the stories of a los angeles violinist

jazz

Added on by Jordan Martone.

last week, the csun orchestra played a concert with the jazz 'a' band and renowned jazz arranger, composer, and bassist jon clayton.  this was my first jazz orchestra experience and it was kind of like "once you go jazz, you never go back." because i now have a distaste for classical music after the amazing experience i had. 

we performed at the valley performing arts center, a new venue in LA that happens to be on csun's campus. (the main stage is called the great hall and i can't help but think harry potter thoughts when i'm there. heh heh.) 

 

 jon clayton conducting the orchestra.  i'm on the bottom left.

jon clayton conducting the orchestra.  i'm on the bottom left.

one of my roommates is the drumset player for jazz 'a'. another roommate plays bass for the band. it was a great experience to share with them.

this concert happened the day after our own symphony orchestra concert minus the band. we played spanish themed repertoire. capriccio espagnol, rodrigo, granados. preparing two different concert programs literally gack to back... you can imagine how busy this semester has been. 

 

 have you ever seen a 16- piece bass choir? me neither. this is what happens when jon clayton is in town and you round up all the bassists in the music department. his solo arrangement of "if i was a rich man" from fiddler on the roof brought the house down. i was grinning like a goob from ear to ear. 

have you ever seen a 16- piece bass choir? me neither. this is what happens when jon clayton is in town and you round up all the bassists in the music department. his solo arrangement of "if i was a rich man" from fiddler on the roof brought the house down. i was grinning like a goob from ear to ear. 

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orchestral playing is my forte. i love making music as a part of a group or a bigger picture. being a leader within an orchestra is where i got my start, playing in youth symphonies and musical theatre pit. this orchestra humbles me in the best way. i auditioned in as a freshman and won the assistant concert mistress chair but quickly learned that the director likes to move people to different chairs for every concert. it's a good tactic to keep myself in check. i only have 3 semesters left with this group before i graduate. eeep! 

congrats to the csun symphony and jazz 'a' band on a great concert!