Rehearsal before First Performance

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Tuesday, October 26, 2015

Here’s the crew a day before our First Performance as a Jazz Combo. We are prepared to play our best, support one another, and have fun. Thanks to Professor David Gibble and Jazz Pianist Stephen Scott (pictured in the center with my hand on his shoulder).

Photo L-R Gavino/Vocals, Joe/Guitar, Blanche/Flute, Stephen/Guitar, Josh/Bass, Ian/Drums

I Made The Cut

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After 9 months of committed, disciplined and passionate learning, practicing and growing, I decided I would audition for Palm Beach State College (PBSC) Jazz Combo. So, on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, I picked up two pieces of sheet music I had never seen to learn; Perdido and Now’s The Time.   Two days later on Thursday, August 27, I was expected to play along with about 20 other musicians playing horns, guitars, bass, drums, and vocals. Ironically, I was the only female, only African American, the tallest, the oldest but also the youngest in experience. Regardless, I gave it my best and was one of the lucky ones to hear my name.

I made the cut and was given a chance to live my dream of playing in a band! “You have to start somewhere,” was the advice and encouragement given to me. My Jazz Combo is a sextet including myself on flute with Gavino on vocals, Stephen and Joe on Guitar, Josh on bass and Ian on drums.

I have been recording our rehearsals to be able to hear my progress and relive the moments that took my breath away, opened my ears and freed my mind. I have never been more nervous and exhilarated at the same time. I am learning so much from my Instructor David Gibble, my combo members and our Special Guest Instructor renowned Jazz Pianist Stephen Scott.

I compliment and accelerate my learning by taking private lessons, listening daily, and attending jazz concerts regularly.

Playing Jazz, at this time in my life, is part of a passionate process.