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, rhythm guitar and percussion.
Riverside Jazz rehearsals
Under the direction of Adam Mailman:
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.
As well as the full CMS concerts, Riverside Jazz hosts the Jazz Night each spring. Two other bands join us to provide non-stop music and the crowd enjoys the sold out shows!
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.
One of the most challenging elements of jazz is improvisation. Playing solo and making up the music as you go takes super concentration!