Do I have fun–outside turning my front lawn into a woodland garden or “bugging” my local government regarding Glyphosate ? Yes I do. Here is a photo of me (second from left) with some friends last night at the Village Country Club for a Dallas Jazz Orchestra performance last night.
Below is a photo of guest singer Charles Manns along with the Dallas Jazz Orchestra. The DJO are fabulous! Every single musician in that group is a stand-alone talented artist. It you are a youngster who has never had the opportunity to experience a big band jazz experience along with talented individual jazz performances on various instruments, do yourself a favor and attend the next performance of the Dallas Jazz Orchestra.
As you can see from the photo below, it’s not just us old folks who appreciate the Dallas Jazz Orchestra!
And below is an adorable young man who got up and sang with Charles Manns.
When you attend a Dallas Jazz Orchestra performance–be prepared for many surprises and talents to rise up from the audience. Among other things, a Dallas Jazz Orchestra event is highly participatory. The audience don’t just sit there and listen. They dance and even perform themselves. What a great tribute to America’s unique art form–JAZZ!
And speaking of other impromptu singers from the audience last night, we had a great jazz vocalist get up and sing a couple of numbers for us. However, nothing surprised us more than when the gentleman below, dressed in a tux came up and joined the singer with some scat singing. And his scat was great!
A UNEXPECTED SCAT MAN IN THE AUDIENCE
A close up of Skat man shown below–another great photo taken by Delores.
Note: In vocal jazz, scat singing is vocal improvisation with wordless vocables, nonsense syllables or without words at all. Scat singing gives singers the ability to sing improvised melodies and rhythms, to create the equivalent of an instrumental solo using their voice. You have to hear it to know it.
Humor is an important element of scat singing. Cab Calloway exemplified the use of humorous scatting. Other classic examples of humorous scatting include Slim Gaillard, Leo Watson, and Bam Brown’s 1945 “Avocado Seed Soup Symphony,” in which the singers scat variations on the word “avocado” for much of the recording. In addition to such nonsensical uses of language, humor is communicated in scat singing through the use of musical quotation.
Leo Watson, who performed before the canon of American popular music, frequently drew on nursery rhymes in his scatting. This is called using a compression. Though Louis Armstrong’s 1926 recording of Heebie Jeebies is often cited as the first song to employ scatting, there are many earlier examples. One early master of ragtime scat singing was Gene Greene who recorded scat choruses in his song “King of the Bungaloos” and several others between 1911 and 1917.
MORE IMPORTANTLY: How can YOU join the Dallas Jazz Orchestra fun?
First visit Remember the Moment and look at all the photos taken by my friend Delores Elder-Jones. (See her in the first photo above to the far right.) Note: Delores is also available to take photos of your special events too.
FIVE UPCOMING SUMMER PERFORMANCES OF THE DALLAS JAZZ ORCHESTRA
1) DJO tears it up! The Village Country Club, Sunday June 30 at 7:00 pm.
2) Swing Independence Day Sock Hop. The Village Country Club, Sunday July 7 at 7:00 pm.
3) DJO Burns! The Village Country Club, Sunday July 14 at 7:00 pm.
4) DJO Stan Kenton Night The Village Country Club, Sunday July 14 at 7:00 pm.
5) DJO’s Last Concert of the Summer The Village Country Club, Sunday July 28 at 7:00 pm.
Cover charge is $10 a person.
The Village Country Club offers a hot, all you can eat buffet. There is also a full bar and they offer a menu from the Village Grill.
The Village Country Club is located at 8302 Southwestern Blvd, Dallas, Texas.
As far as I”m concerned, this is the best bargain for live music in the metroplex this summer.