This weekend I traveled to Greeley, Colorado with two big bands and a jazz combo from WTAMU to perform in the annual Greeley Jazz Festival. On Friday, I got to see great clinics presented by Jamey Aebersold and saxophonist Andy Dahlke as well as a Q&A session with legendary jazz bassist, Ron Carter. That evening, we attended a concert featuring the Ron Carter Quartet with saxophonist Donald Harrison, pianist Renee Rosnes, and drummer Lewis Nash that was nothing short of incredible!
On Saturday, both of the big bands had very successful performances and the combo received a great clinic from the adjudicator after our performance. The evening featured Geoffrey Keezer and alumni of the Jazz Messengers performing with the UNC Jazz Lab Band I. It was certainly a weekend of great music and inspiration. As a saxophonist with a largely classical background, I was reminded of how much I love jazz and how much more I have yet to learn about the art form. Time to hit the practice rooms!