We’re Back!

As our jazz band director Scott Brown proclaimed at our swinging Jazz Nutcracker performance on Dec. 4, Roosevelt Jazz is back!

Next up, our jazz ensembles are performing at the Royal Room in Columbia City, and then back onstage at Roosevelt High School for Jazz Night Dec. 9 (check your email for ticket info — Roosevelt families only).

Coming up in January: more performances, recording sessions and hopes for a Jazzy New Year!

Photos: Sven Haakanson

Jazz Nutcracker tickets now available!

The Roosevelt Jazz Nutcracker

Saturday, December 4th | 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 5th | 2:00 PM

Roosevelt High School Performing Arts Theatre

Celebrate the Holidays with the 2021-2022 Roosevelt Jazz Band under the direction of Scott Brown!
For the 22nd year, The Band will perform Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s swinging Jazz Nutcracker Suite, in Roosevelt’s Performing Arts Theatre.

Capacity is extremely limited so get your tickets NOW.

Link to buy tickets [HERE].


In accordance with the October 25th King County Health mandate:
*To be admitted to Roosevelt’s INDOOR performances, only ADULT and SENIOR ticket holders need to show proof of vaccination (“P.O.V.”).
*Children and Students 12-18 do not need to show proof of vaccination.
*Universal masking required for audience members in the school and in the theatre.
*Theatre capacity is limited.  Ticket holders shall be seated in “family units” or “pods” of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 seats.
*All attendees must complete a health screening and show the green check mark to ushers upon entry.  (QR code link will be posted outside the show).
Restrictions are subject to change. Check rooseveltjazz.org the day of your show for the latest info.

Live Jazz and Holiday Traditions Return!

Our jazz bands are taking the stage in December as in-person performances resume at Roosevelt! JB1 will perform its time-honored Jazz Nutcracker to the music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn Dec. 4 at 7:30p.m. and Dec. 5 at 2pm. Then all four RHS jazz ensembles will show off their latest repertoire at Jazz Night, Thursday Dec. 9.

Seating will be assigned for all concerts and capacity will be limited in response to public health guidelines. We’ll be asking for volunteers to make these concerts a successful return to live performance!


Please visit rooseveltjazz.ludus.com after Thursday morning, Nov. 25 !


All-Jazz Bands Retreat This Saturday!

The jazz retreat has always been a highlight of the school year, a special opportunity to play with students outside your usual ensemble and to receive feedback from top clinicians. And it’s back! This year’s retreat will take place at RHS all day Saturday Nov. 13 from 9am to 7pm. It will be an intense day of music, learning, socializing and fun!
Schedule includes a faculty concert before dinner, followed by a closing concert featuring vocal jazz students and three big bands.

Marina Albero w/ Roosevelt High School Jazz Band, Earshot Jazz October 2021

(November, 2021) Update: We had a great time recording with Marina Albero and performing her music.  We look forward to participating in the festival next year – stay tuned!


(original post) Earshot’s 2021 Festival Resident Artist, Marina Albero, performs with her piano quartet with Alex Dugdale on saxophone, and then, with the stellar Roosevelt ensemble, who will present her seldom-heard compositions for big band arranged by Dugdale, an RHS alum. $10-20. Livestream, and VOD tickets available.

Notes: This is a stream of a concert recorded by Earshot Jazz on the 19th October 2021. The concert airs from Seattle at 7:00pm PDT, on October 23.

Roosevelt Jazz Band 1

Earshot Jazz and Roosevelt Jazz!