February 18, 2012

Ranny Reeve Jazz Festival

The Ranny Reeve Jazz Festival (named after a beloved, local jazz composer and music instructor) is an annual concert that is presented by the Kings Park Heritage Museum to celebrate Black History Month. This year's show took place on Friday, February 17 in the auditorium of the RJO Middle School in front of a full house. 

This performance featured two full ensembles as well as several duets and a few solo pieces. In a variety show kind of setting, the musicians on the stage ranged in experience from seasoned jazz players to young kids who were fairly new to their instruments. The music included a little bit of everything, from such standards as "Take the A Train," "Sweet Georgia Brown," and "Blue Bossa" to a funky jam of the Herbie Hancock classic "Watermelon Man" to even a few avant-garde improvisations mixed in for good measure. The show ended with the entire cast of musicians on stage for one big grand finale. This was music being played for the love of playing music. This was a free concert filled with great sounds performed with care and shared with joy. I relished it immensely. It was an inspiring evening and it made me have to hurry home to play some fingerstyle jazz on my own instrument. Excellent night. Cheers!

"My lips shall not speak wickedness,
nor my tongue utter deceit."

~Job 27:4