TUPELO – Pop tunes and standards will get the jazz treatment when Tupelo High School’s jazz vocal group, Frequency, takes the stage on Friday.
The group is made up of the same students who perform as the Madrigals in the fall. This time, they’re not in such elaborate costumes, and they’re free to get into the music. Old favorites like “L-O-V-E” and “All the Cats Join In” will be performed, along with more recent hits like “Some Nights,” “Unwritten” and “Man in the Mirror.”
“With Madrigals, it’s such a completely different mindset,” said sophomore Warner King, 15. “In jazz you’re allowed to move around, tap your feet to the beat.”
Emily Alford, 18, a senior, said the music, rhythm and vocal style make it a different learning and performing experience.
“It’s more choral,” she said. “It’s all about your vowels and pronunciation.”
Director Suzy White Williams said the group recently traveled to a music competition in the Smoky Mountains and placed first in categories for both Madrigals and vocal jazz.
The show on Friday will feature solos, duets and trios, and there will be a few a cappella numbers, too.
“There are a lot of different types of music,” Alford said.
“There’s at least one song for every person,” she said. “There’s something for everyone.”
Check it out
What: Tupelo High School jazz vocal group, Frequency
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Tupelo High School Performing Arts Center
Cost: Free, but donations are welcome
Info: (662) 841-8970
Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal