Jazz Spring Concert features romantic favorites

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Jazz Spring Concert features romantic favorites

Professor Aletha Jacobs at the piano during rehearsal.

Professor Aletha Jacobs at the piano during rehearsal.

Photographer Breanna Leverett

Professor Aletha Jacobs at the piano during rehearsal.

Photographer Breanna Leverett

Photographer Breanna Leverett

Professor Aletha Jacobs at the piano during rehearsal.

Breanna Leverett, Staff

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Music. It seems like we can’t live without it right? If you’re going for a quick run in the morning or a five- minute drive to the store for some groceries – music.

Photographer Breanna Leverett
Professor Aletha Jacobs at the piano during rehearsal.

Professor Althea Jacobs, director of the jazz ensemble here at Columbia College, always had a passion for music. Whether it was her radiating singing or electrifying piano playing, she never misses the beat of the drum. For the upcoming Jazz Spring Concert on Tuesday, April 9, at 7:00 p.m. in Spears Concert Hall,

Jacobs picked some all-time classic songs that are some of her favorites. Songs like “What Are You Doing for the Rest of Your Life?” lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman, and made famous by Barbra Streisand. Also included is “The Look of Love” composed by Burt Bacharach and Hal David and sung by lateEnglish pop singer Dusty Springfield.

While there is no theme and the songs choices vary in what the listeners may feel, the unity of the band and their emotions will create joyous moments. Especially one song: “All I Could Do Was Cry.”

I asked Jacobs to list some of her favorite songs, I also asked her how she is preparing for the concert. “Preparation,” she immediately replied, adding, “I obviously always making sure that I feel comfortable and always having focus, No fear and always having water.”

Of Jacobs’ favorites, there is a special favorite: “The Look of Love.”

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Jazz Ensemble practicing for the Spring Concert.

“The whole jazz ensemble is united and one accord and playing with each other. There’s comfort there,” Jacobs concludes.

“The Look of Love” and “What Are You Doing for the Rest of Your Life?”are just a sample of what the spring concert will include. Jacobs says in total eight songs will be included in the spring concert. To get a taste of the past and experience these beautiful songs, please bring out your family, friends and loved ones on April 9, at 7:00 p.m. to the Spring Jazz Concert in Spears Concert Hall.

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