On Thursday night, November 30, about 150 guests at Grandma’s Sports Garden were treated to the Jazz Singer Extravaganza, performed by the UWS Jazz Band and the UWS Jazz Combo combined with singers. Solo Singers included Tanya Moore, Gabby Anderson and 12-year-old Elise Hintzman, and a special four-voice harmony followed shortly after.
Starting out the evening, the Jazz Combo made of trombone, trumpet, guitar, bass and drums played a song by Miles Davis, titled “So What.” The heavy drum set played by Cory Coffman got a few whoops in the first few bars, followed by lots of lively bass from Logan Amys, which the crowd also appreciated. The crowd applauded at the end of their set happily.
After the Jazz Combo finished, Gabby Anderson, also an alto sax player, sang a solo for “Come Fly with Me,” by Cahn and Van Heusen, joyfully and with ease. The UWS Jazz Band backed her stoutly and in an up-beat manner. This song received a lot of applause, and more praise followed a Latin-flavored “Mombo Inn,” by Samson, Woodlen and Sauza, arranged by M.P. Mossman. The audience seemed to enjoy these two songs the most.
Then Tim Flottum played a wonderful tenor sax solo and Elise Hintzman sang for “Blue Skies.” Hintzman’s voice rang strong and crisp, mature for her age. The audience applauded this song, appreciating the band and the young singer.
In one of the ensemble’s last two songs, the four-voice harmony featuring Peggy White, Tanya Moore, Gabby Anderson, and Mike Lueck sang a cheery version of “It’s all Right With Me,” composed by Cole Porter, and a satisfied audience clapped. Lastly, the band finished with a robust “Simon Says,” by Kevin Mills, with the crowd cheering loudly at the end.
All in all, it was a carefree, fun night for everyone.