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.
We were delighted to be part of KNKX’s Virtual Holiday Jam on Saturday, December 19th. The concert will be rebroadcast on 88.5 KNKX on December 24th at 7 pm and on December 25th at 2 pm. If you’d like to have a look right now, here’s a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoAHEygL8_o&feature=youtu.be
Join Dr. Jean Marie Kent and her students for a holiday webinar event on Wednesday, December 16th at 7:00 PM PST. Here’s your link:
iPhone one-tap :
US: +12532158782,,83609258493# or +16699009128,,83609258493#
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 253 215 8782 or +1 669 900 9128 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 558 8656
Webinar ID: 836 0925 8493
International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbYaBxW5Gl
This years’ Roosevelt Jazz Nutcracker is produced in partnership with KNKX Public Radio. We recorded three songs for your pleasure and will be showcased in a virtual event on December 19th with Seattle educator, songwriter, singer, and pianist Darrius Willrich. Stay tuned for the link and more information!
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.