Last Chance for Hot Java Cool Jazz Tickets!

posted Apr 19, 2014, 3:11 AM by Garfield Jazz Admin   [ updated Apr 19, 2014, 3:15 AM ]

Ticket sales to Hot Java Cool Jazz via our website will end at midnight on Saturday, April 19, and sales at the Starbucks located at 23rd Ave. S. & S. Jackson will stop at 3 pm on Sunday, April 20. One hundred percent of the sales proceeds from these two outlets benefit Garfield Jazz, so don't wait any longer to buy tickets! (Tickets purchased via the Garfield Jazz website will be mailed to you.) After April 20, tickets will be available only through the Paramount box office.

The 19th Annual Hot Java Cool Jazz concert, on Friday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre, will feature Garfield Jazz Ensemble I as well as the Roosevelt, Ballard, Mountlake Terrace and Bothell High School jazz bands. Tickets are $20  (plus a $1 shipping handling fee if ordered through Garfield Jazz Foundation). It promises to be a dazzling evening of musicianship--don’t miss it!

We are very grateful to be invited to participate in this exciting event by Starbucks, which since 1995 has raised over $350,000 for Puget Sound area high school jazz programs through Hot Java Cool Jazz!

Register for the 2014 Garfield Jazz Gala!

posted Apr 19, 2014, 3:02 AM by Garfield Jazz Admin

The 2014 Garfield Jazz Gala is less than a month away, so register now and make your plans for the Jazz Caravan on Friday, May 16 at the Brockey Center on the campus of South Seattle Community College. All three ensembles, under the direction of Clarence Acox and Jacob Zimmerman, will play at this annual evening of jazz, dining, and FUN. Doors will open at 6:30 pm.

The Gala is our most important fundraising event of the year, so please click here to register yourself and your guests. The registration price covers dinner, dessert, and beer and wine. Most importantly, the Gala provides an opportunity to listen to and applaud all three of Garfield’s bands and their dedicated directors in one of their last performances of the school year. Bring your family and friends, and join the Garfield Jazz Caravan!

Reno Jazz Festival Report

posted Apr 16, 2014, 4:41 PM by Garfield Jazz Admin

Garfield Jazz Ensemble II traveled to Nevada to compete at the 52nd annual Reno Jazz Festival at the University of Nevada from April 12-April 14. Students recognized for outstanding performances at the Festival were: Ben Lindenburg (tenor sax), Liam Connor (trumpet), Nicolas Lutenko (piano), Liya LaPierre (bass) and Daelen Gates (bass). In addition, the Jazz Ensemble II Combo received third place honors in its category. Liam Connor, Liya LaPierre, Ben Lindenburg, and Nicolas Lutenko were joined in the combo by Leo Shannon (guitar), and Blake Tiemann (drums). Click here to see the complete Festival results. Congratulations to these and all the musicians, and many thanks to the chaperones and Mr. Acox for making it all possible!

Bulldog Alumni Tapped for Golden Ear Honors

posted Mar 16, 2014, 10:27 AM by Garfield Jazz Admin

The continuing musical legacy of Clarence Acox and Garfield Jazz was reflected in the 2013 Golden Ear awards, presented by Earshot Jazz on March 10. Since 1990, Earshot Jazz has recognized outstanding achievement in Seattle-area jazz through these awards. This year’s recipients included Band III Director (and Garfield alumnus) Jacob Zimmerman in the “Emerging Artist” category and The Westerlies (featuring recent Bulldogs Riley Mulherkar, Zubin Hensler and Willem deKoch) in the “Alternative Jazz Group” category. The Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble, which took “Acoustic Jazz Ensemble” honors, also counts Garfield alum among its members. Congratulations to all the honorees! For complete Golden Ear results, click here.

Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival Results, Videos

posted Feb 23, 2014, 10:15 AM by Garfield Jazz Admin   [ updated Apr 2, 2014, 11:17 PM ]

At the 2014 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow, ID, Garfield Jazz Band I was among the featured ensembles in Saturday evening’s Young Artists’ Concert, entertaining the Kibbie Dome audience with “I Had A Ball.” Additionally, Alice Mar-Abe, Jack Swiggett, and Isak Washburn-Gaines were all selected to play  in the “Hamp’s Club” concert for outstanding soloists ....... Congratulations to all!!

To watch videos of performances of Bands I and II, and the "Hamp's Club" solo performances (and many other Garfield Jazz performances), visit the Garfield Jazz YouTube channel.

Lucky Thirteen! Garfield to Make 13th Appearance at Essentially Ellington!

posted Feb 19, 2014, 11:35 AM by Garfield Jazz Admin   [ updated Feb 19, 2014, 1:07 PM ]

We are delighted to announce that Garfield Jazz Ensemble I has been selected to compete in the 19th annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival!  EE 2014 will take place May 8-10, 2014 at New York City’s beautiful Frederick P. Rose Theater, the home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. This year marks the 13th time in the last 16 years that Clarence Acox has led Garfield to this prestigious event!
Band I is one of just fifteen ensembles from across North America that were chosen to participate in EE 2014. Entries were judged by a panel of prominent jazz educators and musicians and selected through a two-tier blind selection process.
Essentially Ellington is much more than a music competition. It’s a three-day celebration of jazz and jazz education that includes jam sessions, rehearsals, and workshops with pre-eminent clinicians. The competing bands perform for a panel of esteemed adjudicators, including the legendary Wynton Marsalis. The festival culminates in a concert and awards ceremony that features the three top-placing bands as well as a performance by the outstanding Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
Western Washington is again well-represented at Essentially Ellington, as the Roosevelt and Mt. Si jazz bands will join Garfield in New York City. Congratulations to all of the selected bands, and especially to Band I and Mr. Acox, as they add to the amazing Bulldog Jazz legacy!!

Garfield Takes Second at Snow-Shortened Bellevue Festival

posted Feb 8, 2014, 9:31 PM by Garfield Jazz Admin   [ updated Feb 8, 2014, 9:38 PM ]

An unexpected snowfall forced the cancellation of the evening’s finalists’ concert, but not before Garfield Jazz Ensemble I was awarded second place at the Bellevue College Big Band Jazz Festival XVIII on February 8. Sixteen high school bands from around the state entertained listeners throughout the day before Garfield was selected as one of the three finalists, along with Mt. Si and Roosevelt, which took first. Garfield's offerings were "Brush Taps," "I Remember Clifford," "Black & Tan Fantasy," and a sizzling rendition of "Caravan."

The three outstanding soloist honors given to Bulldogs--received by Isaac Poole (trombone), Jack Swiggett (piano), and Isak-Washburn-Gaines (clarinet)--were more than went to any other school. (Isak and Jack were also recognized last week at Clark College, and Isak at last year’s Big Band Jazz Festival.) Other featured players were Alice Mar-Abe, Nikhil Wadwha, Adam Ellner, Charlie Feig, Derek Billey, Matthew Thompson, Harald Hyllseth, and Janak Preston.

Unfortunately,the snowflakes brought the festival to an abrupt end, and left the audience wanting more....but fortunately, there is more great jazz to come from our students for the next four months!

Band I Swings and Sweeps at Clark College!

posted Feb 1, 2014, 7:46 PM by Garfield Jazz Admin   [ updated Feb 2, 2014, 12:48 PM ]

Garfield Jazz Ensemble I had a very successful trip to Vancouver, taking first place in the AAAA Division in the 52nd annual Clark College Jazz Festival and winning the Sweepstakes Award as the outstanding ensemble in the entire festival--its seventh Sweepstakes Award at Clark since 1995! Playing "Nancy Jo," "Black and Tan Fantasy," and "What Am I Here For?", the band was selected as one of three finalists, along with by Battle Ground and Union High Schools.  In the finals, it captured the festival honors with stellar renditions of "Brush Taps" and Quincy Jones' "I Had A Ball."  Three members of the band also received individual recognition with “Outstanding Musician Awards”--Alice Mar-Abe, Isak Washburn-Gaines and (for the second consecutive year!) Jack Swiggett! Congratulations to our three individual honorees and the entire band!

Click here to see local news coverage of the festival in The Columbian.

Band III Selected to Play at First Seattle Jazz Experience!

posted Jan 25, 2014, 8:32 AM by Garfield Jazz Admin   [ updated Jan 25, 2014, 8:39 AM ]

Congratulations to the members of Garfield Jazz Ensemble III and Director Jacob Zimmerman for being selected to play in the first-ever Seattle Jazz Experience!! A two-day festival produced by Cornish College of the Arts, in association with Seattle JazzED and Seattle Center, the inaugural Seattle Jazz Experience will take place on March 14 and 15 at the Seattle Center’s Cornish Playhouse.

The festival is open to high school and college ensembles throughout North America. Sixteen bands, from as far away as Texas, were chosen by an independent panel of adjudicators based on audition submissions. In addition to performances by the selected groups, the festival will include workshops, clinics, jam sessions as well as guest performances by the Cuong Vu Trio and Matt Wilson's Arts & Crafts. Grammy Award-winning composer and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Bill Holman, whose music will be featured at the festival, will also be in residence to conduct some of the clinics.

We couldn’t be happier that Band III has given Garfield the opportunity to play some of the first notes in what we hope will soon become established as a Seattle tradition, adding to our city’s rich jazz heritage. Great work, Band III!

For more details and schedules, go to

Brand New Garfield Jazz CD, “Remembering,” Available for Purchase!

posted Jan 9, 2014, 9:59 PM by Garfield Jazz Admin   [ updated Jan 13, 2014, 10:23 AM ]

It was certainly worth the wait!!.....Garfield Jazz has released its first CD in several years, and you can purchase it right here at the Garfield Jazz website. Entitled “Remembering," it features 10 songs recorded between 2008 and 2013 that were specially selected for this CD by Clarence Acox, including two tunes that Garfield played at last year’s Essentially Ellington festival. Featuring over 48 minutes of music performed by more than 110 different student musicians, “Remembering” is a treat for all fans of jazz and all members of the Garfield community. To order a copy, just go to our Merchandise page. While you're there, you can purchase your admission to the January 25 Rolling Retreads "funraiser" dance party and one of the new (or old) Garfield Jazz logo items.

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