CBU Jazz Band performs “under the stars”
Riverside, Calif. (Nov. 15, 2016) – The sounds of swing music and the blues filled Stamps Courtyard as the California Baptist University Jazz Band performed an outdoor concert on Nov. 14.
Under the unusually large “supermoon”, students, staff, faculty and family members came out on a cool and crisp fall evening to enjoy “Jazz Under the Stars IV.”
“We have success in reaching more CBU students with our music by performing these outdoor concerts on campus,” said Guy Holliday, assistant professor of music and director of the Jazz Band. “We love to share our music with as many people as possible.”
The band performed a variety of styles, including bebop, Latin, funk and fusion. It also played highlights from the fall theatre musical, “The 1940s Radio Hour.” The musical featured the Jazz Band on stage accompanying singers performing music from the Swing Era of the 1930s and ’40s. For the jazz concert, singers performed several numbers from the show, including “Love Is Here to Stay” and “Ain’t She Sweet.”
The concert is offered to the CBU community for a variety of reasons, Holliday said, including that jazz is fun, creative to play and it is an American art form.
“We believe these gifts and talents come from God. We want to use them well and play with excellence as an act of worship,” Holliday said.