A small group of jazz enthusiasts and music lovers gathered as the Dave Wild Trio warmed up.
The concert, the second in a spring music series hosted by the Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Library, was held April 4 in honor of Jazz Appreciation Month.
Lisa Youngblood, library director, welcomed the audience and introduced the band.
The trio consisted of Dave Wild on keyboard and saxophone, Vince Bryce on double bass and electric bass, and Charles Burleson on drums and vocals.
Wild said performing in a library “was a perfect way of doing jazz.”
The trio played an eclectic mix of styles ranging from standards of the Great American Songbook, the Big Band era, Bossa Nova flavorings from the ’60s and funk.
Consuelo Samarripa, a local author from Harker Heights, enjoys attending cultural activities.
“Some are what I grew up with,” she said about the pieces being performed. “I’m enjoying it. It’s relaxing, a very pleasant sound.”
Between pieces, Wild offered tidbits of history and information about jazz, including who composed and performed their selections. He said jazz was the major art form developed in America that has gone the furthest.
This was illustrated with “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” by Austrian Joe Zawinul, who could swing as well as any American jazz musician.
Wild said that while classical music is composer-centric, jazz is performer-centric, allowing musicians to express themselves and make the music their own.
Borrowing from rock resulted in fusion and funk. Instead of the usual 4-4 time, Dave Brubeck used odd time signatures, such as 7-4 time.
Wild quizzed band students in the audience as to what instrument he used to play “Shiny Stockings,” by Frank Foster. It was a soprano saxophone, looking very much like a clarinet.
Two musical selections were sung by Charles Burleson, “Fly Me to the Moon,” and “The Way You Look Tonight.”
The concert ended with “Straight, No Chaser,” by Thelonious Monk.
Library patrons who want more jazz can check out, “Jazz,” a DVD series on the history of jazz; “Blue Notes in Black and White: Photography and Jazz” by Benjamin Cawthra; and two picture books, “God Bless the Child” by Billie Holiday, and “Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane” by Carole Boston Weatherford.