Improvisation

The Wynton Marsalis concert at the Bob Hope Theatre in downtown Stockton was a part of the week-long Brubeck Festival. Before the concert, honoring Marsalis’ New Orleans roots, the Blue Moon French Quarter Street Fair was held in the block in front the theater. For the fair, the street was closed off to traffic.

Several groups preformed for the gathered crowd, among them the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet. Members of the quintet are among the best and most talented young Jazz musicians in the country.

The current quintet, Adam Goldman on standup bass, saxophonists Thomas Kelley and Rane Roatta, drummer Malachi Whitson, and Paul Bloom on the electronic keyboard performed on a small stage on Main Street using a small generator to power the sound system.

In about the middle of their set, Bloom announced a song, an original composition that they were about to play. As soon as the last words left his lips, the generator quit on them, apparently out of gas. A few minutes passed as those in charge tried to figure out how to get power to the group but to no avail. Since the keyboard was the only instrument that needed electricity, the band decided to play a tune anyway. Bloom sat out as the rest of the band played a Brubeck tune (“The Duke”, I think).

Improvisation is a key element of Jazz, and with some quick thinking they improvised on the situation and the quintet became a quartet with barely a skip in the beat.

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