Jazz Composer's Session kicks off at HR-57

The inaugural Jazz Composer's Session at HR-57 was held on Jan. 7, 2013. Thanks to all who came out, those who brought tunes and those who came to listen. Though the crowd was a bit light, it was musically a great success. Beautiful tunes were brought in by vocalist Clynt Hyson, saxophonist Perry Conticchio and bassist Nathan Kawaller, in addition to tunes by Forward Jazz Collective members Peter Fraize, Jon Ozment, Herman Burney, Jr. and Greg Holloway.

The evening began with the FJC performing pianist Ozment's "Open Start," a straight-ahead minor blues-based burner:

Next up was "A Step Toward Grace," saxophonist Fraize's homage to the legendary DC venue One Step Down, followed by bassist Burney's tribute to the late great Keter Betts, "Best of the Betts." The set was closed out with another dedication, "Sir Jones," drummer Holloway's salute to Elvin Jones:  

After the break, Clynt Hyson sat in with his instrumental tune "Moonlight Samba." It's a lovely tune with nice changes and a tricky form. Thank goodness Clynt, on shaker, was there to sing the melody on the bridge while the rest of us drove straight into the river on the head in! Perry Conticchio then brought up the first of two tunes, "Whuze Bluze," a very cool whole-tone inspired blues:

Nathan Kawaller sat in next with his beautiful and intense (and untitled) jazz waltz. Nathan stayed on the bandstand and Perry joined in on Fraize's moody "Sub Terra":

After a short break, Perry Brought up his second tune of the evening, "Determination," which has a nice open modal blowing section and some very hip transitional sections. The night ended with FJC members playing Holloway's beautiful ballad "Secrets":

We're looking forward to next month's session on Feb. 4. We hope to see some new faces and can't wait to hear some great new music!

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