Jazz music filled the FC Campus Theater on Tuesday, November 22. – Serving the Fullerton community since 1922


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Synergy Vocal Jazz and Jazz Lab Band gave an incredible performance on Tuesday, November 22.

Synergy started the evening under the direction of Glynis David who featured superb vocals from 10 singers and was joined by a rhythm section of four musicians.

The band started off with Stevie Wonder’s “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing”. The song began with the amazing viola singer Jessica Lemire. With the voices of soprano singers Gemma Castro and Valentia Bocca. They were also joined by alto singers Caitlyn Brandel and Jazelle Geotina.

Soprano Valentina Bocca performs solo with the band during the performance at the Fullerton Campus Theater on November 22. Photo credit: Neddie Facio

The rhythm section added great sound to vocals with Tina Park on piano, Miguel Partida on guitar, Cole Sainburg on bass, and Kaylah Ivey on drums.

Synergy continued the evening with their performance of “Within” by Daft Punk. The slow-paced 2013 song consisted of 10 vocalists, including tenor singers Elijah Nevarez and Christopher Salgado, as well as bassists Jesse Slatton, Paul Depaola and Owen Lee.

The song took a faster beat than the original and added high tempos and a drum machine to the arrangement. It was a great transition to their next song called “Jeanine” by Duke Pearson. This song featured the sopranos, as well as alto singer Caitlyn Brandel after the improv solo.

The band had a strong ending with Keb ‘Mo’ “Let It Shine”. It was an energetic performance with almost all of the singers jumping solo as the band sang and danced.

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Jazz Lab Band led by Chad Willis at the Fullerton Campus Theater on November 22. Photo credit: Neddie Facio

“Ending the night with that energy was awesome! It’s such a fun song to sing with the band. said bassist Paul Depaola.

Next on stage was Jazz Lab Band with great arrangements conducted by Chad Willis. The band seemed to really steal the show with their classic tracks.

The group performed the Sesame Street song titled “Bein ‘Green” by Joe Raposo. The song was originally performed by Kermit in the first season of “The Muppet Show”.

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Solo part for Lead Trombone Brendon Downs at the Fullerton Campus Theater on November 22. Photo credit: Neddie Facio

“I would like my trombone to sound like Kermit’s voice.” I was singing in my head all the time. explained trombonist Brendon Downs.

Tenor Don Kjawano stole the performance with his solo in “The 9:20 Special” by Spud Murphy and “A Child is Born” by Tad Jones.

Kawano stood confidently as he performed his solo during the show.

Sax solo

Tenor saxophonist Don Kawano solo during the performance at the Fullerton Campus Theater on November 22. Photo credit: Neddie Facio

“A Child is Born” was a short and sweet arrangement with soft music of trumpets and trombone as well as guitar, bass and drums.

It was the first time bassist Carlos Zagal had performed and he did an amazing job creating with the band.

Trumpeters Ricky Rodriguez, James Cuellar, Luis Hernandez and Reymundo Moreno were in sync from the back row as they scrambled throughout the show.

Guitar solo

Miguel Partida’s guitar solo during the performance at the Fullerton Campus Theater on November 22. Photo credit: Neddie Facio

The show ended with “April in Paris” by Duke / Harburg. The song ended in full force with powerful trumpets, trombones and drums.

“Enjoying classical music is just beautiful. It’s great to see everyone having a blast. exclaimed musician Jesse Soto.



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