Under the leadership of program director Keith Cochrane the four jazz and rock combo groups provided an intimate, engaging and rousing performance that covered everything from jazz standards to "Some Nights," by "fun."
The first group, "Tuesday 5," opened the Friday evening set with some standards, highlighted by a killer rendition of Grover Washington Jr.'s "Mr. Magic," with lyrics by Amy Winehouse.
"Tuesday 5," set an easy-going, fun atmosphere for the night.
The second group, "Corner Hit," kicked up the intensity with performances of three jazz standards: Miles Davis' "So What," the classic "Softly as in a Morning Sunrise," and Dave Brubeck's classic, "Take Five."
"Corner Hit's" solid instrumental performances were topped off by lead singer Wyatt Grainger's powerful voice.
The second half of Friday evening's concert was kicked off by "Casual Riff," who put on an admirable performance in spite of lead vocalist Marcy Freestone loosing her voice earlier that day.
The group's instrumental performances of jazz standards was capped off by an electrifying rendition of one of Duke Ellington's all-time greatest compositions, "Take the A Train."
The already infectious Ellington tune spread a foot tapping mood throughout the performance hall.
The jazz and rock combo concert
They opened with two original compositions, "Let Yourself Go," and "Love at Arms Length."
Their concert closing performance of "Some Nights," by the indie pop group "fun." ended the night perfectly, and in a way, summed up how the jazz and rock combos fit in to the San Juan College Music Program.
If the bigger groups such as the orchestra are showcases for powerful performances, the jazz and rock combos are vehicles for individual creativity.
For more information on upcoming music program performances, www.sanjuancollege.edu/silhouette, or call the 505-566-3430.