Monday, Dec. 1: Poinsettia Pickup and Garfield Jazz Foundation Meeting

posted Nov 22, 2014, 9:34 AM by Garfield Jazz Admin

Before you know it, it will be time to finish off your Thanksgiving leftovers and pick up your Garfield Jazz holiday poinsettias! Plants will be distributed in The Commons at Garfield High School on Monday, Dec. 1 from 2:30 to 7:00 p.m. If you purchased poinsettias, please make sure you get to Garfield during those hours to receive them. Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2014 Garfield Jazz Poinsettia Fundraiser--a special thanks goes to Asha Wadwha for once again organizing out poinsettia sales! If you have any questions, contact Asha at

December 1 also marks the next meeting of the Garfield Jazz Foundation meeting; all parents and guardians of Garfield Jazz students are invited to attend our meeting, which will start at 7:00 pm in the Garfield Band Room (Room 219).

Garfield Jazz Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support jazz education at Garfield.  Future GJF meetings will take place on the first Monday of each month during the school year.

Royal Room Jam Session: Sunday, Nov. 23

posted Nov 21, 2014, 7:32 AM by Garfield Jazz Admin   [ updated Nov 21, 2014, 7:37 AM ]

Don't forget that the next Garfield Jazz Jam with Alumni session will take place on Sunday, November 23, from 5:00-6:30 pm at The Royal Room in Columbia City under the leadership of Band III Director Jacob Zimmerman. Jam sessions provide current jazz students the opportunity to play together and have some fun while working on their improvisational skills. Alums are always welcome to show up and join the jam! Parents, friends and family are encouraged to stay for the music and enjoy food and drink at one of Seattle's leading jazz venues.

The jam sessions occur monthly; check the Garfield Jazz calendar for dates and times.

What to Expect:  Come with a song or two you’d like to play. You don’t need to have improvised with Garfield Jazz before.  Just come prepared to play, have fun, and be inspired!

What to Bring:  Your instrument and music (bring fake books, if you have these); amp if guitar is your instrument.

Equipment Provided:  Piano, Drums, Bass Amp (bring your own bass), music stands.

Families and Friends:  Please come enjoy the great music, food and drinks at the Royal Room! Reservations recommended for dinner (call 906-9920).

Questions?  Call Jam Coordinator Barb Hoiland at


"Almost Live on Lopez!”: Band I Island Performance Posted

posted Nov 14, 2014, 11:37 AM by Garfield Jazz Admin   [ updated Nov 14, 2014, 11:40 AM ]

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!

Band II to Open the Year at Northshore Jazz Fest

posted Nov 8, 2014, 3:54 PM by Garfield Jazz Admin   [ updated Nov 17, 2014, 8:47 PM ]

Garfield Jazz Ensemble II will launch its performance year on Saturday, November 22, taking the stage as an entrant in the Northshore Jazz Festival, along with other high school and middle school jazz bands from around the state. The Festival will take place at the Northshore Performing Arts Center, located on the campus of Bothell High School.  The band is expected to begin its performance at approximately 6:40 pm. For more information about the event, contact Band II Representative Ian Glass at

It's the start of a great new year--come on out to hear and support Garfield Jazz at Northshore!

Support Garfield Jazz While You Shop @!

posted Oct 31, 2014, 11:02 PM by Garfield Jazz Admin

As the holidays approach, remember that one of the easiest ways you can support Garfield Jazz is to do your shopping on through the Garfield Jazz Foundation website.

Here's how it works: the Garfield Jazz Foundation has partnered with so that our families and friends can access 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 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 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!

See the Triple Door Performance Video on YouTube

posted Oct 31, 2014, 10:56 PM by Garfield Jazz Admin

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 (and Welcome Back) to Garfield Jazz!

posted Sep 15, 2014, 10:26 PM by Garfield Jazz Admin

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!

Keep in Touch, Bulldog Jazz Alumni!

posted Jun 28, 2014, 8:04 PM by Garfield Jazz Admin

Class of 2014 and other Garfield Jazz alumni--we want to keep in touch with you!  As another class of graduates moves on to new adventures and new challenges, we are reminded that our alumni not only inspire our current students, but they can also play an ongoing role in the program, especially through participation in our Royal Room jam sessions.

Please LIKE our Facebook page and post your upcoming Seattle-area gigs so that our current Garfield jazz musicians can turn out to hear you.  Also, if you tweet us @GarfieldJazz, we'll be happy to give you a re-tweet.

Include your name and instrument (year of graduation is useful, too) along with group name/performers, date, time, place, admission fee, and any age restrictions.

You're also welcome to post recordings of your recent jazz performances to our Facebook page, so that the entire Garfield Jazz family can keep up with your progress.

Thanks for staying connected!

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WATCH us on YouTube at "Garfield Jazz"

Band II Wins Big in Bellevue!

posted May 12, 2014, 9:11 PM by Garfield Jazz Admin

While Ensemble I was occupied in New York, Garfield Jazz Ensemble II was busy defending the “home turf” at the 32nd annual Bellevue High School Jazz Festival on May 10, extending the Bulldog magic from coast to coast! Under the direction of Jacob Zimmerman, the band not only took home first place in the 3A high school division, but was also were awarded the  Sweepstakes Trophy, which recognizes the most outstanding ensemble of the festival! The judges commented that Garfield "had the most swing" of the nearly 50 competing high school and middle school bands. In the 3A division, Interlake High School placed second and Mercer Island High School placed third behind the Bulldogs. Congratulations to Band II on their terrific showing, and a special thanks goes to Mr. Zimmerman for stepping up to direct our musicians in Mr. Acox’s absence!

Garfield Lands 4th Place at Essentially Ellington! View Webcast, Etc.

posted May 10, 2014, 10:27 PM by Garfield Jazz Admin   [ updated May 28, 2014, 7:38 AM ]

The Garfield Jazz Ensemble’s thirteenth visit to the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Competition & Festival was a rousing success, as the band garnered a fourth place (Honorable Mention) finish and also brought home multiple individual and sectional awards!! In what the judges described as the most talented collection of bands in Essentially Ellington history, Garfield displayed the top-notch musicianship that has been a hallmark of Bulldog Jazz over the decades. Leading off the Saturday afternoon set, the band began with “Anitra’s Dance,” followed that with “Perdido,” and wrapped up with a sizzling rendition of “Black & Tan Fantasy.”  In addition to the overall Honorable Mention award, Garfield took home awards for Outstanding Trumpet Section, Outstanding Trombone Section and Outstanding Pep Section. Our individual honorees were: Charlie Feig (Honorable Mention, Trumpet),  Alice Mar-Abe (Honorable Mention, Piano), Tom Renehan (Honorable Mention, Trumpet), Charlie Sawyer (Honorable Mention, Tenor Sax), Jack Swiggett (Outstanding Piano) and Isak Washburn-Gaines (Outstanding Tenor Sax). A hearty congratulations to Mr. Acox and the entire band!!!

It was an extremely tight competition, as Wynton Marsalis reported that "there were only three or four points separating the top four bands." The overall winner of the competition for the second consecutive year was Tucson Jazz Institute (Tuscon, AZ). Second place went to Jazz House Kids (Montclair, NJ) and third place to Dillard Center for the Arts (Ft. Lauderdale, FL). Kudos to the top finishers and all of the 15 finalist ensembles!!  

To view Garfield's performance in its entirety, click here to watch Jazz at Lincoln Center's webcast. (Garfield's segment begins at about the 9:00 mark.)

You can also watch a CBS News report on EE 2014KING 5's report (broadcast before the announcement of Garfield's award)and see KOMO TV's Ellington preview, featuring an extended report on both thye Garfield and Roosevelt jazz bands.

Click here for the Seattle Times' report on EE 2014.

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