It’s not every day that you’ll have a concert that starts off with a fire alarm and ends in a fire alarm as well. With the Brock U Encore! Concert “The Canadian Jazz Scene” presented by John Sherwood, on February 10th, 2017 that is exactly how it went. You could say that it was letting you know that the night was going to be an interesting one ahead. Alongside John Sherwood, his co-musicians were Kevin Turcotte (trumpeter), Patrick Collins (bassist), Terry Clarke (drummer), and Mike Murley (saxophonist).
Before the concert started there was the sound of the fire alarm filling the FirstOntario Performance Art Center. Once the fire alarm was turned off we could enter the theater and take our seats. Once the concert began, Sherwood came out…show more content…
Which makes sense that Turcotte and Murley would be able to get along so well with their music because they have played music together before in the past. One of which was back in Toronto at The Rex in 2013, who also had Clarke playing the piano.
When the song was finally done, the quintet stopped for a bit to discuss which song that they would want to play next, which fit into the concert because Sherwood did say at the beginning of the concert that the entire concert would be improvised. Once they concluded together, Sherwood came back to the mic and explained that they will be doing a B-Bop version of Charlie Parker Ornithology. He then gave a bit of history of B-Bop, explaining that it is a song or songs written over older songs, to give them a new and refreshing sound to them. The song started off extremely powerful the drum coming forward as one of the main instruments being heard when the middle of the song came from everyone slowed down before only the drum was the only instrument to be heard by the audience. Clarke slowed down and created a new tempo, that almost seemed misplaced from the previous half of the song, once he started to gain the tempo from the previous half, all the other musicians started to join in along with the song, regaining speed matching the harmony that they had created at the beginning of the song.
Once the third song was