IAA Jazz Combo Wins 1st Place at Berklee Jazz Festival

March 15, 2012 at 11:23 am Leave a comment

Idyllwild Arts Academy’s Jazz Combo won, for the second year in a row, won first place in the Jazz Combo division at the 2012 Berklee Jazz Festival. Additionally, senior Lake Jiroudek won first place in the outstanding musician combo division.

In the competition Paul Carman, jazz instructor, said, “We were limited to 18 minutes, one second over and we’re disqualified. I was conservative on the timing because I want the students to have control over the length of their solos. Most schools time it perfectly with set solo lengths but this is not how jazz goes in the real world.”

The students performed the three following songs:

1) Moments Notice by John Coltrane
2) Monks Mood by Thelonious Monk
3) Straight Up And Down by Chick Corea

The Festival competition is divided into divisions by school enrollment and there is also a category for specialized “arts” schools. Idyllwild Arts competed in the “arts school” category considered by many the highest level. Paul states, there “were 15 schools in our division. Seating is limited to about 50 audience members and is usually made up of a few parent/chaperones and a hand full of participating students and teachers from other schools. For our performance the room was packed with 70-80 people, standing room only, and others were turned away at the door. Apparently our reputation from last year filled the room with people wanting to hear the school that won last year. So the energy was very high, and the pressure was even higher for the kids, although playing for a packed room helped them to forget the judges.”

“Marshall and I were as proud as we could be. Even though we prepared them well it was up to them to handle the pressure and play great music” said Paul.

To hear a recording of the performance follow this link:

Idyllwild Arts Jazz Combo Recorded Performance

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