WESTFIELD, NJ – Instrumental and vocal jazz ensembles from Westfield High School, along with Edison and Roosevelt intermediate schools, entertained family and friends at Saturday evening’s “Jazz Under the Stars” concert.

The student group Roosevelt Afternoon Ramble, along with the school’s jazz combo and Edison’s Jazz Band performed outside in the high school’s outdoor courtyard, before rain moved the remainder of the show inside to the cafeteria where audience members enjoyed appetizers and desserts while listening to an evening of jazz.

“This is a wonderful event,” said Liz Mulholland, whose son, John, performed with a high school jazz ensemble. “I’m glad to see the community coming out to see these kids perform.”

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Inside, the Roosevelt Intermediate School Jazz Big Band entertained the crowd.

Jay Berger’s son, Micah, performed with the ensemble: “They’re amazing,” Berger said.

“It’s well worth getting them to Roosevelt at 7 a.m. for rehearsals!” he added, jokingly.

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Sounding Off on the Show

“The best part of Jazz Under the Stars is that it’s a student-run event,” said Matt Paden, Band Council president and a high school senior. “We have students at the highest level and those just starting, and we all come together to play.”

Jasper Lemberg, Band Council vice president and also a Westfield High School senior, also enjoyed the evening.

“It’s great to have all of these groups come together. It’s really a great atmosphere,” Lemberg said.

Band Council Secretary Mary-Joy Sidhom emphasized the community aspect of the evening.

“It’s not like a traditional concert, which is nice,” Sidhom said. “Alumni come back for the event, and everyone can be social while listening to the great music.”

Linda Habgood, whose son, senior Andrew Zanfagna, performed as part of the high school vocal ensemble Choraleers, enjoyed having instrumental and vocal music groups perform together.

“It’s so nice to see the music programs come together,” said Habgood, who is a councilwoman.

The Choraleers performed several numbers with the high school’s Jazz I ensemble before the evening concluded with the intermediate and high school instrumental groups performing a rendition of the Beatles’ “Hey Jude” together.

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