Jazz meets rock once again at The Rolling Retreads “fun raiser” music and dance party on Saturday, April 4 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm 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 and Motown hits of the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s and ‘80s! It also features Garfield alum Julia Wentzel (Class of 2004) and current GHS student Julia Furukawa (Class of 2016) as awesome vocalists and current Garfield jazz musicians in the horn section. A possible guest appearance by a certain Garfield Jazz director is also distinctly possible.
For the last six years, The Rolling Retreads have played a benefit for Garfield Jazz and countless Garfield Jazz parents have worn out the dance floor, or just enjoyed the music, food and assorted beverages, and socializing.Admission (age 21 and over only) is $30, with a special $20 “Millennial Rate” for ages 21-30, and can be purchased here. (If you purchase online, your tickets will be held for you at the door.) All proceeds go to support the Garfield High School jazz ensembles. Please join us for a fun-filled night to benefit the jazz program, and bring along your music-loving family and friends!
Two Garfield alumni were recognized by Earshot Jazz as part of its 2014 Golden Ear awards that were announced on March 16. Honored as Emerging Artist was Carmen Rothwell, former Garfield Jazz bassist from the Class of 2010, and Evan Flory-Barnes (Class of 1997) was named as the 2014 Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year! Evan is also a bassist, and while at Garfield he was a member of the acclaimed Garfield symphony Orchestra.
Earshot also conferred a special award to Seattle JazzEd for its "significant contribution to jazz education in Seattle.” Both Clarence Acox and Jacob Zimmerman are ensemble directors at JazzEd, which was established by Garfield Jazz parents and works with a number of Garfield Jazz students and alumni. Once again, Mr. Acox and Garfield leave their imprint on the Seattle music community. Congratulations to all!
Both Band I and Band II were among the ensembles selected to be featured in Saturday night’s Young Artists’ Concert in the University of Idaho’s Kibbie Dome at the 2015 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival! Earlier in the day, Band I performed “I Thought About You,” “The Gypsy” and “Hourglass” at the Festival, while Band II offered “Bluff Point,” “Londonderry Air,” and “Easy to Love.” Adding to Garfield’s laurels was guitarist Nikhil Wadhwa, who was chosen to play in the evening’s Hamp’s Club concert. Band I's Fedor Paretskyand Leo Shannon, and Band II's Marco Thompson and Owen Boxwell were also recognized as outstanding soloists. Congratulations to all of the musicians and Mr. Acox!
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!
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.