by Scout Van Cise, opinion editor
On Sunday June 4, junior Francis Jageacks was showcased in the Cootie Harris Jazz Jam. Jageacks was part of a 10 week Youth Jazz Initiative program instructed by Mikel Prester at the Markethouse in Meadville. The Jazz Jam was a 4 hour long performance of local jazz musicians playing improvisational music at the end of the 10 week program in which Jageacks played along with her clarinet.
By the end of the Jazz Initiative, Jageacks was prepared for the Jazz Jam after learning all of the scales and chords in her weekly lessons. “It felt great. It felt like I actually accomplished something in my playing, but I felt like I found my own culture of music. Jazz just really speaks to me, there’s so much freedom in it and it takes quite a knowledge of music theory in order to play it,” Jageacks said.