Lovejoy Jazz Band Anticipates Collaborative Concert

Lovejoy Jazz Band Anticipates Collaborative Concert

On May 6, the Lovejoy High School auditorium will be steeped with the sounds of jazz. Paul Heuer, Lovejoy ISD Director of Bands, describes the joint concert that includes the Lovejoy Jazz Band, Sal Lozano (member of the Grammy award winning Big Phat Band) and The Texas Instruments Jazz Band, “We are playing a big band jazz concert with Sal Lozano as our soloist. When we finish the first half of the program, the TI band will come on stage and play their own selections and then more with Sal.” Lovejoy Jazz Band will play their three “war horse” pieces for the year, plus three pieces picked from what Lozano sent them to play with him. They will also play a fun piece with the TI band at the end which will include everyone on stage together.

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There are 20 members in the Lovejoy Jazz band who rehearse every day for their concerts. Heuer said, “The prep for this concert started in early March with our own concert tunes. We added in the new tunes we will play with Sal in April, and will continue to refine in May leading to the concert.” During this concert, each piece the Lovejoy Jazz Band performs will feature student soloists using improvisation techniques.

Lozano is based in Los Angeles. He has recorded with Paul McCartney, Natalie Cole, John Legend, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga and many more. He can also be heard on numerous soundtracks including Incredibles 2, Straight Outta Compton, La La Land, Sing, Joy and many more. He is currently a professor of Saxophone at California State University Long Beach and conducts clinics and master classes across the country. He is also a clinician for Disney’s Performing Arts Workshops at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA as well as Disney’s All American College Band at Disneyland.

The Texas Instruments Jazz Band is a full 18-piece Big Band organized through the Texins Association (Dallas, Texas) of Texas Instruments. Membership is open to all people eligible for Texins Association membership. The band is a non-profit organization and all earnings are used to support the operating expenses of the band. The band has musicians from numerous organizations across Texas Instruments. Almost everyone played in high school and/or college and is glad to have an outlet to continue to study and play jazz.

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Two years ago, Paul Westbrook, who is the organizer of the TI Band and lives in the area, reached out to Heuer with the idea of the TI Jazz Band performing with the Lovejoy Jazz Band. Westbrook played with Lozano in the past and suggested the idea of inviting him to play with them this year. Last year’s guest performer was trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis.  Heuer said, “This event is a partnership with the TI Band to combine our audiences and bring in a soloist of a world renowned level.  The funds raised from the ticket sales pay for the guest artist.”

Lovejoy Jazz Band members Joel Reaves (junior) and Kyle Easley (junior) share what they believe the audience will enjoy when attending the performance and what their favorite aspect of the concert is. Reaves, who plays the trumpet, said, “I think that the audience will enjoy the Lovejoy Jazz Band, the TI Jazz Band and Sal Lozano all performing together. My favorite part of this concert is getting to play with the TI Band and the very talented guest artist.” Easley, who plays the trombone, said, “The part of the concert the audience will enjoy the most is getting to hear our guest artist, Sal Lozano play.  He’s an amazing sax player. My favorite part is when the Lovejoy Jazz Band gets to come on stage with the TI Band for the finale and we play a piece together. “

Heuer said, “I love sharing the stage with guests from outside the school and exposing the kids to big names and talents.  Most people listen to these performers on recordings, not rehearse with them and perform in concerts with them, especially in high school!” He feels the audience will be surprised by Lozano’s level of talent, “Sal will be amazing. Even locally, no one plays quite like him. His playing is at another level of what you could go out and hear in the area on a given night.” If you attended last year’s concert, this year will be different in that there will be new music and new soloist. Heuer said, “All of our concerts offer a very diverse mix of music and styles.”

The concert will be held May 6, at 7 p.m.  in the Lovejoy High School auditorium (2350 Estates Pkwy, Lucas 75002)  Tickets are $10 for students and $20 for adults. Tickets can be purchased at enerjazz.com/jazz. 

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