJE’s saxophone section informing them of a contest opportunity, Sean decided to participate.
The American Jazz Museum created the Charlie Parker Song Contest to give honor to the one of the greatest saxophonists in history and to spark the creativity of both instrumentalists and vocalists even while the museum itself is closed. Participants are given the option of composing and performing a tune in the bebop style or arranging and performing a Charlie Parker tune of their choice.
Sean chose to compose a piece he described as “a contrafact over the changes of the Jazz Standard Star Eyes in an attempt to capture elements of a Bird tune.” Sean Murdy devoted several hours to the composition, hours that very easily could have been spent mourning the loss of rehearsal and performance opportunities. Sean Murdy did not allow “being stuck at home” to get him down, and his positive attitude paid off. He found out a week after submitting his composition that he had been awarded third place in his category and had won $100 dollars.
We are so proud of Sean’s success and his positive attitude! We encourage other musicians to follow his example and set musical goals that motivate and inspire even while at home.