The Era of Swing!!! (Makeup Event)

UI Jazz Band IV was performed on Studio Theatre at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

By Wai Chuen Chan

On December 10, the UI Jazz Band IV was performed on Studio Theatre at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts by the group from the University of Illinois specializes in tunes from the Big Band era, where there were multiple musical instruments included such as saxophones and trumpets.

Entrance of Studio Theatre.

Big band Era, also known as the Swing Era, is a type of musical ensemble of jazz music that usually consists of ten or more musicians with four sections: saxophones, trumpets, trombones, and a rhythm section. It is generally regarded as having occurred between 1935 and 1945. It was the only time in American musical history that the popularity of jazz eclipsed all other forms of music. The Big Band Era was led by the Dorsey brothers, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, etc.

The ticket for UI Jazz Band IV.

The group was performing was formed of students and professor from the University of Illinois. I was first felt worried about the performance because the member looked exhausted and careless when they showed up. But of course I was wrong, once the music started, they turned into a completely different person on stage, playing their instrument concentrically with joy.

The group on stage.

I am really into Jazz music now since I ran into its voice during this semester. Personally, I think Jazz music is the best music among the all. It sounds deep and mysterious where it always catches audience attention. And it also performs music in many different ways. I think saxophone is the most important element in Jazz. Without saxophone, Jazz is incomplete. I always like the way when saxophone player blends down their body when the music goes into an exciting climax.

The group on stage.

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