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: 

Spread the word about Hot Java, Cool Jazz!

eHot Java Cool Jazz is part of Starbucks’ ongoing commitment to providing opportunities for young people in our community. When tickets are purchased from Roosevelt Jazz Boosters, 100% of the proceeds benefit our program. In addition to buying a ticket, you can help us spread the word by inviting your friends and neighbors. You can sign up here to support ticket sales for Starbucks 26th Annual Hot Java Cool Jazz concert, which includes a performance by our Jazz Band 1!

Starbucks 26th Annual Hot Java Cool Jazz

7-9 p.m. March 31, 2023, Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101

2/21/23 update: Roosevelt Booster tickets are sold out, but you can still buy direct from the Paramount / STG website and proceeds still are distributed to all five schools! ↓↓↓ Click below ↓↓↓


Innovative, resourceful volunteers help make Vocal Jazz Florida trip a success

Vocal Jazz made Roosevelt proud at the Jazz Education Network’s 14th Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla., where our 19 students participated in an event billed as part music festival, part networking, part education, and all inspiration! Helping to ensure student success during the Jan. 4-7 conference was a nimble team of Roosevelt parent volunteers and educators who deserve a hearty round of applause from us:

  • VJ parent representative Tracy Hillstrom was the rock star behind the planning, budgeting, and most of the booking, with VJ parent rep Karl Hillstrom jumping in with some of the air travel and ground transportation logistics.
  • VJ parent volunteer Nicole Ross found the outfit to rent an upright bass, with Karl taking care of the final mile in getting the account set up and the delivery in Orlando.
  • VJ parent volunteer Kristen Glibertson was the point person for food, both receiving grocery deliveries, picking up pizzas delivered to a hard-to-describe location, and working with restaurants.
  • Kristen and Karl and JB2/3 Director Michael Van Bebber (who stepped in to chaperone) all helped Vocal Jazz Director Aimee Mell keep an eye on 19 teens while traveling. And, of course, Mr. Van Bebber was the ear of a second jazz educator, as well as helping with some technical stuff for the rhythm section. Thank you, Tracy, Karl, Nicole, Kristen, Mr. Van Bebber and Ms. Mell, for your dedication to Roosevelt Jazz!

Swing into the season with Jazz Nutcracker!

The Roosevelt Jazz Nutcracker

Saturday, December 3rd  |  7:30 PM


Sunday, December 4th  |  2:00 PM

** doors open 1 hour prior to curtain **

Celebrate the Holidays with the 2022-2023 Roosevelt Jazz Band
under the new direction of our inspiring Hannah Mowry! (see bio)

For the 23rd year, The Band will perform
Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s swinging Jazz Nutcracker Suite
in Roosevelt’s Performing Arts Theatre.


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Health Information

Masks are optional but highly recommended for indoor large gatherings. Safety Guidelines are subject to change, depending on current King County and Seattle Public Schools health guidance. Check the day of your show for the latest info.


Earshot Jazz recap; Nutcracker coming up!

Wow! What a show! The Roosevelt Jazz Band started off the year with their first public performance at the Earshot Jazz Festival. Opening for the renowned Count Basie Orchestra, the band, with the amazing and energetic new Director, Hannah Mowry, swung hard.

Next up, the band will be featuring the music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn in the Roosevelt Jazz tradition, “Jazz Nutcracker”. Save the date for December 3 and 4, 2022.

Ticket information coming soon! Stay tuned to this website for more info.

Scotty Barnhart joins in with the Roosevelt Jazz Band. Photo: Jim Levitt