SU Jazz Band presents ‘Nightmare on Jazz Street’ – The Suffolk Journal


The University of Suffolk Jazz Band and Catering Services have come together to present ‘Nightmare on Jazz Street’, a showcase of some of Suffolk’s performance bands to celebrate Halloween, October 27.

The Suffolk Jazz Band performed at the Smith Cafe at Samia Academic Center alongside The Common, The Ramifications and Who’s Askin’. Students were able to enjoy popcorn floats and fresh root beer prepared by the dining room staff while looking at the different sets.

The Common, Suffolk’s house band, kicked off the evening with ‘Santeria’, originally by Sublime, followed by ‘Don’t Fear the Reaper’, Blue Oyster Cult and ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’, Beatles.

SU Jazz Band followed by playing some captivating jazz tunes, including an instrumental rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

The Ramifications performed acapella versions of Bobby Pickett’s “Monster Mash” and Paramore’s “Still Into You”, with Chris Nieves and Jolie Quintana as soloists.

Who’s Askin’ concluded the performances with four comedy skits, using the band’s costume theme, the “silly hat”, to their advantage.

Members of The Common and the Ramifications wore coordinating Marvel and DC superhero costumes ranging from Thor and Captain America to Batman and Superman.

Lauren Costa, the jazz band’s marketing director, said she was proud of the bands’ performances and the number of students who came to the event.

“This is the first time in a long time that the Suffolk Jazz Band has held an event. I had this vision for a PAO music organization’s Halloween party and was lucky enough to be asked [by Suffolk Dining] collaborate with us,” Costa said.

Freshman Danny Jacobs said he enjoyed the event.

“I loved it. The food was good and the music was amazing. I would totally come back,” Jacobs said.

After the performances, students participated in a costume contest, judged by Food Services, and a raffle for a $100 gift card to the college bookstore.

Jacobs and his friend Nick Mallison, a freshman, won the “Coolest Costume” and “Brilliant Costume” respectively for their coordinated Roaring 20s outfits.

Jazz Band will perform at the Program Council’s Ramsgiving event on November 17. For future events and updates, follow Jazz Band on Instagram @sujazzband.

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Henry R. Wright