The Oberlin Review

Claytons Add Spark to Strong OJE Concert

Claytons Add Spark to Strong OJE Concert

March 13, 2015

John Clayton must be a magician. There is no other way to explain the effortless precision with which the jazz icon played his mesmerizing bass solos at the Oberlin Jazz Ensemble concert last Friday evening. After being introduced to the audience at Finney Chapel by ensemble director Dennis Reynolds, Clayton — clad in a peach button-down and matching tie patterned with images of basses — appeared from behind a black blockade. With a genuine grin slapped across his face, he stepped through a band...

Fall OJE Concert Features Virtuosic, Lively Soloists

Fall OJE Concert Features Virtuosic, Lively Soloists

November 14, 2014

The Oberlin Jazz Ensemble’s first concert of the year opened with a duel. Trombonist and Conservatory senior Lawrence Galloway and trumpeter and College junior Simon Gilbert stunned audience members with a fierce musical battle at the finale of Ben Patterson’s “No, I Don’t Fly Planes,” their notes screaming out into the resonant acoustics of Finney Chapel. Indeed, Saturday’s concert featured strident individual solos and cohesive ensemble playing that thrilled students and parents alike. The...

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