The Jazz Jam
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G | 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200
Bridget was recently a featured artist at a weekly Jazz Jam here in San Francisco! It was pretty exciting for her to be able to sing for about half an hour straight with a very talented band.
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G | 1/80 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G | 1/640 sec, f/1.4, ISO 800
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G | 1/400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 800
Each of us has our own creative passions. For me for course, it’s visual art through photography. Bridget’s creative outlet is music. She studied musicology and jazz vocal performance in college, and now enjoys writing her own music as well as jamming with other jazz artists.
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G | 1/200 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1600
Jazz is a fascinating art form. There’s a lot of improvisation involved, and yet each band member cooperates to ensure harmony. If you watch carefully, you can see the band members communicate with one another. Sometimes, it’s a simple nod to another player, letting him know he’s up for his solo. Other times, it’s a hand signal or some other cue.
The beauty of a jazz ensemble is that a good band doesn’t necessarily need to rehearse beforehand. In this case, Bridget simply handed the band a set of charts that let them know what chords are involved in the piece. Seconds before they’d start a song, she’d snap her fingers and count her desired tempo, and they’d just go. No rehearsal, completely impromptu. It was amazing.
It’s always fascinating to see her work with a band. As a jazz vocalist, you don’t simply sing while the band follows your lead. You’re just another instrument in the ensemble. When jamming on the fly, you have to be aware of what’s happening within the band at every moment, and know how to communicate with the members during the song in order to execute certain portions of the piece at the right time. Bridget is completely in her element in this regard…I always find myself thinking “how in the world does she know what to do!!!?”
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G | 1/40 sec, f/1.4, ISO 5000
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G | 1/400 sec, f/2, ISO 800
It was a beautiful performance. Bridget sings a lot at home, but you can really see her passion ignite when she’s on stage with other Jazz musicians. Couldn’t be more proud =)