Satellite Salon: Jazz Horizons

The first installment of SUU’s Satellite Salon concert series, “Jazz Horizons”, was held in the Thorley Recital Hall on Sept. 15.

The concert featured jazz group Wave Trio. The group formed at the prestigious Milikan University in Decatur, Illinois. Wave Trio includes pianist Chris Reyman, drummer Jonathan Rodriguez, and stand-up bassist Emma Taylor. However, Taylor was unable  at attend the show so Matthew Jaeger filled in.

“I really enjoyed watching the bass player. He was full of energy and you could really tell he loves performing. I especially liked the last piece where he used an electric bass,” said concert attendee Nathan Johnson.

Wave Trio plays the repertoire of “The Great American Songbook”, aiming to extend the limits of harmony, rhythm and form by putting their own spin on progressive jazz.

The show’s set list was a total of nine pieces, eight of which were original works. The only non-original piece was a cover of Benny Goodman’s “Stompin at the Savoy”.

Satellite Salon events often include visual arts to promote multiple art forms in a live setting. Such collaboration provides a unique entertainment experience.

Dr. Lynn Vartan launched the Satellite Salon series at SUU to give students an opportunity to interact with experienced musicians. In doing so, the students get an inside look at what life as a musician is really like.

The two-part series runs in September and January with all the events featuring guest artists for a weekend residency. The artists teach a masterclass to university and high school students and participate in a Q&A session open to all attendees. All of these scheduled events take place in the Thorley Recital Hall and are always free to attend.

The next event in the Satellite Salon series is Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Thorley Recital Hall.


Story by: Aaron Peterson
Photo by: Aaron Peterson