Hot Java, Cool Jazz 2019

Congratulations to Director Scott Brown and the students of Jazz Band I! They will have the honor of playing in the Starbucks Hot Java Cool Jazz concert at the Paramount Theater on Friday, March 15th, along with Mountlake Terrace, Garfield, Mount Si, and Edmonds Woodway. Tickets are not yet on sale; details on how to purchase tickets will be posted in January. For now, save the date! We hope to see you there for this swinging evening of jazz. A huge thank you to Starbucks for their sponsorship of this event, which raises tens of thousands of dollars for jazz education in Seattle, year after year. Time for a Peppermint Mocha…

Thank you, Pathway and Nutcracker Fans

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who came out to hear Jazz Bands 2, 3, and 4 perform at the Pathway of Lights at Green Lake, and to hear Jazz Band 1 perform the Jazz Nutcracker at RHS. What wonderful audiences you all were! The bands could feel the love and truly appreciated being able to perform for you. If you want more Roosevelt Jazz, check out our Jazz Night at 7pm, Monday 12/10, at Roosevelt High School. There’s no charge for admission and all 5 jazz ensembles will perform. It’s sure to be another great evening. Hope to see you there!

It’s Jazz Nutcracker Season

What a great October for Roosevelt Jazz! Thanks to everyone out there for the support you gave our students at Tula’s, the Edmonds Jazz Symposium, the Earshot Festival concert with Jovino Santos Neto, the UW Jazz Festival, and the Pumpkinseed concerts. But now all that is in the rear view, and we are full steam ahead to Thanksgiving and the winter holidays. And that means it’s Jazz Nutcracker season.

If you haven’t yet seen Roosevelt Jazz perform the Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn Jazz Nutcracker, then this year ought to be the year you change that! Join us in our festive annual tradition. Make it part of your annual tradition. You will not be disappointed. Tickets are on sale now!


This October has been full up. Jazz Bands 3 & 4 performed at Tula’s; we hosted Allison Miller and Boom Tic Boom for an amazing workshop; everyone packed the Stone Way Café for a jam session; and students have been out in the community playing gigs and taking in the Earshot Jazz Festival. Did anyone catch Jazzmeia Horn? Or George Garzone?

And it keeps going!

  • Jazz Bands 3 & 4 perform at the Edmonds Jazz Symposium on October 27th, and will also have a chance to check out the JazzED College Summit + Audition Workshop being held at the Symposium.
  • Jazz Band 1 performs with Jovino Santos Neto at RHS on October 29th at 7pm, as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival. Get your tickets now!
  • Jazz Band 2 will attend the UW Jazz Festival on November 1st.
  • Our directors perform with Maria Schneider and SRJO, November 3rd and 4th.
  • Vocal Jazz will head out to Bremerton for the Bremerton Vocal Jazz Festival on November 17th.

Don’t worry, it doesn’t all come to a halt after that! We’ll take a short breather for Thanksgiving (except for the kids who also march with the Roosevelt Roughrider Band, who’ll be out in force at the Macy’s Holiday Parade). Then we’ll be back with more jams, gigs, performances at the Green Lake Pathway of Lights, and of course the Jazz Nutcracker. Hope to see you there! Yes, at all of it!