Jazz Night a chance to celebrate graduating musicians

The annual Jazz Night at Trinity College School, held Friday, May 3rd in the Dick and Jane LeVan Theatre, brought together our talented student-musicians with some wonderful guest artists for an evening of inspiring sounds. This evening represents the last formal concert at TCS for our graduating students, who were very much in the spotlight in solo and ensemble performances.

The evening opened with our String Quartet, comprised of violinists Cameron Lai and Finn Smith, and graduating students Lidan Zheng (viola) and Gemma Varty (cello). The ensemble played a selection of movie themes arranged by Gemma. Then Finn, who is a student of noted violinist Lorna Glover, played a solo with Edward Li accompanying on piano. Together they brought Felix Borowski’s Adoration to life.

Throughout the concert, talented students took the stage to present solo numbers, treating the audience to their interpretations of well-loved jazz classics. This included Jayden Lefebvre on guitar (Round Midnight); Sophia Bonham-Carter on trombone (Basie’s Blues); Grace Lu on violin, accompanied by Jayden (Autumn Leaves); Zoe Fingas on clarinet (Prince Charming); Harrison Wou on alto sax (So What); Ben Traugott on trumpet (I Remember Clifford); and Cameron Lai on violin (You’d be so Nice to Come Home to).

Audiences also enjoyed a wonderful performance by a trio of professional musicians who have close ties to TCS: Attila Fias (piano), Tyson Galloway (bass) and Phillippe Marsan (drums).

The bulk of the evening, though, rested on the shoulders of Jazz@4, the School’s Senior jazz band. The 15 members of the ensemble presented two sets of exciting music that gave several players a chance to take on solos. From standards like Birdland and Take 5, to Surface Tension, a track written specifically for TCS by Jim Lewis, Jazz@4 brought the house down. Special note goes to graduating members of the ensemble, for their leadership and dedication to the band: Harrison Wou (alto sax), Ben Traugott (trumpet), Ethan Burnside (trumpet) and Miguel Weerasinghe (percussion).

This celebration of jazz was made possible with the support of many people in the TCS community: Ms. Nicola Lee (music teacher and director of Jazz@4), Mr. Jeff Biggar (music teacher), Mr. Christian McFadden (sound), Mr. Greg MacPherson (lighting) and the property department. Thank you all for your commitment to the music program at TCS.