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.
Roosevelt Jazz Families,
Starbucks has selected Roosevelt Jazz Band 1 to participate in the 2017 Starbucks Hot Java Cool Jazz event at the Paramount Theatre. Starbucks has been sponsoring this event since 1995 and has raised over $500,000 for local high school jazz programs. We are fortunate to be a part of this amazing event and to live in a community that celebrates jazz.
Join us on Friday 3/17/17 and come see a fantastic show featuring Roosevelt plus other talented local high school bands.
While you’re marking your calendar also save Saturday 3/18/17 for the Roosevelt Jazz Big Band Dance and Auction.
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.