Bossa nova makes its way into jazz concert

May 6, 2013 Community Print Print

Some call it the dance of love. Others think of it as easy-listening music.

No matter the label, the bossa nova sound will permeate the atmosphere in the Bruce Owen Theater on campus Thursday, May 9.

The second jazz concert of the semester will feature this Brazilian sound when musicians take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Music Professor Michael Boyle will conduct the concert, comprised of three OCCC music majors.

The concert will feature bossa nova classics from the 1920s, ’30s, ’60s, as well as a new song from the 1990s.

Brazilian music on the program includes “Garota do Ipanema” (“The Girl from Ipanema”), and “Preciza Dizer te Amo” (“I Must Say That I Love You”).

Boyle said he picked these particular songs to reflect the addition of a new band member.

“His sound reminds me [a little] of Stan Getz, a famous American jazz saxophone player who ‘discovered’ and popularized bossa nova for us Norte Americanos.”

The three performers will be Stanley Hall on tenor saxophone, Zach Lebo on bass and Jared Bross on guitar.

Hall has played jazz music for eight years, but this is his first semester in the OCCC jazz band, Boyle said. Lebo is a third-year veteran, and Bross joined the band last semester.

“Jazz has many genres,” Hall said. “But we will be playing bossa nova music. This is typically background jazz music that can be heard in elevators.”

This genre of music will be catchy and may be familiar to many.

Boyle summed up jazz in a couple of sentences.

“Jazz differs from nearly all other forms of Western music in that it features extensive use of improvisation,” he said. “While we expect Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony to sound exactly the same every time, we expect jazz to sound different every time.

“That’s one of the things that I love about jazz; the interactive nature and the interplay between musicians.”

Boyle said he has a passion for the jazz band because he has grown up playing jazz. He began playing jazz music in 1975 when he was in ninth grade.

“Teaching is a way to pass it on to the students,” he said.

The show is free to everyone.

For more information, contact Boyle at

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