Friday, June 24
8.00 A.M. - JAZZ IMPROVISATION COMPETITION FINALS
with the 2005 Conference Rhythm Section
Grand Hotel Vimarnkeaw Room
Alex Nguyen, Brynn Rector, Etienne Charles
Kari Brooks, reporter
There is no limit to the imagination, and that was the case throughout the 2005 Improvisation Competition Finals. Brad Goode, coordinator of the competition, welcomed the audience and introduced this years judges, Pat Harbison (Indiana University), Rustem Galiullin (Bangkok, Thailand), and Rex Richardson (Virginia Commonwealth University).
Brynn Rector (University of Denver, Lamont School of Music, teacher- Al Hood) was the first competitor to perform and played Stella by Starlight by Victor Young. She represented female trumpeters well as she closed her eyes and soloed with great poise. Next up was Etienne Charles (Florida State University, USA, teacher- Brian Goff and Scotty Barnhart), whose stage presence and pure energy was enjoyable for all who braved the early morning hour! His dazzling fingers and fantastic style was stunning as he navigated his way around the horn like a pro. Alex Nguyen (University of North Florida, USA, teacher- Brian Urso) changed things up a little bit by performing a sweet ballad on the flugelhorn. His warm tone filled the room as he creatively soloed.
The three finalists shined as they each took the stage. And with the support of the fabulous rhythm section (piano, bass, and drums) providing excellent back up, the finalists were sure to have made a musical connection with each person in the audience. Bravo!
Brad Goode University of Colorado
Dr. John Davis University of Colorado
Tom Klatka Woody Herman Orchestra
Pat Harbison Indiana University
Rustem Galiullin Bangkok, Thailand
Rex Richardson Virginia Commonwealth University
Etienne Charles Florida State University, USA, Teacher Brian Goff and Scotty Barnhart
Alex Nguyen - University of North Florida, USA, teachesr - Jim Daniel & Brian Urso - Like Someone in Love - Triste and You Stepped Out of a Dream
Brynn Rector - University of Denver, Lamont School of Music USA, - Teacher - Al Hood
Stella By Starlight
The Competitors will each play a selection given to them at the conference