The LA Five O'Clock Combo plays in LA Assembly to promote Jazz and Dessert Night April 3 at 7 pm.

The LA Five O’Clock Combo played in LA Assembly on March 27  to promote Jazz and Dessert Night, which takes place April 3 at 7 pm in the Dining Commons.

by Leslie Sandefur ’15

On Friday, April 3, the Lincoln Academy jazz bands will perform at the ninth annual Jazz Night and Dessert Auction in the Lincoln Academy Dining Commons. The auction preview will open at 7:00pm, and the music will start and the auctioning will begin at 7:30. Every year, the Jazz Night and Dessert Auction showcases LA’s jazz musicians and helps raise funds to support the music program. All are invited to come and silently bid on delicious desserts while enjoying the musical performances.

The performers this year include the Lincoln Academy Jazz Big Band, the Four O’clock Jazz Combo and the Five O’clock Jazz Combo, as well as special guest musicians. The Big Band is made up of students of all ages and abilities. The two smaller combo groups feature students with slightly more jazz experience. The combos also focus more on jazz improvisation, which requires students to compose on the spot and create melodies off the top of their head. All of the groups rehearse every Thursday afternoon, with the combos appropriately meeting at four and five o’clock.

What makes the Jazz Night special is the dessert auction that goes with it. There’s no better way to support your local high school musicians than through the purchase of homemade desserts and treats! Desserts are made and donated by area bakers, students, and parents. There will also be ice cream, generously donated by Round Top Ice Cream. Proceeds of this year’s Jazz Night and Dessert Auction will used to for the LA Band Festival Tour in New York City, a trip happening in March of 2016. To donate a dessert or request more information about the Jazz Night, please contact band director Liz Matta: matta@lincolnacademy.org.