From the 2022 San Diego Jazz Party

The San Diego Jazz Party celebrated its 33rd year with a dynamic return featuring many of the “World’s Leading Jazz Musicians”! Held at the beautiful Hilton Del Mar on February 25 to 27, it was indeed a PARTY! With the previous event in 2020, many of the musicians had not seen or played with each other since then and their enthusiastic smiles and embraces spoke thousands of grateful words. I attended the Master Classes on the Friday afternoon and two high schools sent several busloads of music students. Jean-Paul (JP) Balmat is the acclaimed Music Director at Mission Bay High School and participated in the student activities in prior years. Chaz Cabrera is the Jazz Band Director at the San Diego School for Creative & Performing Arts. The students gathered in separate rooms designated for their instrument and had a ninety minute session with a master musician. Dan Barrett (tb) had his large group use the classic “Joe Avery’s Blues” with a round-robin technique so that one trombone can interplay with the others and improvise on the spot. One student with a violin joined this group and Dan was visibly impressed with her knowledge of the chord changes needed for that instrument to accompany the brass. Eddie Metz Jr. (dr) went through the various known beats on the bass, snare and cymbals including the shuffle beat, rock & roll beat, Bossa Nova, 2/4 and several other
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