Jazz Night is an annual event hosted by the TRI-M Music Honor Society.
Sold out three years in a row and gathered hundreds of teachers, parents, students, and staffs of KIS, Jazz Night provides unforgettable musical performances by skilled performers and fine dining by amazing catering. This year, TRI-M held the Greatest Jazz Night, themed after the movie The Greatest Showman, at the conference hall on the 9th of March, 2018 from 6pm to 8pm. The hall was packed with audience members, exciting atmosphere, and most importantly, the jazzy energy.
“Jazz Night is one of our few tangible remnants of KIS legacy that not only musicians but also staff and general student body have been participating in for the past several years. Jazz Night is the epitome of student-led passion. I believe we cannot achieve progression without having an extent of authentic passion fueling inside us. We can see this through Jazz Night, as we witness from Tri-M members sacrificing days and nights to successfully facilitate this event to student jazz musicians practicing behind the scenes almost every day after school to give one of the most thrilling nights of the year.
Great food, great music, great night. Yes, seems like the best yet also the easiest night to pull off.
But if there’s one thing to be learned from this annual legacy, it is that this night is successful not only because of the talent, but because of pure the hard work that set up the stage..the stage that allows the night to shine in the spotlight.” (Matthew Kim ‘18)
First and foremost, what is jazz? There is a tremendous variety in jazz, but in most cases, it is a highly rhythmic style of music with a forward momentum, often referred to as the “swing”. Jazz musicians place high means in finding their own distinct style to interpret sounds with a color. This genre of music can express many different emotions and powerful voices. Developed in the United States in the early 20th century, Jazz continued to seek from life experiences and to speak from human emotions in a creative manner. Indeed, jazz has been one of the most outstanding contributions to the art of music.
In attempt to introduce and reinforce the rather less popular music genre to the school community, TRI-M came together to organize the big annual event. For months, members have been designing posters, arranging dinner, and contacting performers. This year, unsurprisingly, the night was definitely a success. Despite the slight decrease in ticket sales compared to that of last year due to SAT testing the very next day, the strong promotion allowed many people to become aware of such an event.
The performers included the jazz band, acapella singers, and our very own choir director, Mr. Brown. Some of the notable performances by the acapella singers were “You’re Still a Young Man” by Tower of Power and “Sway” by Cat Dolls. The middle and high school jazz band presented astounding performances with breathtaking solos.
All performances were greeted and appreciated with warm applause. What’s more, even the parents gave positive feedback regarding the overall event. Thank you for coming, and we hope to see you again next year!
-Jennie Yeom (’20)