While Band I prepares to travel to the Big Apple, it will make a diversion to “New York, New York” with a Sinatra Retrospective Concert on Thursday, March 27 at 7:00 pm at the Quincy Jones Performance Center. Joined by noted Northwest crooner Danny Quintero, Mr. Acox and the band will re-create the musical hits of Frank Sinatra (1915-98).
“Ol’ Blue Eyes” was a superstar whose professional singing career spanned more than 50 years, starting with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey in the 1940s swing era and and including a decades-long tenure in Las Vegas. Along the way he was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1980. Sinatra loomed large over American popular music and culture until his retirement from performing in 1994. Today, Quintero’s smooth vocal stylings so uncannily evoke Sinatra that you’ll think the “Chairman of the Board” himself is back on stage. The concert will also include a piece featuring the trombones from Bands I, II and III. Please join us for this special musical evening! (Admission $10 adults, $5 child, $20 family, middle school students with ID free.)
There are two events in the not-too-distant future that Garfield Jazz supporters will not want to miss. On Friday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m., Garfield Jazz Band I will take the Paramount Theatre stage with four other top area high school jazz bands at the 19th annual Hot Java Cool Jazz benefit concert. Tickets go on sale April 1. Then, on Friday, May 16 at 6:30 pm, all three ensembles will entertain Garfield Jazz family and friends as we celebrate the jazz program at the annual 2014 Garfield Jazz Gala at the Brockey Center at South Seattle Community College. Registration begins soon. Proceeds from both events go to support our musicians, and your support is vital to the ongoing health of the program. Mark the dates on your calendar make plans to be there!
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.
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!!
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!!
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!
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.
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 http://www.seattlejazzexperience.org/
|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.
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!!