Garfield High School Jazz Band photo by Daniel Sheehan.

Earshot Jazz Joins Jazz Coalition as Inaugural Member

Earshot Jazz has joined the Jazz Co­alition as an inaugural member along with many other industry profession­als, musicians, and supporters dedi­cated to the advancement of jazz. The Jazz Coalition aims to support artists and boost overall morale in this dif­ficult time by commissioning the cre­ation of new works. As of this date, the first wave of awardees includes Aaron Parks, Wayne Horvitz, Bran­dee Younger, Joel Ross, Orrin Evans, Jazzmeia Horn, and many others. For a full list of awardees or more informa­tion about the coalition, visit jazzcoali­tion.org.

JazzEd Virtual Gala on June 3

The JazzEd 10th Anniversary Gala will be livestreamed on YouTube on Wednesday June 3, with no tickets re­quired. The pre-gala livestream dance party DJ’d by Michael Mwenso be­gins at 6:30pm and the Virtual Gala begins at 7pm. The gala will include student stories, live performances, and new videos as well as a virtual raise-the-paddle. For details on the gala visit seattlejazzed.org/gala.

Essentially Ellington Rescheduled Online

The Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival was originally slated to be held on May 7–9, but was postponed in mid-March due to COVID-19. Local area schools which would have attend­ed in New York are Roosevelt High School, Garfield High School, Mount­lake Terrace High School, Mount Si High School, and Seattle JazzED. In place of the physical event, Jazz at Lin­coln Center will honor the 18 chosen bands in a livestream event from June 8–12. The Virtual International Festi­val will include student performances, interviews with band leaders and stu­dents, videos of alum performances, composition masterclasses, a jam ses­sion, a cheer tunnel, and the award ceremony. Earshot Jazz would like to congratulate all the student jazz band members and their band leaders. Con­gratulations are also in order for all the graduating seniors. For details on the virtual Essentially Ellington event visit jazzatlincolncenter.squarespace.com.

DownBeat Magazine’s 43rd Annual Student Music Awards

Earshot Jazz congratulates all the awardees in DownBeat’s Student Music Awards including these lo­cal students. In the Vocal Jazz Solo­ist category, the Junior High School Winner is Sivan Green from Eckstein Middle School, Seattle (dir. Mo Esc­obedo) and the High School Winner is Brooke Lambert from Roosevelt High School, Seattle (dir. Jean-Marie Kent). In the same category, the High School Outstanding Performer is Tess Korver from Roosevelt High School (dir. Jean-Marie Kent).

In the Large Vocal Jazz Ensemble category, the Junior High School win­ner is Eckstein Middle School, Vo­cal Jazz 1 (dir. Mo Escobedo) with the outstanding lead vocalist, Nadia Luke. In the same category the Ju­nior High School Outstanding Per­formance is Grass Valley Vocal Jazz from Grass Valley Elementary, Camas (dir. Natalie Wilson).

The Large Vocal Jazz Ensemble High School Winner is Impressions from Meadowdale High School, Lynwood (dir. Jeff Horenstein) with outstanding lead soloist Joshua Reyn­olds. In the same category the Com­munity College Outstanding Perfor­mance is Bellevue College Jazz Sing­ers from Bellevue College, Bellevue (dir. Thomas Almli) with Outstanding Soloist, Jade Perry; and Outstanding 1st Vocalese Soloist, Marly Mitchell; and Outstanding 3rd Vocalese Soloist, Santiago Sosa.

Garfield High School Jazz Student’s Creative Response to COVID-19.

As with all other school students across the nation, Garfield jazz band students have had their opportunity to perform in live group settings severely limited. In particular, Garfield High Jazz Ensemble 1 students missed out on performing and competing at Es­sentially Ellington along with many of their other scheduled performances. Determined to continue performing, the ensemble students devised a cre­ative way of meeting the pandemic restrictions where they’re at. Each stu­dent recorded their portion of a com­position in their own space and the separate videos were compiled into one virtual concert including all 20 stu­dents. All Garfield High School bands and jazz ensembles are under the di­rection of Jared Sessink. The video of the virtual concert can be viewed on the Garfield Jazz YouTube channel.

Reopen Every Venue Safely Initiative

Music Cities Together, a partner­ship between Music Policy Forum, and Sound Music Cities is launching Reopen Every Venue Safely (REVS). Seattle is among one of the pilot cities involved. REVS will help venues cre­ate an effective reopening plan by as­sisting them with work plans, budgets, protocols, and communication strate­gies. The REVS program aims for col­lective and coordinated city-wide suc­cess by collaborating with local gov­ernments, other local venues, public

health experts, and creative industries advocates. Follow the link to musicci­tiestogether.squarespace.com for more details about this program.

Egan’s Transition Fund

Suzanne Weghorst, owner of local jazz venue Egan’s Ballard Jam House, set up a GoFundMe campaign—Egan’s Transition Fund— to help cov­er their business costs and also to pro­vide financial support to artists in re­sponse to the COVID-19 crisis. Even with the staggered re-opening of the economy, businesses like Egan’s and the musicians who rely on the venue to play their gigs, will continue to struggle. This fund will try to bridge the gap until businesses can start gen­erating sufficient income to sustain themselves. To donate to the fund, visit gofundme.com.

City Funding For Live Music Venues

In mid-May, the King County Coun­cil approved $60 million in emergency funding to continue the county’s re­sponse to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget has allotted $750,000 to support live music venues.

Mayor Durkan Joins Request for Increased Federal Arts Funding

In mid-May, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan along with nearly two dozen mayors across the U.S sent a request to Congress asking for increased funding to the arts. As well as calling for extra funding the request also pleads for an extension to unemployment insurance for artists and self-employed workers, and more forgivable loans to nonprofit organizations, and asks for the chari­table tax code to be altered to encour­age more donations, among other re­quests. The initiative was spearheaded by San Francisco Arts Alliance and San Francisco Mayor, London Breed.

2 Year Anniversary of Signing We Have Voice

We Have Voice is a collective of musicians, performers, and thinkers from various backgrounds and identi­ties who wish to engage in and foster transformative, and inclusive thinking and action in the creative professional world. The collective’s mission is to en­rich the performing arts community. Their focus is to bring awareness to all types of inequity, including sexual harassment, and to foster inclusion and the creation of safe(r) spaces for all. Founding members include Fay Victor, Imani Uzuri, Jen Shyu, Kavi­ta Shah, Linda May Han Oh, María Grand, Terri Lyne Carrington among others. The We Have Voice Code of Conduct was released on May 1, 2018 and there are currently 60 organiza­tions—including Earshot Jazz—who have committed to the code. For in­formation about the code and the We Have Voice collective visit too-many.org.

News ‘n’ Notes

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June 10, 2020