Bulldog Jazz will help Seattle celebrate the holidays at Seattle Center as part of Winterfest 2013.
Ensembles I and II will each give a free, public performance at the Seattle Center Armory (formerly known as the Center House) during Seattle's annual holiday party. The festivities begin on Saturday, December 7, when Ensemble II plays from 3:00-3:50 p.m. Ensemble I will jingle the Armory’s jazz bells a week later, on Saturday, December 14 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Come downtown and listen to some jazz, and afterwards visit the Space Needle or the Chihuly Museum, or get some shopping done--but don't miss the Bulldogs' Winterjazz!
Jazz meets rock again at this year’s Rolling Retreads “fun raiser” with The Rolling Retreads on Saturday, Jan. 25 at The Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in West Seattle. The Rolling Retreads is a band consisting (mostly) of the parents of former Garfield Jazz musicians who who love to play rock hits of the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s (maybe even the ‘80s)! For the last five years, they have played a benefit for Garfield Jazz. It promises to be a great time. Details and evites to follow, but it’s not too early to mark your calendar!
Ensemble I gave a dazzling performance at The Triple Door as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival on November 6. Click on our Photos and Videos tab to view a slide show of the highlights of the show--photos courtesy of Band II parent Matt Lawrence--and go to Matt’s flickr page to see his complete collection from this and other concerts. Thanks, Matt!
Have you noticed something new at the bottom of the Garfield Jazz home page recently? That’s right, some brand-new Garfield Jazz merchandise--t-shirts, hoodies, and all-new tote bags, all bearing a new Garfield Jazz logo designed by a member of Band III! Click here to take a closer look and place your order! Traditionalists can still obtain the classic 2011 shirt design while quantities last. Plus, you can choose from among several Garfield Jazz CDs and other items. These all make great gifts for Garfield jazz lovers (and just jazz lovers) of all ages! And watch for the upcoming release of a brand-new Garfield Jazz CD!!
Remember that one of the easiest ways you can support Garfield Jazz throughout the year is to do your shopping on Amazon.com through the Garfield Jazz Foundation website.
Here's how it works: the Garfield Jazz Foundation has partnered with Amazon.com so that our families and friends can access Amazon.com via our web site. Just click on their logo at the bottom of our home page. They'll recognize you as a GJF shopper, and will return up to 10% of the proceeds of your purchases to the Garfield Jazz Foundation. You pay no extra fees to use this service, and the proceeds directly benefit your favorite high school jazz program!
Rest assured that you are shopping in complete confidence - GJF receives no reports of who buys what. But you do have to visit Amazon.com through our website for Garfield Jazz to receive these funds.
Whether shopping for yourself or looking for gifts, you can buy virtually anything you might want on Amazon.com with just a click of the mouse that sends dollars to Garfield Jazz. Forward a link to our website to your relatives, friends, and business associates and tell them how easy it is to support Garfield Jazz while they shop!
That’s the question posed by this recent article in the New York Times. Many think the answer is “yes.” If nothing else, there seems to be a correlation between success in music and in other pursuits. Wherever the truth lies, the author points out how music education fosters qualities that can contribute to success in any number of fields--such as collaboration, creativity, diligence, listening skills, and the ability to reconcile conflicting ideas. All that, plus music is fun to play and listen to!
Garfield Jazz Ensemble I opened the 2013-14 season, Clarence Acox’s
43rd year at Garfield High School, with a stellar performance on October 12 at historic Woodmen Hall on Lopez
Island. On a brilliant, sun-drenched fall afternoon in the San Juans, an
appreciative audience of islanders crowded into the auditorium to enjoy a
varied set that featured pieces by everyone from Charlie Parker and Chick Corea
to Henry Mancini and, yes, Englebert Humperdinck, and included a host of superb
solos. The performance was Garfield Jazz’s sixth annual fundraiser for the
Lopez Island School Music Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is
to enhance the K-12 music program at Lopez Schools. It was a quick trip, but it
bodes well for another great year of jazz at Garfield!
Welcome to all new and returning Garfield Jazz families!!
Click here to read a letter from Kathy Tanaka, President of the Garfield Jazz Foundation, with some important information for all families. (A copy of this letter was included in the packet distributed at the Garfield Jazz Potluck and Welcome Picnic.)
An article recently published in Northwest Prime Time told readers about the amazing accomplishments of Clarence Acox and Marcus Tsutakawa in their combined 70 years of music education at Garfield High School. it’s always a pleasure to see the broader community recognizing the immense talents and contributions of these two Bulldog treasures. Read the article here.
the success of our summer jam sessions, we're launching a new
nine-month Garfield Jazz Jam with Alumni series,
hosted by The
Royal Room in Columbia City, with monthly Sunday evening
sessions beginning on September 29. See our Jam with Alumni poster for details! Hope to see you