Raise your Paddle for Roosevelt Jazz!

Congratulations to Scott Brown and The Roosevelt Jazz Band. For the 20th year, they are headed to New York, New York to participate in the 25th Annual Essentially Ellington Competition and Festival. Before they’re off, Michael Van Bebber and Jazz Band 2 will compete in the Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey, California. With such success comes a need for fundraising. Please, get your tickets to our Gala on Saturday, March 21st and support the band at Hot Java Cool Jazz on the 27th as well. Thank you!

It’s time for the Gala and Hot Java Cool Jazz!

Our ensembles are preparing new music for spring events including our biggest fundraiser, the Gala. Information and Tickets to our March 21st Gala can be found here. Starbucks 25th Annual Hot Java Cool Jazz concert takes place on Friday, March 27th at the Paramount Theatre. Ticketing information is here.

Congratulations to all our ensembles. Jean-Marie Kent and Vocal Jazz performed at the Bellevue College Vocal Jazz Festival where they received feedback from Kerry Marsh and enjoyed a master class and concert with Jeff Baker. Jazz Band IV was marvelous at the University of Washington Jazz Festival, where Jazz Band III, directed by Mark Taylor, took home an ‘Outstanding Ensemble Award.’ U.W. Chair and Professor of Jazz Studies, Cuong Vu, and Assistant Professor, Ted Poor, performed and talked to festival participants about improvisation. Michael Van Bebber and Jazz Band II took first place in their division at the 58th Annual Clark College Jazz Festival. They are honored to be invited to travel to Monterey this spring as finalists in the Next Generation Jazz Festival. Scott Brown and The Roosevelt Jazz Band and the Combo both won top prize at the Bellevue College Jazz Festival. A clinic with Chris Bruya of C.W.U. was enlightening, and the master class and concert with Ignacio Berroa were inspiring and heart-warming. Jazz Bands I and II had a special clinic with The Westerlies who are in town for Westerlies Fest 2020. These wonderful events could not happen without the unwavering support of Scott Brown, Jean-Marie Kent, Michael Van Bebber, Mark Taylor, and you! Thank you!

Happy Days!

Congratulations to Michael Van Bebber and Jazz Band 2. They are finalists and will perform at the 50th Annual Next Generation Jazz Festival. Congratulations to Scott Brown and Jazz Band 1. They will perform at the Starbucks 25th Annual Hot Java Cool Jazz concert on Friday, March 27th at the Paramount Theatre. Tickets will be available at the Starbucks at Roosevelt Square on Friday, February 7th. All our bands will perform at our annual Gala on Saturday, March 21st as we honor RHS Jazz Graduate and musician/drummer/poet D’Vonne Lewis.

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.