Who knew UI Jazz Combo was so good? I do now!
Written by Catherine Webber
On December 3rd, 2019 I had the joy of attending the UI Jazz Combo Concert I and it was really quite amazing! I have always been a fan of jazz so I was really looking forward to this show. Unfortunately, or maybe, fortunately, I was so engrossed in the show that I didn’t get to take any pictures while the performers were on stage, but the lobby of the Krannert Center of the Performing Arts was all decked out in time for Christmas, so I got some spirited photos, that I think went well with the jazz show I saw.
A lot of people say that they don’t like jazz, and I don’t know why. I truly love jazz, and this show cemented my love even more. This ensemble played their hearts out and though they are not professionals, they could have fooled me as their talent really shone through classic jazz compositions. I wasn’t able to stay for the full two hours and five minutes, but the hour I was able to stay for went by so quickly. It felt like I was sitting in the Studio Theatre for only five minutes! The instruments flowed so well together whether the music was slow or fast, I was in a trance to say the least.
I’m really gonna miss the Krannert Center over Christmas break as I love all the productions they put on. I hope that next semester I am able to find time to go to more of these productions, especially the music ones such as the jazz combo! We are so lucky to have such great works put on for us here at UIUC, I want to encourage my friends to take advantage of this while we have the chance! A jazz show like this could be so much more expensive than $4 (yes, it was only $4!), and I’m so grateful for this class for opening my eyes to the opportunities I have at my fingertips!