Happy Holidays from Roosevelt Jazz

Thank you for your tremendous support in 2019. Thank you for coming to The Jazz Nutcracker, The Pathway of Lights, our school performances, and Hot Java Cool Jazz. We appreciate your support of our annual Gala, our GiveBIG fundraiser, and for hiring the band to perform small and large gigs. We wouldn’t be here without you and we appreciate all that you do for Roosevelt Jazz. Currently, our Vocal Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Jean-Marie Kent, is making preparations to attend the Jazz Education Network’s Conference in New Orleans. For those of us staying local, keep your eye on our facebook page for updates of RHS Jazz student (past and present) performances in the Seattle area over the holiday and head on out and listen to some jazz. There’s plenty to be had!

Candy Cane Lane, Jazz Night, and Seattle Parks and Rec’s Pathway of Lights!

Thank you to everyone for supporting the Roosevelt Jazz Nutcracker. We had a wonderful time performing, and you were a fabulous audience. Join us for some special holiday events in the days ahead:

On Tuesday, December 10th students will perform at the 70th Anniversary of Candy Cane Lane. Admire the decorations and listen for us from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Jazz Night is Thursday, December 12th in the Roosevelt Theatre at 7:00 pm. You’ll hear from our Vocal Jazz Ensemble, directed by Jean-Marie Kent, as well as the jazz bands directed by Mark Taylor, Michael Van Bebber, and Scott Brown. There will be a bake sale and the concert is free.

On Saturday, December 14th we invite you to walk Green Lake for the Seattle Parks and Recreation Pathway of Lights. Jazz Bands 2, 3, and 4 will perform at the Small Craft Center beginning at 5:30 pm. Moc Escobedo and the Eckstein Middle School Jazz Band will kick the set off at 4:30, Five O’Clock Shadows plays at 6:30 and The Lincoln Jazz Band performs at 7:00. There are groups performing at The Bathhouse and the Community Center as well.

Let Roosevelt Jazz put you in the Holiday Mood

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.

Back in the saddle

Thank you to John Gilbreath and all the good people at Earshot Jazz, Jay Thomas, Maya Hatch, and the East-West Alliance. We were so fortunate to have the opportunity to collaborate with fantastic musicians from here and abroad. And, we were so glad you came to hear the show. The Earshot Jazz Festival continues through November 6th. Earshot.org for more information.

On Saturday, October 27th, Jazz Bands 2, 3, and 4 will perform at the Edmonds Jazz Symposium. A mid-day clinic/concert with Ted Poor and Cuong Vu will be a treat, as will the College Summit and Audition Workshop sponsored by JazzED. For the latter, you’ll need to register by clicking here.

You can purchase Jazz Nutcracker tickets today, right here  We’re performing two shows in our Theatre on December 7th at 7:30 pm and December 8th at 2:00 pm.  If you’re up for an adventure, we’ll be at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art on December 6th. Tickets for the show on Bainbridge Island are available here.