Will Knight (JB2, trumpet), and Kai DeSpain (JB1, tenor sax) received Outstanding Soloist awards at the UW Jazz Festival on January 28. JB1 was one of two finalists selected to perform in the evening concert. Congratulations! The emphasis of this festival is education, ensemble performance, improvisation and developing the jazz language. Roosevelt was well represented with JB1, JB2, and JB3 all participating.
Congratulations to Jazz Band 2 on qualifying as a finalist (High School Big Band Division) for the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival! The festival takes place from March 31-April 2, 2017 in Monterey, California. Roosevelt will be well represented at this festival with three ensembles attending and performing: JB2, JB3 and Vocal Jazz.
Jazz Band 1 was honored to open for Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra last night, October 13, at the Paramount Theater in Seattle. The concert, and the Roosevelt Jazz program, were mentioned in this recent Seattle Times interview with Wynton Marsalis, director of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
Jazz Band I recently returned from Europe where they performed at several venues in France and Italy, including the Umbria Jazz Festival. Check out the RHSJazzJourneys blog to read more about the trip, or click a link below to view photos from the trip.
Please SAVE THE DATE for the start of year Jazz Picnic which will be held Tuesday September 6, 2017 at 5:30 pm in Ravenna Park. The event is an opportunity to pick up important forms and meet the Band Directors, other musicians and their families.
It’s been our tradition to start the year off with a picnic so that we can get to know and greet our new families, as well as reconnect with families returning to the program. We will have our Welcome picnic on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 from 5:30-8:00 pm at Ravenna Park upper picnic shelter. The address is 2000 NE 58th Street, Seattle 98105. Just before 20th Ave ends at the pedestrian bridge, turn right into the parking lot.
As in years past, we will do a potluck. The Roosevelt Jazz Boosters will provide plates, cups, utensils and napkins. Families should bring something based on their last name:
- A – J: main dish
- K – R: side dish, salad or beverage
- S – Z: dessert
We will distribute the welcome packet, with information and forms for all families to take home with them. Please go through the forms and send the fully completed forms with your student to the first day of jazz class or to the first Jazz Booster Meeting on Tuesday, September 20th.