The Loveland High School (LHS) Jazz Orchestra spent three days with a full itinerary in Chicago in November. Among the highlights: a performance by the band in the Grand Hall of the Field Museum – one of the largest natural history museums in the world.
“This was a fantastic opportunity for our student-musicians to perform in what is often referred to as the ‘Jazz Capital of the World,’” said LHS Jazz Director Erin Fitzpatric. “The show followed an outstanding clinic for the students with Northwestern University Music Professor Jarrard Harris, who has an impressive repertoire on his resume.”
Chicago became home to some of the most influential jazz musicians of all times starting in the 1920s, and the abundance of small clubs continues to keep the jazz scene alive and thriving. The Loveland orchestra visited Andy’s, a staple for jazz lovers since the early 1950s, as well as the Jazz Showcase, which opened its doors in 1947. Relocated several times in the past 71 years, the Showcase has hosted many of jazz music’s great, including Art Blakely, Eddie Harris, and Dizzie Gillespie, who spent many of his birthdays performing at the club.
“Experiencing these legendary jazz venues and listening to the music played there today was an amazing educational experience for our students,” said Fitzpatric. “One of our students, Curtis Feder, was even invited up on stage to play ‘Take the A Train’ on the piano with the band at Andy’s!”
Other highlights during the Chicago stay included seeing the Broadway show Hamilton at the CIBC Theatre and attending the annual Christmas tree lighting in Millenium Park. The students also toured several museums and tourist sites, including Navy Pier.
“I’m very grateful to the parents who made the trip possible,” said Fitzpatric. “Being a musician is so much more than just playing notes on a page. Exposure like this greatly impacts how jazz musicians see the world and helps them gain a deeper appreciation for the art form. In addition, there’s no better way to bond as a band.”
The Loveland Jazz Orchestra performed at Caffe Vivace in Cincinnati on December 3, and is next scheduled to perform during the Holiday Band Concert at Loveland High School on December 12, 7:00 p.m.
Photo caption (top image): The Loveland Jazz Orchestra in Chicago, November 2018.
Photo caption (bottom image): Loveland’s Curtis Feder at the piano with the Soul Message Band at Andy’s Jazz Club and Restaurant. “My favorite part was probably going to the jazz clubs,” said LHS Senior Sarah Stevens about the Chicago experience. ”The atmosphere was cool and it was awesome to see the performers really enjoy what they were doing.”
Article posted on December 4, 2018.