If someone were to ask you about Brown’s frat scene, how would you respond?
You might form an image of good ole Wriston and those dark basements that harbored grody sweat-fests. Certainly, the last thing to come to your mind would be what went down last night: Jazz Jams, hosted by Delta Tau (DTau, for colloquial purposes). This unlikely pairing of frat house rambunctiousness and jazz club sophistication created a unique ambiance that was surprisingly awesome. The Jazz Jams are twice-monthly events produced by The Jazz Sessions, a student group formed in 2011 by Matt Block ’13 and currently run by Ana Gonzalez ’15, Peter Enriquez ’16, Alex Han ’17, Zach Levine ’15, and Sumner Becker ’14. Jazz Jams have taken place all over Brown’s campus and the greater Providence area; notable venues include The Underground and Buxton. This is the first time Jazz Jams have ever been held at DTau. Here are a few conclusions I drew from the event:
Betches Brunonians love jazz. Everyone there was enjoying the music, whether they were focusing intensely on the sounds or grooving in their seats. There was a lot of applause after each solo, and each tune ended with a roar of shouting and clapping. A bunch of college kids vibing to jazz music at a frat house on a Wednesday night might sound unbelievable, but it was really happening last night.
2. Brown’s got talent! The musicians were excellent, whether they were soloing or supporting each other on the bandstand. The musicians were wailing out high notes, nailing intricate runs, singing their hearts out, and handling trickier tunes with ease.
Also, to whomever was playing the silver alto sax: