by Sheema Golbaba
Rehearsals are underway for the Harvard Jazz Band celebration of its 40th anniversary April 7-10. Thomas G. Everett started the group in 1971, and Harvard jazz programs grew like a hot riff until 1976, jazzed jammed with the Office for the Arts. Everett is still at the helm -- as director of bands (catch him in action April 9) as well as jazz advisor to the OFA.
Today, Harvard's jazz programs encompass two undergraduate jazz ensembles. Students enjoy rich opportunities, abundant with improvisational experience such as the annual Jazz Masters in Residency in which professional musicians collaborate with undergraduate students. What's more: Students make time to play local gigs and also study jazz's history, styles and literature.
But what does jazz really mean to these students? Andrew Katzenstein '13, Alex Rezzo '11, and Keith Doelling '11 (concentrators in English, economics, and psychology, respectively) discuss both their backgrounds in jazz and what the music style means to them.