Jazz Night: February 24, 2017. Tri-M pulled it off once again. Everyone welcomed the return of the annual night of jazzy tunes and mouthwatering food. It’s difficult to comprehend the amount of work that goes into scheduling and planning Jazz Night every year, especially when you consider the drastic transformation that the Conference Hall undergoes over two afternoons. Months of planning, preparation, and practice were poured into achieving the success of the event, and we were all reminded of one of KIS’ favourite traditions.
2017’s Jazz Night opened with the Middle School Jazz Band with many saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, drums, and vocal solos by Daniel Kim, Ein Jun, Yoonsik Chung, Tae-Sung Uhm, Audrey Lee, Joanna Lee, Andy Kim, Nate Ritz, Ryosuke Sumi, Jack Choi, Sean Kim, Hannah Kim, Sarah Ju, Judy Choi, Eric Youm, Brian Lee, and Joshua Park. The Middle School Jazz Band played “Take the ‘A’ Train”, “Oye Como Va”, “As If To Say Goodbye”, “Kansas City Breakout”, “Poco Loco”, “Just the Way You Are”, and “Groovin’ Hard”.
After the Middle School Jazz Band, the Vocal Jazz A Capella “Nightingales” group brought some vocal tunes to the audience’s ears. They sang “Moon River”, “A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square”, and “Autumn Leaves”, with French solos by Stacy Jo (‘17) and James Lee (‘19). The Nightingales also gave a little snippet of a song that they are going to sing at the Spring Choir Concert on March 16.
Finally, the Phoenix Jazz Band swooped in with “Give It One”, “Shiny Stockings”, “Cut the Cake”, “Bernie’s Tune”, “Don’t Steal My Stuff”, and “Big Noise From Winnetka”. The Phoenix Jazz Band also had many solos throughout their repertoire: Charles Park (‘20), Zaiu Tei (‘20), San Yun (‘18), Kyle Son (‘20), Christopher Ryu (‘17), Jason Kim (‘20), Min Jun Kim (‘20), Sang Kim (‘20), Jin Kwon (‘18), Emily Lee (‘17), and Edward Huang (‘17). Their superb playing ended 2017’s Jazz Night, leaving the audience with both a superb appreciation of this year’s event and an even greater anticipation for what will come next year.
One can only imagine the stress that the event’s organizers went through since early on last semester. Tri-M impressed us all immensely with the professionalism and efficiency with which they prepared, conducted, and concluded this year’s Jazz Night, and we’re looking forward to another holistic and gratifying experience next year!
– Daniel Park (’17)
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