Jean Marie Kent and her Vocal Jazz Ensemble have returned from New Orleans having participated in the Jazz Education Network’s annual conference. It was a fantastic trip and included a performance opportunity with feedback, clinics, performances, and a chance to explore the city. Our instrumental ensembles are busy preparing for winter festivals at The University of Washington, Clark College in Oregon, and Bellevue College. These busy times at Roosevelt Jazz mean extra practices, a new Friday improvisation class with Mark Taylor, and bands focussed not on the individual, but on playing together as strong ensembles. Happy New Year! We look forward to playing for you soon!