New Jersey Stage 2015 - Issue 10 - Page 137

jazz by myself and three musicians on piano, bass and drums. Wait, what? A concert and no rehearsal? I’m not implying that all jazz performances should be unrehearsed. But this one was designed to demonstrate the essence of jazz. First of all, don’t try this with anything but excellent and very experienced musicians and singers. What the audience heard was an initial rendering of a tune as it was composed, followed by variations on the original chords and melody. New versions of the piece were created by the artist in the moment. Improvisation is the opposite of reading music. It was a spontaneous expression of brain neurons fired in tandem with the sonics of the heart and soul. Jazz musicians and singers become instant “arrangers” and composers. A pop song or an old standard ballad might be performed as a samba. Whatever “spin” the player wants to put on a song is OK in jazz. A jazz PREVIEW Dorado Schmitt & Django Festival Allstars Wednesday, November 11 Doors 7pm / Curtain 7:30pm Victoria Theater NewJerseyStage.com 2015 - ISSUE 10 137