Riverside Jazz was formed two years after Band on the Bow. Many of the members of Riverside Jazz also play in Band on the Bow on the same or a different instrument. This jazz band is of the genre known as a “big band”. There are about 18 players, including alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, trombones, trumpets and the rhythm section of keyboard, bass guitar, and percussion.
Riverside Jazz rehearsals
Under the direction of Adam Mailman:
- Wednesday evenings
8:45 – 10:30pm
Bow Valley High School music room
Rehearsals immediately follow Band on the Bow rehearsals which facilitates the players who attend both ensembles.
Riverside Jazz plays music at about Grade 3 jazz level and offers a new challenge to those who have might have only played in concert band.
The music includes swing, latin, rock and straight ahead jazz.
As well as the full CMS concerts, Riverside Jazz hosts the Big Band Dance each June. Two other bands join us to provide non-stop music and the crowd dances all night!One of the most challenging elements of jazz is improvisation. Playing solo and making up the music as you go takes super concentration!