“When you believe, signs turn up everywhere.” ~ Unknown
I went into the office today. If one parks in one of the nearby medal lots (Gold, Silver, or Bronze), one has the opportunity to walk past the Fine Arts building where the band rehearses. One of the things I’ve always loved about fall on campus is the bands, not just the marching band, but the jazz bands, too. Sometimes, like today, they leave the door cracked so you can really hear them. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned that I’ve been listening to a ton of jazz this summer, but hey, I’ve been listening to a ton of jazz this summer. I was never much of a fan, but boy howdy, has that turned around this year. I discovered Jaco Pastorius back in June and now I can’t get enough of him. Bass players always tout him as a bass god. I never quite understood the praise until I heard his solo recordings this summer. You’ve probably heard him with Joni Mitchell or Weather Report of the half dozen other acts he did sessions for or toured with, but his solo recordings are absolutely transcendent for me. Here’s a set from the 1982 Montreal Jazz Fest for example. And while the UK Jazz Band isn’t Jaco or Miles Davis or Coltrane, they’re awesome and they’re trying and they gave me a thrill just walking by. Give them a listen with the link below. And how about the crosswalk into the Fine Arts building? Pretty crafty, eh?