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Bass Fest a hit at Java Jolt

01/29/2014

The JSU Double Bass Quartet and Jazz Combo performed at Java Jolt on Monday night at 7 p.m. as part of the first ever Bass Fest, an event sponsored by the David L. Walters Department of Music.

“It’s a slightly more informal setting,” said Dr. James Woodward, Assistant Director of Music Theory and Composition. “It’s also nice to have a cup of coffee and listen to music.” Woodward was also one of the performers in the Double Bass Quartet.

This was the debut performance by the Double Bass Quartet, with more shows to come in the future.

The Jazz Combo played a jazz style “Hard Bop”, which emerged in the 1950s.

“The concert series at Java Jolt gives the students real life experience in performing in front of an audience,” said Dr. Andrew Nevala, Director of Jazz Studies. “It is just like they would have to do on a real professional gig.”

Nevala also directs Jazz Ensembles I, II, III, three Jazz Combos, and the Latin Ensemble.

The Double Bass Quartet is composed of two professors and two students. The Jazz Combo is made up of six JSU students. There was a keyboardist, bassist, guitarist, trombone player, drummer and saxophone player.

About 30 people were present at any given time. The audience was mostly composed of college students who were enjoying a cup of coffee with the performances. There were many friends of performers in attendance.

The Double Bass Quartet played smooth songs whose names gave way to the style in which they were performed. They captivated
the audience.

The Jazz Combo played jazz pieces which energized the audience.

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