You may have heard Saturday Oct. 2 is the grand opening for three new light rail stations in Seattle! The U District, Roosevelt and Northgate stations will all hold celebrations as they start service that day. Our JB1 ensemble will be playing at the U District station (4300 Brooklyn Ave NE) from 12-1pm. This is an outdoor performance open to the public. Come watch our students at the inaugural Roosevelt Jazz performance for this school year! Setup time starts at 11:15 AM at the UDPA parking lot, 4227 University Way NE.
We are developing fine musicians and compassionate young adults who understand and respect the history of this great Black American Art Form. It is an honor to play this music, and it is thanks to people like you that we offer high-quality jazz education to all of our students. Playing live once a week has required a major pivot. We are renting space at Phinney’s Neighborhood Center and providing students with all the required PPE. It is a thrill to be together again. Please, GiveBIG to Roosevelt Jazz. Follow this link! https://www.givebigwa.org/index.php?section=organizations&action=newDonation_org&fwID=894
We were delighted to be part of KNKX’s Virtual Holiday Jam on Saturday, December 19th. The concert will be rebroadcast on 88.5 KNKX on December 24th at 7 pm and on December 25th at 2 pm. If you’d like to have a look right now, here’s a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoAHEygL8_o&feature=youtu.be
Join Dr. Jean Marie Kent and her students for a holiday webinar event on Wednesday, December 16th at 7:00 PM PST. Here’s your link:
iPhone one-tap :
US: +12532158782,,83609258493# or +16699009128,,83609258493#
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 253 215 8782 or +1 669 900 9128 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 558 8656
Webinar ID: 836 0925 8493
International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbYaBxW5Gl
Last spring our directors listened to nearly 100 student recordings of “There Is No Greater Love.” Students improvised over the chord changes and swung. The audition process resulted in four instrumental ensembles and one vocal jazz group. We are so fortunate to have Dr. Jean-Marie Kent and Scott Brown teach our day time classes, and Dr. Michael Van Bebber and Mark Taylor instruct our after school bands.
The global pandemic will not stop the music. Classes are virtual, and there’s a lot of learning to be done. Jazz Band II is starting with Cannonball Adderley’s “Stars Fell on Alabama,” working on inflections and vibrato.
We are working hard to engage our students in meaningful ways, and we hope you will stay connected.
We look forward to a better tomorrow, and can’t wait to see you.