One of the nice things about my career is the variety of different types of gigs I do. Being a self employed, freelance trumpet player means that I need to be ready for anything.
Harlem Renaissance 101
Last Wednesday I had the privilege of participating in a program for and by students at Cesar Chavez High School. The school’s Black History Club hosted a program they called “Harlem Renaissance 101” and hired me to perform some jazz compositions from that era.
I would like to thank Ariann Burley for the invitation.
In Harlem Renaissance 101, the students held class on stage. Three of the students played the role of teacher while the rest of the class sat on the floor of the stage awaiting their turns to recite poetry, sing, give short history lessons, play music or dance.
Meeting New People
I do my share of school performances. Sometimes I work with the students and sometimes I don’t. But when we do work with the students, it is almost always in the context of their band class.
This time it was nice to work with students outside of that environment.
For me, one of the highlights of the performance was sharing the stage with up-and-coming trumpeter, Jacob Newsome. Jacob and I performed In a Mello Tone with an accompaniment track.
Not a typical gig for me, and like I said, that’s one of the things that I like about my career. It’s nice to do something totally different now and again!