Chris McCarthy, pianist in the 2011-2012 Roosevelt Jazz Band, has won the 2012 Monterey Jazz Festival Big Band Composition Competition. He will have the honor of having his winning composition, “Something Small,” performed by the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra at the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Jimmy Lyons Stage in the Arena this coming September. He will also receive the Gerald Wilson Award and a cash prize.
For more information, see the Monterey Jazz Festival website.
Roosevelt Jazz Band students returned from the May 4-6 Ellington competition with a host of recognitions for outstanding players. Kudos also to our Seattle-area fellow finalists, Ballard and Mountlake High School Jazz Bands, who both played swinging sets.
For more information, go to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s website