Roosevelt Jazz in the Big Apple!

Our musicians are off and running in an amazing adventure in New York City, learning about the Jazz culture and history in Harlem, catching a few LIVE jazz shows, and tuning up and staying in top performing condition for the coming Essentially Ellington Festival this week and weekend.

Stay tuned for more, and tune in to watch LIVE at 7 am PDT (10 am EDT) on Saturday, May 13! (Other festival performance sessions also available to stream)

A HUGE and HEARTY Thank You!! to all the supporters of the Go Fund Me, concert-goers at Hot Java, Cool Jazz, Jazz Nutcracker, bake sales, and donors. Your support of this program and of our young musicians in the schools is vital to keeping the learning of this art form alive, and we couldn’t have had these amazing opportunities without you.

Day 1: flight to NYC, dinner at Chelsea Market, Village Vanguard Orchestra

Day 2: Jazz walking tour in Harlem, National Jazz History Museum, soul food, sectionals and practice, Times Square

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Day 3: rehearsal at The New School, sightseeing, show at Birdland

Musicians riding the Subway

more to come!

Support our band: Ellington GoFundMe

The Roosevelt Jazz Band is one of 15 nationwide (out of 100 applicants) who were selected to participate in the 28th Annual Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival and Competition in New York City (May 11-13, 2023). Congratulations to the band!

Along with the three-day immersion program in jazz workshops, jam sessions, rehearsals, and performances, the Boosters are planning cultural and jazz-related events and experiences in the Big Apple.

RHS Bands also embarked on a new era in the fall of 2022 with the hiring of our incredibly talented and inspiring director, Hannah Mowry, who will be one of a handful of women directors to take the Ellington stage. Being selected to participate in this year’s festival is recognition of hours of practice and years of hard work our talented students and director have put into their craft.

But with this amazing opportunity comes significant costs. The Boosters need YOUR help to make this dream a reality for these deserving students. We want to ensure each and every student who was invited can fully participate in this unique and rewarding musical experience. Please consider DONATING TODAY to support this trip for our amazing young musicians!

Here is the band with Director Hannah Mowry the day they learned they were chosen as participants.

Collaboration! – concert coming up


An evening of jazz featuring performances by RHS Jazz Band 1 and Vocal Jazz, Northwest Jazz Conspiracy, and BlueStreet Voices

The Roosevelt Jazz band and Vocal Jazz groups are thrilled to host and collaborate with BlueStreet Voices and the Northwest Jazz Conspiracy for a night of amazing music!

>> Click here for Tickets <<

Roosevelt Vocal Jazz

Roosevelt Jazz Band 1


About BlueStreet Voices

BlueStreet Voices is a vocal jazz ensemble based out of Seattle, WA that performs tunes with a professional trio at our back. At our shows, we put forth everything from a foot-tappin’ jazz standard to classically arranged contemporary pop hits, including  Latin, blues, gospel, and rich ballads.​

The mission of BlueStreet Voices is to promote vocal jazz education and music in the community, while providing high-quality, entertaining musical experiences for audiences and performers alike. BlueStreet offers its members diverse musical opportunities through experiencing, studying, and performing first-rate vocal jazz literature with an inspirational director and inspired accompanist.


About The Northwest Jazz Conspiracy

The Northwest Jazz Conspiracy is a big band performing group based in Everett, WA.

All proceeds will be shared between BlueStreet Voices and NW Jazz Conspiracy and the Roosevelt Jazz program.

Hot Java, Cool Jazz Tickets Now on Sale

We are thrilled to announce that Roosevelt Jazz has been selected to perform at Starbucks 26th Anniversary HOT JAVA COOL JAZZ!

It is an honor to join 4 other high school bands for a fantastic night of jazz, Friday, March 31th – LIVE at The Paramount Theatre!

100% of tickets sales go to the Roosevelt Jazz program when you purchase tickets through this link. Don’t wait, they are going quickly!

This is an important fundraiser for the program, and a truly exceptional night of performances on a huge stage! Please join us!

2/21/23 UPDATE: the Roosevelt booster tickets are sold out!

May we suggest purchasing tickets to support Garfield High School Jazz ?

Alternatively, you can buy direct from the Paramount / STG at this link, and proceeds will benefit all five schools: