Gratitude, served up with some Hot Java, Cool Jazz

We hope you have your tickets to Hot Java, Cool Jazz at the Paramount Theater this Friday evening, because it looks like the show is close to selling sold out! Thanks to you all for buying up all the tickets, and thanks to Starbucks for donating ALL proceeds to the five participating schools.

And there’s more! A heartfelt thank you to everyone who pulled together to make the Roosevelt Jazz Gala a tremendous success. We were honored to have alumnus Jumaane Smith present. His performance was electrifying, his words deeply moving. A truly distinguished artist and human being, it was a joy to be in the same room with him.

Indeed, it was a joy to be in the room with all of you, the folks of Roosevelt Jazz, as we celebrated what we have and worked to keep it going into the future. The list of folks who donated, decorated, baked, bid, hauled, and performed is so long you wouldn’t even believe it; this was a true community effort. You all deserve a huge hug and a piece of cake.

Til next year!

2018 Essentially Ellington Finalists!

Congratulations to Scott Brown and the musicians of Roosevelt Jazz Band I, selected as finalists for the 2018 Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival. They’ll be in some mighty fine company in NYC come May, including neighbors Ballard and Mountlake Terrace High Schools. For more information and a list of all the finalists, hop over to the Essentially Ellington website.

Vocal Jazz Outreach Concert on January 24

Vocal Jazz Ensemble performance, Dec. 2017

We hope you can join us on Wednesday night, January 24th for a Vocal Jazz Outreach Concert from 7-9pm in Roosevelt’s Performing Arts Theatre. We look forward to hearing from the vocal music programs at Bryant, John Stanford, and View Ridge Elementary schools, Hazel Wolf K-8, and JAMS and Eckstein Middle Schools, and of course, our own, Roosevelt Vocal Jazz Ensemble directed by Dr. Jean-Marie Kent. There will be a bake sale and RHS Jazz t-shirts/sweatshirts will be available. This is a FREE event (donations are always welcome and so appreciated)!

Hot Java Cool Jazz 2018

On Friday, March 30th, Roosevelt’s Jazz Band I will perform at Hot Java Cool Jazz.  Purchase your tickets now from Roosevelt Jazz Boosters.  This annual event, sponsored by Starbucks, is a terrific opportunity to see the top Seattle-area high school jazz bands perform. It’s also a huge fundraiser for our program, thanks to Starbucks’ generous donation of all proceeds from ticket sales to the five selected schools. We hope to see you there!

The show takes place downtown at the Paramount Theater; doors will open at 6pm for this 7pm show.