appreciate it, they gave his raw and gut- teral songs a hearty ovation. This was n one of Dazey's most successful pearances but it was one of his greatest. On their first time before a large audience, Mark Davis and Andy Ave! showed how two fine solo performers can be balanced to create beautirul harmonic duets. To me Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel were the personification of great balance and solo talent. I see in these two young men the roots of such talent. Their weaknesses now are from borrowing the styles of other, better known singers, rather than using their personal talents which are great, if de- veloped correctly. His hands trembled , the beads of per- speration were thick on his face , his usually mellow voice now cracked through excitement and nervousness. Sal Macaluso cleared his throat, looked up from his piano and stared into the over- flow crowd packing Upton Auditorium and said, "You don't scare me". After the applause there came some of the greatest music ever heard in those hallowed halls of Upton. The SUCB Jazz Quintet gave a sampling of what was to come when the entire JAZZ ENSEMBLE was to play at the close of the show. The Quintet played charts that let each individual performer stand out as a solo artist. There was doube in the minds of the audience t each of the performers in the Quintet wa~ feeling the music and the excited mood of the audience, and that combination made for some great improvizations by the musicians. The finale of the festival was marked by the performance of the SUCB JAZZ ENSEMBLE, whose opening and closing numbers received standing ovations. It was a refreshing change to experience the informality of Jazz, the resounding ap- plause at good solo improvization , the good humor when a mistake was made. It's no exageration to say we have one of the finest jazz bands at ANY college, any- where . The Ensemble did charts from Stan Kenton and Buddy Rich and other jazz greats. The balance was profound, the bones, the trumpets the saxes, per- cussion and piano and bass were together to put on a great show for the student predominated audience. The real star of the show, however, was the guest ap• pearance of Mr. Robert Laduca doing his unique act ... an imitation of the letter R, which was done to perfection and to uproarious laughter and applause from the R fans in the house. All in all, a great night of fun and entertainment. For those who were there, sorry, you missed a great night, lets hope "The Coming of Spring" will not be a one time thing but is repeated every year about this time to dispel the cruel blues of winter.
ONE NIGHT IN THE LIFE OF UPTON AUDITORIUM Sunday, March 12, was a good night for music on campus. In the Gym, the Bar Kays and company shook the house and brought excited applause and whoops from the audience. lt was a good pro• fessional performance with top key professionals th1illing the audience with their talents. While the Bar Kays shook the New Gym, there was a little something going on over in Upton Auditorium. There was born a unique experience, Spring was in the air and on state and in the pit and most of all, in the 500+ people who packed the auditorium and cheered the performers and ended the show with a standing ovation. "The Coming of Spring" • a music fes- tival, was the brainchild of Sal Macaluso · pianist of the Jazz Ensemble and Ron Mendola · trumpeter in the same organ• ization. These two musicians turned p10ducer-directors conceived the idea to present Spring when the plans to hold Casting Hall's Multi-Media festival were dropped due to lack of support. Macaluso and , Mendola decided to fill the void left my Multi-Media with an all campus music festival with just the musical media being displayed. Music Board supplied the money and some direction but it was these two musicians who should receive credit for whatever success the Festival achieved. The show opened with the Mount Sinai Young Adult Gospel Choir, who were making a stand in appearance for the SUCB Gospel Choir who had to drop
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out of the festival due to prior com- mitments. The Young Adults Choir was an exciting group of 14 singers and pianist, they were a welcome addition to our campus musicians at the festival. The only weakness in their presentation was the natural one of poor timing as a group, due , no doubt, to the few reooarsals a church choir is forced to have. A new innovation in jazz virtuosity was displayed on the amplified harp, " Ten Past Two", was played in variations by Marilyn Berger and accompanied by acoustic bass and snare. Her number seemed wll rehersed and was well pre- sented. I hope to hear more of Miss Berger's talent in the future. = Jody Magazzo , a tower III resident, brought her own ensemble to support her in three solo numbers. Miss Magazzo is a professional singer with quite a few club dates to her credit. In her style of pre- sentation Jody has a few flaws but she creates a mood in the audience, which tends to overcome her shortcomings. With a little more time and experience behind her, Miss Magazzo will be a truly fine performer. A special look should be given to a singer who exemplified my idea of a performer. J . David Dazey, a folk-rock singer, who had been very ill the week prior to the festival, refused the advice of friends and festival personnel and per- formed in the festival even though ill. "He had given his commitment and he stuck to it," said the festival's stage man- ager . The audience seemed also to
STR'AIT 23 MAR H 1972
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