Jazz At Bucknell Continues This Wednesday


I'll admit this: I haven't always been the biggest fan of Jazz.  It is an expansive genre of music that has dominated the radio of my Dad's car since I could barely stand on my own two feet.  But I can't help but be excited for what (and more specifically, who) is coming to Bucknell this Wednesday, as the Jazz at Bucknell series continues. The Jerry Granelli Trio, a dynamic and engaging jazz group comprised of Briggan Krauss on the saxophone, J. Anthony Granelli on the bass, and Jerry Granelli on the drums, will be paying a special visit to Bucknell.  But it is not just their visit that is special, it is how they perform that is also worth noting.  You see, in the age of iPod playlists and Spotify/Pandora radio stations, we don't really get exposure to music that is being improvised on the spot.  But this is precisely what the Jerry Granelli Trio is going to bring to Bucknell -- live improvisation.  The group's namesake, Jerry, spoke on the topic of improvisation, and here is what he had to say:

“One reason why people like improvised music is that it’s a direct reflection of life, not something we thought up. It scares you…makes you think you’re going to die for a moment…do you have the courage to play? Can I move out of my desires and wants, and into compositional choices?”

jerry-graneli-jazz-2 Beyond the improvisation, we can look forward to a truly intimate performance this Wednesday, thanks very much to the venue, one of the University's most classic buildings, Bucknell Hall.  Phil Haynes, the series' producer and host, was particularly excited about the combination of the Trio with the venue.  When we sat down in 7th St. Cafe to chat about this event, and the Jazz series as a whole, he had described Bucknell Hall as having acoustics that were, "incredibly live, warm, inviting, and intimate."  And when I pressed him to describe this particular event in three words, he responded with, "acoustic, twisted, and unexpected."

Now, I know what you might be thinking: "I've never heard of these guys, why should I go see them?"  Well, dear reader, here are several reasons why.

  • 1. These guys have worked on the cutting edge of the jazz scene for a very long time.  
  • 2. This performance, with its improvisational base, will never happen again.  Each performance is different in a crucial way.
  • 3. The combination of the intimate venue (Bucknell Hall) and the masterful musicianship of the trio should make for an unforgettable night. 
  • 4. It is totally free! 

So, if you're a jazz fan already, get to Bucknell Hall next Wednesday night at 8:30.  And if you're not a jazz fan?  Give it a try!  You never know, you might really enjoy it.  For the four reasons mentioned above, I wouldn't be surprised if you did.

More information

Jazz at Bucknell is always held on the first Wednesday of every month.  The event will begin at 8:30 p.m. and is expected to last until around 10 p.m.  There are two more concerts coming up this semester -- one on April 3rd and the other on May 1st.  Phil Haynes, a professor here at Bucknell, has been coordinating this Series for over nine seasons.  Phil's accomplishments are extensive -- he is definitely someone that you should get to know while you're here at Bucknell.