A note (pun-intended) on “A Day in the Life of a Fool” by Alexis Romay
Over the years, I’ve listened to many versions of “A Day in the Life of a Fool” —also known as “Manhã de Carnaval” and/or the theme/song from the Brazilian film Black Orpheus. Aside from Luiz Bonfá’s original, my favorite versions of the song oscillate between the ones recorded by Stan Getz, Vince Guaraldi, Dexter Gordon, and Astrud Gilberto… Now I have to add to that musical constellation the solo performed by Cosimo Fabrizio ’18 during one of our recent impromptu jamming sessions, in which he delivers one minute and ten seconds of pure enlightenment. (To make it even more extraordinary, I must add that Cosimo had never played the song before that day.)
Newark Academy's select big band "Chameleon" is participating in the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival. On May 10, band members Scotty McGraw ’17 and Cosimo Fabrizio '18 were interviewed during band rehearsal, along with jazz director Julius Tolentino. On May 11, band members Shaan Pandiri '17 and Charles Pan '18 and jazz director Julius Tolentino were interviewed by Fox 5 News at the competition. Click here to watch the Fox 5 News clip. Click here to watch the CBS clip.
Newark Academy's Pit Orchestra for On The Town has been nominated for the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Award for “Outstanding Performance by an Orchestra.” This is Newark Academy's second time participating in the Rising Star Award for Excellence in High School Musical Theatre program and first time being recognized. The Rising Star ceremony will take place at Paper Mill Playhouse on June 6 at 7:30pm and will feature presenters from Broadway and beyond. This year’s ceremony will be broadcast live on television and online through Paper Mill Playhouse video partner, Hometowne Television, of Summit, New Jersey. Good luck to the NA student musicians and their director, Mr. Lal.