New Jersey Stage 2015 - Issue 10 - Page 135

different. Here’s a minor observation. In pop and rock, we refer to songs; in jazz, we call them tunes. (And in the classical realm they’re called pieces.) Different ways of talking about the same thing. That’s similar to various religions. Pop and rock will please a crowd because it plays to the familiarity of songs and a standard way of performing them. In jazz, however, originality in performance is what impresses. Jazz musicians are expected to re-interpret a tune. So, while the classic rock tribute band nails the difficult and exciting kick off to a song, first thing a jazz player will do is take his tune apart. It’s called re-harmonization. Revising the melody or chords adds interest and variety. When you see a Janice Joplin tribute show, you want to hear a close approximation of Joplin’s singing. It’s what you look and listen for. When a fan goes to listen to a jazz singer, he or she wants to hear a new interpreta- PREVIEW For the fourth year, the TD James Moody Jazz Festival, one of the largest gatherings of jazz fans on the East Coast, showcases an all-star lineup of the country’s best musicians. The festival takes place NoNewJerseyStage.com vember 7-15, on and off the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) campus at 1 Center Street in Newark. Over the next few pages we will showcase a few of the festival highlights for this year. 2015 - ISSUE 10 135