Welcome to Garfield Jazz!

Garfield Jazz is part of the nationally recognized Fine Arts Department at Garfield High School, a diverse public school in Seattle, Washington. Garfield High School has a long history of outstanding musical education. For over 40 years, the Garfield Jazz program has taught thousands of students the art of jazz, honing their musical skills, teaching them to improvise and how to swing. Led by Jared Sessink, Garfield Jazz consists of three big band ensembles and is supported by the Garfield Jazz Foundation, a parent-run booster organization.

This website is run by the Garfield Jazz Foundation and not affiliated with Seattle Public Schools.

Welcome to Garfield Jazz!

Garfield Jazz is part of the nationally recognized Fine Arts Department at Garfield High School, a diverse public school in Seattle, Washington. Garfield High School has a long history of outstanding musical education. For over 40 years, the Garfield Jazz program has taught thousands of students the art of jazz, honing their musical skills, teaching them to improvise and how to swing. Led by Jared Sessink, Garfield Jazz consists of three big band ensembles and is supported by the Garfield Jazz Foundation, a parent-run booster organization.

This website is run by the Garfield Jazz Foundation and not affiliated with Seattle Public Schools.

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2021/22 School Year: August Newsletter from Mr. Sessink

Garfield Jazz Families,

I hope that everyone is having a relaxing summer and enjoying some beautiful weather. As we approach the start of the 2021-22 school year, I’d like to share some important dates and information about jazz.

We are sharing a preliminary calendar of events so that families can begin to plan ahead for the school year. There are several regional jazz festivals that have not yet been announced, and some rehearsals, performances, and trips may be added later. Any required event will be announced as far in advance as possible, and we will not attend any event last minute. The Garfield Jazz Foundation website calendar will remain the most up-to-date calendar throughout the year.

2020-21 Jazz Class Lists

Garfield Jazz Students & Families, I want to recognize the dedication and hard work that all of returning and incoming jazz students demonstrated through their audition submissions. I listened to incredible student transcriptions. I am glad that music practice has provided an outlet for students to set goals and maintain musical focus in unprecedented times.…

2020 Garfield Jazz – virtual concert available!

Visit our Media page  to see Garfield Jazz 1 play Count Basie’s ‘Blues Backstage’ live from their living rooms and basements!

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