B sharp's Jazz Cafe
B Sharp's is a small cafe with a BIG sound. It's setup in a house on Brevard street. The cozy, home atmosphere makes the experience of hearing the music personal. Any one can come and enjoy the fun, whether you're a listener or performer.
Ethnography Question 1
What are the demographics of the audience? of the musicians?
Written By: Austin McCarthy
After a brief period of observation, the audience was found to be approximately 2:1 females to males. The majority of the audience was in the range of 18-25 years old, with a few older folks (40+ years old) in attendance as well. The musicians reflect the audience in their ages, as the majority of the musicians playing were also around the ages of 18-25, save for one, who was much older (55+ years old). And save for my group member who joined in the jam session, all of the musicians were male.
Ethnography Question 2
Written by Nick Ribble
What role does the venue play in people's [performer, audience, researcher] expectations of the musical performance and how does this particular performance meet or fail to meet those expectations?
With the venue being known as “B Sharp’s Jazz Club” it’s fairly evident as to what role the venue plays in people’s expectations of the performance. When people go out to listen to music at “B Sharp’s” they expect some mellow jazz that relaxes and calms the nerves. You aren’t going to find many head-banging metal fans flocking to the local jazz club looking for a good time. But from the performance we watched while there, it didn’t disappoint me because I got to watch students my age perform music that they really loved to play. It was exciting to watch them play just for the love of the music and they were fairly good at it from my non-music major expert opinion.
Ethnography Question 3
Written by Michelle Medrano
What is the role of economics in this particular musical event?
There was a cover charge of $5 for general admission, and $3 for those who wish to participate in the jam session. Throughout the night, you can enjoy the good eats and the drinks their menu has to offer. There is assortment of drinks ranging from tea and coffee to beer and wine. The crowd can definitely start spending and enjoying more as the night progresses and the music keeps playing.
Ethnography Question 4
How does the purpose of the performance overlap and differ from the emotions experienced by the audience?
Ethnography Question 5
Written by Darius Burney
Who are the performers and what is their relationship to the audience?
There were two sets of performers that came through this particular jam session. The first band was a local jazz band composed of a young lady vocalist and significantly older men as her instrumentalists. They were playing not far from the cafe, apparently where others could walk up and hear, and the owner asked them to come play on account of the fact that the slated performers were running a little late. The second band of the night was composed of college aged students. This was the cafe's usual band for Wednesday night jam sessions hosted by Alex "A.J." Hall who was also the drummer. Neither band had an official stage name so it can be assumed that they play for enjoyment rather than on an attempt to climb the charts. Also, on an interesting side note, the upright bass player and piano player that jammed alongside A.J. are in this class.