J.S. ‘Jazzy’ Bach?
J.S. Bach is known for an almost mathematical precision and accuracy in his compositions. So it’s surprising that his works also appeal to Jazz musicians who play the most fluid of all musical styles. John Lewis, an American Jazz pianist, played with Bach-style fugues in his improvisations with the Modern Jazz Quartet. The late Dave Brubeck – who began his day by listening to Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos – noted that Bach “must have been a tremendous improvisor” as he would improvise in church on Sundays. Jazz pianist Fern Lindzon also finds inspiration in the music of Bach as her performances move freely and easily between jazz standards, Brazilian melodies, klezmer instrumentals, classic pop and Yiddish folk songs.
Come hear how Bach the innovator drives Lindzon’s passion for jazz at the Bach festival this July! www.bachfestival.ca
Written by Erin Pettit, Bach Volunteer Extraordinaire