Upcoming @ Doo-Bop

23Jul2:00 pmSwinging Sundays with the Ingrid James Quartet and Paul Armstrong

23Jul7:30 pmFeaturedBradley McCarthy Quintet

24Jul7:30 pmKINDRED (Katie Noonan & Zac Hurren) Presents: The Ben Hauptmann Trio

25Jul7:30 pmJoshua Hatcher Quartet

26Jul7:30 pmThe Eagle Street Group (Quartet)

27Jul7:30 pmThe Kendall Layt Quartet

28Jul7:30 pmDavid Bentley Trio Presents A Special Guest

29Jul7:30 pmStep It Up

30Jul2:00 pmSwinging Sundays with the Ingrid James Quartet and a Special Guest

30Jul7:30 pmPaula Girvan Trio

31Jul7:30 pmKINDRED (Katie Noonan & Zac Hurren) Presents: Macklin/Wallace

What Makes Jazz So Cool?

In a word – improvisation.

Setting up the theme of a jazz performance is like setting up a musical base camp. Once this is established at the beginning of the piece, each musician is free to wander off to explore – but always, eventually, returning to base. Variations on the theme. The heart of jazz.

It’s the goal of each musician in a jazz band to take you with them on their improvised journey; to show you how they do it. And then, of course, to bring you back from the wilds of their imagination to the others at base camp; back to the theme – a little wiser and a little more fulfilled each time.

To experience jazz live is to experience the music being created before your very eyes and ears. Miles Davis called it “the birth of the cool”. And he was right…