Big band music exhilarates the body, heart, mind and soul. Jazz music has been described as restless sounds that won’t stay put, and because the term “jazz” has been used to define a variety of music, the one recognizable and key element that informs the listener he’s hearing jazz is the musician’s improvisation of a familiar song.
A jazz player may begin playing a known chorus and melody, but at some point will introduce his or her unpreconceived contribution to the piece.
April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and the Northeastern State University Jazz Studies Program offers music lovers a taste of what’s considered American’s original art form at its Jazz Lab on Muskogee Avenue.
The facility was once home to one “big band” when Jazz Studies Director Dr. Tommy Poole arrived on campus four years ago, but now, it houses two. Enrollment in the university music program has increased over the recent years, he said.
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