Written by PA Interns Zeb Jewell-Alibhai and Aditya Sharma. 

On Sunday, November 7, the Philharmonic Association’s Jazz Ensembles had their 2021 Fall Concert at Cary Arts Center. The exciting concert exhibited loads of vibrant music from each band, and was followed up by a Jazz Workshop given by Trombonist Michael Dease. 

Triangle Youth Jazz Band, conducted by Kobie Watkins, played Blue ‘N’ Moody by Michael Sweeney, Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Freddie Mercury, and Blue Rain by Chris Gordon. Triangle Youth Jazz Orchestra, directed by Lisa Burn, played So Easy by Tadd Dameron, Thing Ain’t What the Used to Be by Duke Ellington, Moten Swing by Bennie Moten, Such Sweet Thunder by Duke Ellington, Jamie by Sammy Nestico, El Abrazo by Alan Baylock, and Roll Em by Mary Lou Williams, with El Abrazo and Roll Em featuring solos from Guest Soloist Michael Dease. Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble played Topsy by Eddie Durham, Jack the Bear by Duke Ellington, Trombonio by Duke Ellington, It Don’t Mean a Thing by Duke Ellington, Ooh Bop by Dizzy Gillespie, Whisper Not by Benny Golson, This Can’t Be Love by Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart, and Stablemates by Benny Golson. 

The spirited music played by the bands was followed by a one hour Jazz Workshop given by Michael Dease, which was quite fun and inspiring for the jazz students. Overall, the Philharmonic Association’s Fall Jazz concert was fun, exciting, and inspirational, and we’d like to thank the band directors, teachers, parents, and of course the students for their hard work in making the concert possible.