All that jazz

Adam Hope plays Westminster Music LibraryIn the words of the late, great Louis Armstrong:

“Hot can be cool, and cool can be hot, and each can be both. But hot or cool, man, jazz is jazz.”

The weather outside may have been decidedly cool but the music was as hot as it gets last night in Westminster Music Library.

Multi-talented pianist Adam Hope entertained us with some brilliant interpretations of some very famous jazz classics, such as Autumn leaves, My foolish heart, ‘Round midnight, plus a selection of his own compositions. It was almost impossible to sit still to this ultra cool music, just about everyone’s toes were a-tap.

To add to the atmosphere, there were lively discussions in between numbers; what is it that makes jazz sound so different from classical music? Is it really just a selection of random notes with spiky rhythms?  Did the classical composers of the seventeenth century ever break the rules and improvise? What part does world music play in jazz?  In other words, what exactly makes jazz “jazz”?

To quote Louis again:

“If you have to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know.”

… and some quotes from our audience:

“I’ve enjoyed it a lot, although I usually listen to classical music, it’s really good to hear something completely different”

“An inspirational evening, more jazz piano please”

“It’s great to be able to explore new music, especially for free!”

[Ruth]

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