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Don't Call it Jazz: Video Game Music Ensemble


On this week’s episode, Jon dives into video game music with Ryker Reese, a talented sophomore in the commercial music program at ISU. Ryker is a young expert in video game music who has opened up Jon’s eyes and ears to this burgeoning artistic movement.

Jon and Ryker discuss some of the key artists of the scene, while listening to covers, arrangements, and reimaginings of video game themes and melodies. Video game music is a growing part of the music industry as a whole, and has taken a particularly strong hold on the jazz community.

Many thanks to Ryker for joining the show, we’ll be sure to do another video game music episode in the future!

Intro Talk

  1. Donkey Kong Country

“Fear Factory” (4:40)
Composed by David Wise

  • Performed by PPF

  1. Pokémon Diamond and Pearl 

“Lake Theme Acapella” (2:34)
Composers: Go Ichinose

  • Performed by Smooth McGroove

Talk 2


“Field of Hopes and Dreams, Jazz Cover” (6:40)
Composed by Toby Fox

  • Performed by Insaneintherain

  1. The Legend of Zelda series; Ocarina of Time

“Song of Storms” - Big Band Jazz version (5:12)
Composed by Koji Kondo

  • Performed by the 8-bit big band ft. Patrick Bartley 

Talk 3

  1. Super Mario World

"Yoshi's Island" LIVE Jazz Cover // J-MUSIC Pocket Band [Acoustic #06] (4:40)
Composed by Koji Kondo

  • Performed by J-Music Pocket Band feat Patrick Bartley

  1. Chrono Trigger

“Corridors of Time” | Funk-Fusion Cover (6:29)
Composed by Yasunori Mitsuda

  • Performed by Dom Palombi's Game Night, feat Patrick Bartley 

Talk 4

  1. The Music of Mario Kart 8 - Big Blue (Wii U) (2:49)
  2. Kazuki Katsuta, sax
  3. Takashi Masuzaki, guitar
  4. Kenta Nagata arranger

  1. Dolphin Shoals - Mario Kart 8 OST (3:09)
  2. Kazuki Katsuta, saxophone
  3. Atsuko Asahi

Wednesday March 29th at the SUB Ballroom

Registration Link:

Registration and attendance is free, donations go directly to music scholarships! Snacks are available for purchase.

6:00 -7:00 pm - time trials and player rankings

7:00 - 8:00 pm - knockout tournament with live music