article from the Peterborough Transcript August 1, 2002 - Daniel Barlow)
Jazz Reflects Life, Feelings
got a look into the world and sounds of jazz music and how it reflects back
to their own lives. "Jazz is like life", Kolodny said, before
the duo's first performance. He said his impromptu speech is similar to
how he improvises when playing jazz music on his saxophone. "I'm making
up the words as I go, just as I also make up the music as I go."
"Collaborating on jazz music is like having a conversation with another
person." While Kolodny played his sax, Pierce listened to the tune
and then responded by singing a string of nonsense words, while Kolodny
put down his instrument and listened to her. The nonsense words, which sound
like a human voice imitating an instrument, is a style called scat singing,
explained Pierce. The style was created by jazz great Louie Armstrong when
he couldn't remember the words to a song.
After their performance
of the Gershwin tune, Summertime, Kolodny asked the audience what
kind of feeling the music evoked for them. Calming, soothing, mellow, groovy
and whimsical were all answers they recieved. "When we play jazz, we
let all of our feelings go through the music," Kolodny said.
and changing the tune is a large part of jazz music," Pierce said.
"Playing jazz is like making a sandwich, with the bread being the tune
and all the 'tasty stuff' inside the sandwich being the music that is made
up in the moment. Just as a person may eat a different kind of sandwich
each day, a jazz musician often changes the music around to reflect his
or her mood. We'll change it around to reflect what we are feeling at the