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D’Vonne Lewis Limited Edition / Roosevelt High School Jazz Band w/ special guest D’Vonne Lewis
October 22, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
D’Vonne Lewis photo by Daniel Sheehan
$18 general / $10 students
Roosevelt High jazz director Scott Brown says: “We’re going to have a great band this year!” Who better than Roosevelt jazz alum, and this year’s festival Resident Artist, to do educational clinics with the band and appear in concert with them? Also on the bill: The driving D’Vonne Lewis Limited Edition, featuring bassist Dean Schmidt.
A monstrously masterful drummer and a ubiquitous presence in a multitude of bands around the Pacific Northwest, D’Vonne Lewis is this year’s Earshot Jazz Festival Resident Artist. This evening’s concert is a special homecoming of sorts: Lewis graduated from Roosevelt High School in 2002, and will be a featured guest (and inspirational presence) with this year’s edition of the band. During his time at the school, Lewis received a slew of awards, including Outstanding Drum Soloist winner at the Essentially Ellington Festival at Lincoln Center for the years 2000, 2001, and 2002.
The Roosevelt High School Jazz Band, under the direction of Scott Brown who has led the group for more than 30 years, is one of the premier high school ensembles in the country. A hard-swinging unit that can outpace many of the nation’s college bands, Roosevelt has competed in the finals at Essentially Ellington 16 times, and has won first place three times. As director Scott Brown says: “We’re going to have a great band this year!” With D’Vonne Lewis kicking and pushing the group, the night’s music is guaranteed to be beyond great.
The show will also feature another one of Lewis’ exciting projects, the D’Vonne Lewis Limited Edition. The band offers up hard-driving grooves and spectacular musicianship shaped and propelled by a stellar band: the muscular saxophone of Cliff Colón, deep groove from Dean Schmidt on bass, Jacques Willis’ versatile voice on vibraphone and the masterful Eric Verlinde on piano.