WEST ORANGE, NJ - On Tuesday, Feb. 24, Liberty Middle School held West Orange's 13th annual Evening of Jazz. The concert featured jazz ensembles from Edison Middle School, Roosevelt and Liberty Middle Schools and West Orange High School. The Evening of Jazz was made possible thanks to the work of the Board of Education, Administration, and Music Boosters. In addition, the Evening of Jazz helped to collect donations for the Philip Augustin Humanitarian Award Fund, an award given to a graduating senior that embodies the qualities of Philip Augustin (Class of ’02).
The night began with a performance of Sonnymoon for Two by the Edison Central-Six Jazz Band, directed by Joe Romano. They gave way to the Roosevelt Roughrider Jazz Band, who played two pieces, one of which was a medley of songs by the band Queen. Both pieces had announced (and very talented) soloists.
Following the Rough Riders came the Liberty Middle school Jazz band, led by David Rimelis. They featured a rendition of James Brown’s I Feel Good, which included many solos and an upbeat feeling that captured the essence of the song.
West Orange High School’s Jazz Band, which is split into two groups, then played beginning with Jazz II. They played Night Train, Uncharted Territory, and Area 51. Jazz I, directed by Lewis C. Kelly, and played In a Mello Tone, I remember Clifford, and Us. Jazz I, which also featured solos by Chris Sanchez on Flugelhorn, Nick Mongelli on piano, TJ Springer on Trombone, and the entirety of the saxophone section.
Jacob Munoz is a student at West Orange High School participating in a journalism program with TAP.