Jazz Nutcracker

Greetings, family, friends and neighbors!Jazz Nutcracker

The Roosevelt High School Jazz Band performs Duke Ellington’s Jazz Nutcracker December 2 and 3!

Swing into the holiday season with Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s festive Jazz Nutcracker, a fanciful take on the Tchaikovsky suite. The award-winning Roosevelt Jazz Band is fortunate to have the rights to perform this arrangement. Join us for a Seattle tradition. Check out this video for a preview of what you will enjoy at the show.

Showtimes:
Saturday, December 2, 7:30 PM and Sunday, December 3, 2 PM at the Roosevelt High School Performing Arts Theater.

Cost:
$18 for adults, $13 for students and seniors.

 

Jazz Nutcracker performance

Roosevelt Jazz Band to Perform at the Earshot Jazz Festival

This year Jazz Band 1 is honored to play with the Seattle Symphony as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival on October 29th at 7:30.  Tickets are on sale now.

SONIC EVOLUTION: UNDER THE INFLUENCE

What does the evocative work of African American painter Jacob Lawrence have to do with jazz, have to do with the Seattle Symphony, have to do with the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band? It’s all about influences.

Jacob Lawrence, a longtime professor at the University of Washington, created a body of work called The Migration Series depicting the Great Migration of African Americans out of the South. Derek Bermel, a noted composer and clarinetist, saw Lawrence’s work and wrote a piece that was hailed by The New York Times as “riveting” and “wondrous.” Now, add the performers, acclaimed Roosevelt High School Jazz Band and the Seattle Symphony, and you have the cornerstone work for this Sonic Evolution.

More influencing: the renowned jazz guitarist and Seattle transplant Bill Frisell takes on a new work by the prolific jazz pianist and composer Wayne Horvitz and Seattle-born vocalist Shaprece closes with new orchestral arrangements of her soulful blend of modern jazz, R&B and electronica.

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Four Singers from Roosevelt Vocal Jazz Honored

Roosevelt Vocal Jazz is shining bright this week: Four of our top singers have been honored as semi-finalists in the Seattle-Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist Audition.

The competition is sponsored by the Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association, which will select one high school and one adult female jazz vocalist from the greater Seattle area to travel to Kobe, Japan to perform at the Kobe Jazz Queen Vocalist Contest on May 9th, 2015.

Celeste Yglesias, Alex Mountsier, Eliana Colachis and Maya Hunter grabbed four of the six semi-finalist spots, and will all be performing at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley on Monday, March 9.

More info is available on the Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley website!

Roosevelt Vocal Jazz Shines Brightly

Alex Mountsier took the top prize, and Maya Hunter received special mention as four of our top singers were honored as semi-finalists in the Seattle-Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist Audition.

Along with Alex and Maya, Celeste Yglesias and Eliana Colachis rounded out the quartet who grabbed four of the six finalist spots, performing at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley on Monday, March 9.

The competition is sponsored by the Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association, which selected Alex and one adult female jazz vocalist (Taylor Zickefoose) from the greater Seattle area to travel to Kobe, Japan to perform at the Kobe Jazz Queen Vocalist Contest on May 9th, 2015.

More info on the contest here.

Roosevelt Jazz Band Returns to Essentially Ellington!

The Roosevelt Jazz Band was named as one of the finalists in the prestigious Essentially Ellington Festival, held May 7-8 in New York. This will be the 16th time in 17 years that Roosevelt has received this honor.

Two other schools from our region, Mount Si and Garfield will also be competing this year (the same lineup as last year).

Essentially Ellington is presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center, the jazz nonprofit headed by Wynton Marsalis.

Check out the Seattle Times coverage of the news!

More information about Essentially Ellington