I believe there is nothing in the world that can inspire, impress, or evoke emotion quite like live music, and there is not a type of music that can heat up the body and soul on a crisp Denver night like the sounds of warms jazz bouncing off the walls of a venue.
The concert that I attended was the metro state jazz combos at the recital hall inside the king center on campus. The concert consisted of 6 combos, or groups of musicians, which each group playing a set that lasted around 20 minutes. From the seconded I walked in I felt a sense of comfort and well being, The atmosphere inside was very relaxed; especially since the weather outside was neither seasonal nor comfortable. The first thing I saw when I sat down was traditional band instrumentation set up. Drums, guitars, microphones or vocals, and pianos.
All the musicians as well as the audience were dressed very casually giving off that very relaxed and content feel to the performance. The bands did not interact with the audience too often but when they did it was very friendly and intimate. This was my first ever jazz concert and it was a very rewarding experience. It was very cool to see how our culture enjoys watching live music. Everybody who was at that concert was there to watch the bands because they enjoyed the music. The performance was definitely not “popular music” and the amount of people that were there really said something about how our society relishes live music and music as an art.
I believe we have concerts and operas because, to our society, music is a very personal affair that evokes emotions and is not only very entertaining but beautiful as an art form as well. I’ve been to countless rock shows, a symphony, one opera, and just lately I’ve been to a jazz concert and I feel that each one has had a profound influence on my life and my view of music. Experiences that I believe everybody should have the pleasure of enjoying.