Jazz garage band practices for Jazz Walk

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Not your typical garage band
Photo by Devon Vose Rickabaugh
The eighteen member jazz band Critical Mass practices for a Richmond Highlands neighborhood crowd in Robin and Keith McClelland's garage. Featured singer Greta Matassa will perform with the band at the North City Jazz Walk on Tuesday August 14.

Robin McClelland and North City Jazz Walk poster
Photo by Devon Vose Rickabaugh

Malcolm Harris, a member of the band, says he's in charge of "whipping" the large group together to practice each week and getting them to performances. Band members are not professional musicians, but Harris said that after Keith McClelland took over directing the band it became tighter and more professional. Mainly they get together because they love to play jazz.

Robin and Keith McClelland are part of the organizing committee for the North City Jazz Walk.


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