Clusters of round tables combined with dark lighting helped give Heritage Hall the atmosphere of an authentic jazz club last night.
The second night of the three-part jazz festival – hosted by the Jazz and Open Mic Clubs – featured headlining performances by Band Burrage and the Arthur Goldstein Quartet.
The festival will continue on with performances by the Joe Ford Ensemble and Urban Fusion at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the HUB-Robeson Center’s Heritage Hall.
Brooke Abrams, Open Mic Club vice president, said that she would describe the vibe of the room as vibrant and inviting.
“People are just chilling and listening to great music, which is what it is all about,” Abrams (sophomore – international politics and Spanish) said.
Lakeisha Wade said this was her first time listening to jazz music and she enjoyed seeing the music being paired with other forms of expression, such as rap and poetry.
“I had never heard a rap set against jazz music which was interesting to hear,” Wade (sophomore – biology) said.
Abrams said that that one act she enjoyed was Brisa Flores, the Open Mic club event coordinator, reciting three pieces of original poetry.
Abrams said the poetry dealt primary with relationships and staying true to oneself.
“I think a lot of people can relate to that because everybody goes through those issues,” Abrams said.
Nick Toma, Jazz Club president, said the improvisation and contribution from students and people from the community to the show allows for a great exhibition of the art in the area.
Cameron Jordan, Open Mic club president, said he thinks improvisation is the most interesting thing about jazz music.
“With jazz everything is free form, and then it comes together and makes one big beautiful piece,” Jordan (senior – communications) said.
“I don’t think you are going to be able to see another jazz show like this in the area,” Toma (senior- neuroscience) said.