Welcome to our new JB2/3 Director

We are very excited to welcome Michael Van Bebber as our JB2/3 director!

Michael was raised in Seattle, and graduated from the University of Washington before going on to earn two M.A. degrees in classical trumpet and composition at Truman State University, and a D.M.A. in Jazz Studies from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. He performed many years as a member of the renowned Eastman Jazz Ensemble, and has shared the stage with many notable jazz artists including Lee Konitz, John Pizzarelli, the Woody Herman Band, Walt Weiskopf, Chuck Mangione, Jeff Beal, Walter White, John Fedchock, Pat LaBarbara, Marvin Stamm, and Bill Dobbins. He has also appeared several times at the Rochester International Jazz Festival, in both quintet and big band settings.

Michael is a member of the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. As a composer, he has earned several prestigious awards in composition, including the 2004 MACRO Composition/Theory Award, the 2005 CBDNA Wind Ensemble National Composition Competition, the 2005 College Music Society’s International Composition Competition. Michael has been the director of the Junior Jazz Band at Washington Middle School, the Director of Bands at Liberty High School and the interim director for JB2 last year. Michael is currently on the faculty of Northwest school.

Four Singers from Roosevelt Vocal Jazz Honored

Roosevelt Vocal Jazz is shining bright this week: Four of our top singers have been honored as semi-finalists in the Seattle-Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist Audition.

The competition is sponsored by the Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association, which will select one high school and one adult female jazz vocalist from the greater Seattle area to travel to Kobe, Japan to perform at the Kobe Jazz Queen Vocalist Contest on May 9th, 2015.

Celeste Yglesias, Alex Mountsier, Eliana Colachis and Maya Hunter grabbed four of the six semi-finalist spots, and will all be performing at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley on Monday, March 9.

More info is available on the Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley website!

Roosevelt Vocal Jazz Shines Brightly

Alex Mountsier took the top prize, and Maya Hunter received special mention as four of our top singers were honored as semi-finalists in the Seattle-Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist Audition.

Along with Alex and Maya, Celeste Yglesias and Eliana Colachis rounded out the quartet who grabbed four of the six finalist spots, performing at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley on Monday, March 9.

The competition is sponsored by the Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association, which selected Alex and one adult female jazz vocalist (Taylor Zickefoose) from the greater Seattle area to travel to Kobe, Japan to perform at the Kobe Jazz Queen Vocalist Contest on May 9th, 2015.

More info on the contest here.