De Pere, WI

Mar 10 2003

I’m in an Evolution of Jazz class. It was the most interesting-sounding GS10 course available. One day this trombone dude by the name of Paul McKee, from the apparently-famous Woody Herman band, came to talk to us. He told us about struggling as a jazz musician, and then jammed a bit with our professor and a few members of the SNC Jazz Band. It was neat, but not nearly as cool as the End-of-the-World final concert of Nihon University’s Jazz & Fusion club at last year’s culture festival. I’ll never forget those folks stomping around the tiny little makeshift coffee house, yelling, playing, and crying that this was the last time they’d ever all play together. That kind of thing’ll blow your mind.