It’s almost March, which means that it’s almost time for the next Garfield Jazz Foundation meeting! Monday, March 2 is the date, 7:00 pm is the time, and Garfield Band Room (Room 219) is the place. All parents and guardians of Garfield Jazz students are invited to attend the meeting, which will include discussions of the upcoming band trips to Reno and Essentially Ellington as well as the 25th Anniversary Garfield Jazz Gala in May. Future GJF meetings will take place on the first Monday of each month during the school year.
Garfield Jazz Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support jazz education at Garfield.
Garfield Jazz Ensemble 1 will soon be returning to New York City to compete in the 20th annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Competition & Festival!
Garfield was one of just 15 high school-level ensembles from across
North America that were selected to perform in this prestigious event.
Entries were judged by a panel of prominent jazz educators and musicians
through a two-tier blind selection process. See the complete list of competing bands here.
EE2015 will take place May 7-9, 2015 at New York City’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, the home of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.This will mark the fourteenth time in the last 17 years that Mr. Acox
had led his charges to this pinnacle of high school jazz--a truly
remarkable record of sustained excellence!
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. Competing bands perform for a panel of esteemed judges, including the legendary Wynton Marsalis. The festival culminates in a Saturday night concert and awards ceremony that will feature the three top-placing ensembles as well as a performance by music legend Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Congratulations and take a well-earned bow, Band I and Mr. Acox!!
A dark and rainy Saturday night seemed a bit brighter when Garfield Jazz Ensemble I took home first-place honors at the Bellevue College Big Band Jazz Festival XIX on February 7. Competing in a field of fourteen high schools, the band entertained a packed Carlson Theater with its renditions of “I Thought About You,” “The Gypsy,” and “One Morning in May” before closing with a rousing “Cotton Club Stomp.” In the evening finalists concert, where it was joined by Mt. Si (second place) and Roosevelt (third place), Garfield offered the audience “That Old Feeling” and “The Hourglass” before settling in to listen to a performance by the Bellevue College Jazz Ensemble (which includes former Garfield Jazzer Taylor Russell) and trumpeter Scott Wendholt of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. In addition, Fedor Paretsky was recognized as an Outstanding Soloist for his work on the alto sax. Other featured performers included Michael Dalton, Patrick Mogan, Wyatt Morrison, Isaac Poole,Leo Shannon,Nikhil Wadwha, and Tai Warner. Great job, everyone!
Tickets are on sale now for Starbucks' presentation of the 20th annual Hot Java Cool Jazz – one night only--Friday, March 20 – live at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle. Garfield Jazz Ensemble I has again been selected to join four other pre-eminent high school jazz band at Starbucks’ one-of-a-kind concert to benefit participating high school music programs. Garfield will be joined onstage by bands from Roosevelt, Mountlake Terrace, Mt. Si, and Edmonds-Woodway high schools.
If you purchase tickets online right here or at the Starbucks located at 23rd & Jackson, 100% of the proceeds will go directly to Garfield Jazz.Tickets for this event ($20) will be available at these outlets until March 12. Act soon--this concert generally sells out!
Since 1995, Starbucks Hot Java Cool Jazz has raised more than $400,000 for local students and their love of music. We look forward to helping Starbucks add to that total. Thank you for ensuring the future of jazz – your support is deeply appreciated.
We may or may not see any snowflakes in Seattle between now and the end of March, but there will be a flurry of performances by Garfield Jazz ensembles at various events around the Northwest, including some truly venerable ones! On Saturday, Jan. 31, Band I travels to Vancouver (WA) to perform at the 53rd annual Clark College Jazz Festival. As the Sweepstakes Trophy winner in the 2014 festival, Garfield isn’t eligible for the 2015 competition, but will perform as the showcase band on Saturday evening. That will be followed by Band I’s competition at the 19th annual Bellevue College Big Band Jazz Festival on February 7, a journey to Moscow (ID) by Bands I and II for the 48th annual Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho on Feb. 27-Mar. 1, and the performances of Bands II and III at the Kamiak Jazz Invitational in Mukilteo on Mar. 28. These events will provide the bands with the opportunity to perform with before and listen to some of the top high-school jazz bands in the region, and to receive instruction and critiques from esteemed musicians and jazz educators who serve as festival adjudicators.
Ensemble III’s Nov. 17 performance at The Royal Room and Ensemble I’s Kickoff Concert on Nov. 20 at the Quincy Jones Performance Center are both available for viewing on the Garfield Jazz YouTube Channel. You can also subscribe to the channel and receive automatic notifications whenever additional performances are added.
Recordings of Band I’s October 25 performance for "Live Music on Lopez" have been posted for viewing by our kind island friends, Dean and Carolyn Jacobsen of Lopez Island School Music Advocacy Foundation. Click here to watch any of the twelve songs that the band played for an appreciative local audience that day. Nostalgia buffs and alumni parents can also watch performances from the 2012 and 2013 Garfield Jazz visits to Lopez on the same site!
Remember that one of the easiest ways you can support Garfield Jazz 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!
Garfield Jazz Ensemble I opened its 2014-15 season The Triple Door on October 20, and that performance was captured in its entirety and is posted on the Garfield Jazz YouTube Channel. Click here to watch a fantastic show! Many thanks to Vadim Paretsky for making this recording, and sharing it with us.
Welcome to all new and returning Garfield Jazz families!!
On Sept. 14, Garfield Jazz families and Messrs. Acox and Zimmerman gathered on a glorious late summer afternoon at Woodland Park for the Garfield Jazz annual potluck and picnic. Couldn’t make it? Watch your mailbox for a packet of important information for Garfield Jazz families that was distributed at the picnic. In the meantime, click here to read a welcome letter from Kathy Tanaka, President of the Garfield Jazz Foundation. And mark your calendars for September 28 (Royal Room jam session) and October 6 (Garfield Jazz Foundation meeting)--the journey begins!