Burnett Thompson and Friends in Concert
November 25, 2011
*Wang Yi Ni, vocal ; Wang Lei Lei, vocal, *Wang Jian Qiao, erhu; *Song Wen Yue, erhu; Tom Smith, trombone and Jazz Department Director; *You Peng Wei, *Zhou Yu, *Xu Ying Ying, percussion (* students at Ningbo University)
Listen to the entire concert:
Take 5 composer: Dave Brubeck
The Little Sack Wang Yi Ni, vocal; Tom Smith, Trombone; Trad Chinese melody, arr. Burnett Thompson
Er Quan Ying Yue Song Wen Yue, erhu; Tom Smith, Trombone; Composer: (A Bing) Hua Yanjun
Take the A Train Composer: Duke Ellington
Gentle Rain Wang Jian Qiao, erhu; Tom Smith, Trombone; Composer: Luis Bonfa
Shakespeare: Sonnet 66 Wang LeiLei, vocal; Song Wen Yue, erhu; Composer: Burnett Thompson
I’ve got it Bad and that Ain’t Good Tom Smith, Trombone; Composer: Duke Ellington
Shakespeare: Sonnet 154 Wang LeiLei, vocal; Song Wen Yue, erhu; Composer: Burnett Thompson
Groovin’ High Tom Smith, Trombone; Composer: Dizzy Gillespie
Nice Work if you can Get it Composer: George Gershwin
Sai Ma Wang Jian Qiao, erhu; Trad. Chinese melody arr. Burnett Thompson
When the Saints Go Marching Trad. American Melody
Georgia on My Mind Hoagy Carmichael
Ningbo Radio: A one-hour live interview and performance with trombonist Tom Smith and Burnett Thompson. A short audio clip in which Burnett explains things in Mandarin Chinese.
above: In Concert Nov. 25, B.T. and Wang Jian Qiao in concert; Tom Smith, Wang Yi Ni, B.T.
I met Yu Hui at Shenyang Normal University last year, and after his arrival as Dean of the School of Arts at Ningbo University, he suggested I come to the school and participate in his new jazz program. Hence two weeks of teaching, rehearsals, lectures, and performances, including the “American Jazz Music Week” (美国爵士音乐周). The Jazz week included 6 performances, including a student concert, a couple of presentations by the remarkable trombonist Professor Tom Smith, my own lecture on Chinese & American music histories, and concluded with a big concert hosted by your truly. From a personal perspective, this was one of the biggest highlights of 9 tours in China, and I have Yu Hui to thank for this rewarding experience.
My goal as expressed to Yu Hui was to present the jazz piano course in Mandarin Chinese. He in turn set up a daily two hour class, followed by two hours of rehearsals every day. I conducted these sessions entirely in Chinese, with the generous assistance of the students who helped me with the technical vocabulary and general pronunciations.
The highlight of the trip was my Introduction to Jazz Piano Class, which included 12 students. We met every day for 2 hours. A close second was the two-hour daily rehearsals with a pair of erhu players and two singers.
Above: Yu Hui; jazz piano class: 张大卫,朱佳，周琳， 周舒怡， 尤鹏玮，聂小涵，温馨，罗洁，，袁金宝，温馨 周余 徐莹莹, B.T., not present: 李化阳; Prof. Yang, translator Xin Chen, Prof. Zhong, Tom Smith, translator Ke Jin, B.T.; Concert: Wang Lei Lei, B.T., Song Wen Yue