Our first Jazz Café of 2014 got off to a fantastic start with the presentation of the Al Hodge Memorial award, this time the cheque of £500 being given to Charlotte Mackellar. Charlotte has recently excelled in her music exams and has been offered a place at university to study musical theatre. After two impromptu songs the audience was left with no doubt as to why Charlotte was the recipient of this award.

Following a short set of old favourites by the Jazz Academy, the Jazz Orchestra took centre stage with pieces ranging in style from the Blues Brothers to big band takes on modern tunes such as Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”. Our new cover version of “Suit and Tie” went down a storm with Charlotte on vocals, a piece we will now certainly be playing on the upcoming tour to Austria!

The Cornwall Youth Jazz Orchestra performed next, eagerly anticipated by the audience, and showed off their exceptional talent from across Cornwall with a jazz standard opening of “Fly Me To The Moon”. A dazzling repertoire of traditional and modern jazz classics ensued, but the piece de resistance was our final collaboration. The two jazz orchestras joined together to create a spontaneous work beginning with us singing a few notes, playing them back by ear and culminating in a huge jazz sound complete with improvised solos. It was a great night and we hope to get the chance to work with CYJO again in the future.

Author: Izzi Brinsley
Tagged: Bodmin College Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Cafe, CYJO, Charlotte Mackellar, Al Hodge

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