Several more chances to see jazz before the year ends!

See the May newsletter for specifics (in your email, or on our FAMILIES Portal (requires a password), or visit the Events page. Events include: Bellevue High School Jazz Festival (Ensembles 2 & 3) Farewell to Seniors concert (All Ensembles) Royal Room concert (Ensemble 1) – tickets at  

Hot Java Cool Jazz tickets on sale now!

COME SEE GARFIELD JAZZ BAND 1 PERFORM LIVE at the Paramount Theatre Friday, March 18, 2022 at 7 pm For over 25 years, Starbucks has presented Hot Java Cool Jazz, an evening dedicated to showcasing the finest high school student jazz ensembles in the region. Selling out venues such as the Paramount and Benaroya Hall, all proceeds from this concert…

Save the Date: Starbucks Hot Java Cool Jazz concert

March 18, 2022, 7 pm at The Paramount Theatre

For over 25 years, Starbucks has presented Hot Java Cool Jazz, an evening dedicated to showcasing the finest high school student jazz ensembles in the region, selling out venues such as the Paramount and Benaroya Hall. 100% of all ticket sales from this concert go directly to the performing school music programs. Since 1995, Starbucks has raised over $700,000 from Hot Java Cool Jazz. Garfield has been selected to participate every year since 1995!

Recording of Garfield Jazz Kickoff Concert

December’s Kickoff Concert featuring all three Garfield Jazz ensembles was extra special given it was the first time the ensembles performed in front of a live audience since January 2020! If you were unable to attend the December 9th event or you just want to enjoy it all over again, you can view the recorded…

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.…