The energy in the KNKX studios was evident just days from graduation for three of the Shorecrest High School Jazz Band's Allstar quintet. With their mentor, saxophonist Mark Taylor's guidance, the fellows found the groove and wouldn't let go.
Swinging rhythm met thoughtful solos and wide smiles from the band and our audience, as the bands director, Vince Caruso - in his 7th year at Shorecrest High, beamed with pride.
Modern jazz is surely familiar to these musicians, as they showed on Roy Hargrove's modern classic "Strasbourg/St. Denis", with smart, modern-pop influences decorating many of the solos. This band surely found it's groove.
The end of the school year may be bittersweet for the KNKX School of Jazz, but we're already getting excited to hear what new sounds await us in the coming year.
Zach Gordon-Sandweiss – trumpet, Jake Bentley – trombone, Lyle Hamm – piano, Hamoon Milaninia – bass, Zane Smith - drums