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Java Jive: Smooth Jazz, Smooth Poems and a night we’ll never forget

By Marissa Krasny
Originally submitted May 3, 207

Java Jive is an annual North tradition where our most talented poets and musicians perform their original or cover pieces in front of friends and family. Java Jive is held for two nights in the library, which is transformed for the event. Auditions were open to all North students. Some picked up the mic for the first time, such as Emily Jordan, Claudia Jo, McKenzie Sullivan, Jackson Poulin, Brianna Bryan- Kerr, Rebecca Kaufman, Alyssa Spagna, Lior Shani, Priyanka Ramanathan, Mannion McGinley, Sydney Sullivan, Fern O’Shea, Michelle Giraldo and Ethan O’Donoghue.

Some Seniors also picked it up for the last time, such as Aleyah Aragon, CJ Marquez, Bradley Winograd, Sabrina Diaz, Dan Arroyo, Jonathan Uppin, Emily Jordan, Adell Cirrincione, Rachel Weinfeld, Hannah Beitler, Erin Nagle, Scott Martin, Diana Mathew, Dan Murray, Scott Martin, Matt Jaynes, Ben Livney, Sophie Feldman, Jake Valois, Gabi Dwyer, Dan Silver, Morgan Keller and Jadyn Koss.

This Java Jive was a more notable event than normal, since this is the 20th anniversary of this unforgettable night of music and the spoken word. Java Jive has featured 400 poets and 250 musicians in the last 20 years. Hundreds of poems have been shared in the past two decades, and the most recent Java Jive added some beautiful and moving poems to the mix spanning a wide variety of topics such as race, gender, school, anxiety, discrimination, relationships, moving, family and so many more. The first night of Java Jive sold out, and dozens came to enjoy the poems and songs performed by North’s students. At this particular Java Jive we had more music numbers than ever before. These pieces received massive praise and made the evening so much more dynamic.

Keeping the night alive were our two amazing MC’s, seniors Dan Arroyo and Adell Cirrincione. They crafted funny segways to transfer from one act into the next and the crowd adored them as much as I do. On the topic of adoring, Java Jive would not be possible without the brilliant English Department, especially Mr. Reid, Ms. Riccoboni, Ms. Travis, Ms. Sevastian and Ms. Stein-Jackter. They all contributed so much time and effort into Java Jive and transforming the library into our own little coffee house for a night of smooth jazz, smooth poetry and a night that no one will ever forget.

Mr. Celini

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