A Semester of Improvisation

As we waited in the Mayor’s Reception Room for our guests to arrive for the #VoteThatJawn celebration, Philadelphia’s Clef Club Junior Jazz ensemble played a bouncy, traditional jazz tune, reminiscent of the swing era. The ensemble of three included two high school freshmen: Nicole Ware and Justin Griggs. Led by the steady notes of the bass played by their instructor, Richard Hill, the young musicians’ improvisation filled the room. Nicole’s black dress was peppered with large music notes and treble clefs. She sat behind a cobalt blue drum set,