CONCERT REVIEW

RMA plays smooth tunes

THE 8TH STREET SWING BAND PERFORMS with Janice Pendarvis for the “Heroes, Heartache, and One-Hit Wonders” concert put on by the RMA Jazz groups in the EMPAC Concert Hall on Saturday.

If you didn’t go to the Jazz Concert this past Saturday, you missed out! The Rensselaer Music Association organized a very nice one hour long jazz concert called “Heroes, Heartache, and One-Hit Wonders” in the Experimental Media Performing Arts Center. Despite the cold weather, there was a decent crowd of friends, parents, and members of the RPI community that enjoyed a peaceful, rejuvenating concert!

President of RMA Devin Glenn ’16 led the night off by introducing himself and giving a synopsis of the beautiful music for the night. Conductor Robert Button mentioned how it was going to be a very special night with the appearance of Janice Pendarvis, a well acclaimed singer known for R&B, pop, jazz, reggae, rock and avant-garde music. She has worked with a bunch of different groups and artists, including The Rolling Stones and David Bowie.

The first group to come out on stage was the 8th Street Swing Band, as conducted by Joseph Bonville. They played two one-hit wonders, then went into playing “Classical Gas” by Mason Williams. I very much enjoyed it because it is in one of my favorite movies, Cheaper by the Dozen. Hearing it live just made it that much better! Then, Janice Pendarvis was welcomed onto the stage for the first time for the night, singing “Summertime” by George Gershwin. When I first heard her voice, I must say, I was blown away; with the live music in the back and the amazing acoustics within EMPAC, this song was amazing!

After four pieces, the Contemporary Jazz Ensemble was next to perform. One song was “Mr. Big Stuff” by Jean Knight, which got the whole audience tapping their feet to the beat! Janice sang along with a few songs of this ensemble but also the Concert Jazz Orchestra. Both these groups were conducted by Robert Button. The first piece on the agenda for the Orchestra was “The Horse” by Cliff Nobles; to this day, no one knows why this famous song, from 1968, was titled “The Horse,” but many bands play it today. Next up was Fontella Bass’ “Rescue Me,” which I realized is from another great movie, Sister Act. The last song of the wonderful night was a classic from 1966 titled, “What Becomes of the Broken Hearted,” by Jimmy Ruffin. This song was a nice finishing touch as Janice and all three of the performing groups received a standing ovation afterwards.

Overall, this show was fantastic. I suggest all RPI students go to at least one concert in the near future hosted by RMA or any musical group related to RPI. I’m sure you won’t regret it! Just look for signs around campus, online at http://events.rpi.edu/, ask your friends, or even check through upcoming Facebook events. I can’t wait to see another RPI jazz group perform again!

mentioned how it was going to be a very special night with the appearance of Janice Pendarvis, a well acclaimed singer known for R&B, pop, jazz, reggae, rock and avant-garde music. She has worked with a bunch of different groups and artists, including The Rolling Stones and David Bowie.

The first group to come out on stage was the 8th Street Swing Band, as conducted by Joseph Bonville. They played two one-hit wonders then went into playing Classical Gas by Mason Williams, which I very much enjoyed because it is in one of my favorite movies Cheaper by the Dozen. Hearing it live just made it that much better! Then Janice Pendarvis was welcomed onto the stage for the first time for the night, singing Summertime by George Gershwin. When I first heard her voice, I must say, I was blown away, with the live music in the back and the amazing acoustics within EMPAC this song was amazing!

After four pieces, the Contemporary Jazz Ensemble was next to perform. One song was Mr. Big Stuff by Jean Knight which got the whole audience tapping their feet to the beat! Janice sang along with a few songs of this ensemble but also the Concert Jazz Orchestra. Both these groups were conducted by Robert Button. The first piece on the agenda for the Orchestra was The Horse by Cliff Nobles; to this day, no one knows why this famous song, from 1968, was titled “The Horse” but many bands play it today. Next up was Fontella Bass’ Rescue Me, which I realized is from another great movie, Sister Act. The last song of the wonderful night was a classic from 1966 titled What Becomes of the Broken Hearted by Jimmy Ruffin. This song was a nice finishing touch as Janice and all three of the performing groups received a standing ovation afterwards.

Overall, this show was fantastic. I suggest all RPI students go to at least one concert in the near future hosted by RMA or any musical related to RPI. I’m sure you won’t regret it! Just look for signs around campus, online at events.rpi.edu, ask your friends, or even check through upcoming Facebook events. I can’t wait to see another RPI jazz group perform again!

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