The Roosevelt Jazz Band, under the direction of Scott Brown, will perform Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s Jazz Nutcracker with selections from David Berger’s Harlem Nutcracker on Saturday, December 7th at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 8th at 2:00 pm. This is just a joy of a concert. Please come and bring a friend. Click for tickets.
Tickets for tonight’s show will be available at the door beginning at 6:30 pm. Online sales have closed.
The award-winning Roosevelt Jazz Band performs on Saturday, October 19th at 7:30 pm in the RHS Performing Arts Theatre as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival. Performing with the band is local jazz treasure and this years’ Earshot Artist in Residence, Jay Thomas and the East-West Alliance including RHS alumna, Maya Hatch. Tickets are available through earshotjazz.org and at Roosevelt on the day of the show.
Last spring our directors listened to nearly 100 student recordings of “There Is No Greater Love.” Students improvised over the chord changes and swung. The audition process resulted in four instrumental ensembles and one vocal jazz group. We are so fortunate to have Dr. Jean-Marie Kent and Scott Brown teach our day time classes, and Dr. Michael Van Bebber and Mark Taylor instruct our after school bands.
The global pandemic will not stop the music. Classes are virtual, and there’s a lot of learning to be done. Jazz Band II is starting with Cannonball Adderley’s “Stars Fell on Alabama,” working on inflections and vibrato.
We are working hard to engage our students in meaningful ways, and we hope you will stay connected.
We look forward to a better tomorrow, and can’t wait to see you.
Audition information for the 2020-2021 Roosevelt Jazz Program is posted under the “Events” tab. If you plan to audition for Roosevelt Jazz, your online registration and video submission are due no later than 5 pm on May 29th! Thank you.
As of March 12th, Seattle Public Schools are closed. Our annual Gala and Hot Java Cool Jazz have been canceled. Watch our Facebook and Website for updated information and stay safe and healthy out there. We look forward to playing for you soon.