Thursday, March 10, 2022

Flagler Museum Season 2022 - Impressive Finally


Tuesday evening (3/8/22) The Palm Beach Flagler Museum wrapped up its' 2022 music series. I have talked about the series many times and have been a supporter from its inception. Palm Beach has many events that are geared to the South Florida winter season that provides entertainment for our seasonal "Snow Birds". The Music Series is one of the cultural highlights of the season.

The Music Series is a well-kept local secret as well.   

I mentioned in a post last week that the Museum tried something different this year, jazz. It was a roaring success in my opinion and I hope this becomes a permanent addition. I was talking with the Museum Director after the concert and she asked, "You want me to have a Jazz Series, don't you?"  "Why not", was my answer.   

Here is the description of last evening's six artist ensemble:

This distinguished faculty group from the Frost School of Music’s Department of Studio Music and Jazz (MSJ) includes multi-Grammy® Award winners, Guggenheim Fellows, MacArthur “genius grant” winners, celebrated recording artists and more; the prominence that the members of this group have achieved reflects the high standing achieved by the Frost School of Music’s acclaimed jazz program. Collectively, members of this group have recorded nearly 100 albums. The performance will include original compositions and arrangements by the ensemble members.

The Frost MSJ Faculty Sextet

Brian Lynch, trumpet
Etienne Charles, trumpet
Marcus Strickland, saxophone 
Martin Bejerano, piano
Charles Bergeron, bass
Dafnis Prieto, drums

The six accomplished jazz artists played six of their original recorded works.  During the six pieces each member was featured playing a mini-solo, showcasing the depth of their piece and individual talent. The all music professor ensemble has amazing camaraderie and stage presence. Incredible talent was showcased.   

What I like best about jazz is that the on-stage group seems to be having as much fun as the audience. That was certainly on display at this concert. Fun was shared all around.  Thank you Flagler Museum for this amazing concert and Music Series 2022.  

Frost School of Music’s Department of Studio Music and Jazz Ensemble
In the middle is Roe Green, The Music Series underwriter. 

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