Essentially Ellington 2019

Roosevelt Jazz at Essentially Ellington 2019
Ayano Hisa/Jazz at Lincoln Center

We’ve had a bit of a week here at Roosevelt Jazz and are still catching up. Our first priority upon returning from NYC was getting audition info posted. Gotta look to the future, after all. And now that that’s done… Congratulations to Director Scott Brown and the Jazz Band for their first place finish in the 24th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival! Check out all of the competition results here. A huge thank you to all our friends and families, jazz mentors and teachers, and the entire Seattle jazz community. You’ve supported Mr. Brown and the band the whole way. We love you.

2019 Essentially Ellington Finalists!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Our hearts are certainly full today, with the news that Roosevelt Jazz Band I has been selected as a finalist for the 2019 Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival. They’ll be in some mighty fine company in NYC come May, including neighbors Garfield and Mount Si. Congratulations to Director Scott Brown and all the students!

For more information and a list of all the finalists, hop over to the Essentially Ellington website.

Essentially Ellington 2018

Congratulations to director Scott Brown and the students of Roosevelt Jazz Band I for their performance at the 2018 Essentially Ellington Competition and Festival. In addition to their many section and soloist awards, the band received an Honorable Mention, its highest finish in the competition since 2013.

Section awards were: Honorable Mention, Drummers (Ethan Lefaive, David Maltby, Henry Mohr); Outstanding Saxophone Section (Sean Bowman, Kai Despain, Elliot Halpern, Xander Johns, Daniel Mengedoht, Misae Nguyen, Aiden Ryser).

Soloist awards were: Outstanding Piano (Aaron Korver); Honorable Mention, Alto Saxophone (Sean Bowman); Outstanding Tenor Saxophone (Elliot Halpern, Aiden Ryser); Outstanding Baritone Saxophone (Xander Johns).

Check out the complete list of EE 2018 awards. We are so very grateful for the folks of Jazz at Lincoln Center, and for our fellow performers, who made this event truly special.

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.

RHS Jazz wins multiple awards at Essentially Ellington!

Congratulations to RHS Jazz Band 1 for receiving multiple awards at EE!

  • Outstanding Sax Section
  • Jesse Beckett-Herbert: Outstanding clarinet
  • Elliot Halpern: Outstanding Tenor Sax
  • Porter Jones: Outstanding Trombone & Outstanding Soloist
  • Ravi Sharma: Outstanding Guitarist
  • Santosh Sharma: Outstanding Bass Clarinet & Honorable Mention Tenor Sax

Well done!!!

Related: Seattle Times article