The master class Portion of the day consisted of approximately 100 students and faculty, including drummers, percussionists, and various instruments used in the 5 jazz combos that performed for Mr. Riley. Groups performed classic and contemporary repertoire at beginning through advanced levels. Mr. Riley gave critique and suggestions for all aspects of performance and presentation, with ample use of demonstrations. Topics included rhythm section interaction, improvisation, ensemble support, and melodic interpretation. The evening's concert featured Mr. Riley with the NYSMF Jazz Faculty in recital with an audience of 300+.
John is one of the most inspiring and capable musicians and educators we've had at our festival. A true pleasure that we hope to repeat in the future.