Michael Mayo photo by Enrique Chavez.

Jazz in America Summer Sessions

The Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz is offering online courses during the summer designed for school students. The courses are open to students of all backgrounds and interests, not just musicians. Classes for grades 10-12 take place from June 22–July 8; classes for grades 7-8 take place from July 13–29; and classes for grades 4-6 take place from August 3–12. Classes are offered via Zoom and teachers are also invited to apply. The 8-session webinar series is free. Advance registration is required, for details visit hancockinstitute.org.

Seattle JazzED Offers Summer Camp Alternative

Due to COVID-19 health regulations, JazzEdD has decided to cancel their in-person summer camps and offer either refunds or credit for future classes. Instead, JazzED will offer a virtual music camp called Jam of the Week which will run in July and August. These virtual classes provide an opportunity for students to learn a new jazz standard or melody and learn pointers on performing more expressive solos, among other skills. Levels offered include beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Classes will be conducted by well-known jazz musicians including Kelsey Mines, Roxy Coss, Willem de Koch, David Marriott, Kareem Kandi, Riley Mulherkar, and Marina Albero. Celebrity music guest artists including Michael Mayo, Sammy Miller, Bryan Carter, Camille Thurman, Aubrey Logan and Grace Kelly will be joining some of the classes. Jam of the Week is offered for all instruments (including voice) and to all ages. JazzED encourages participants to pay what they can with full tuition waivers also available. For more information visit seattlejazzed.org.

4Culture Building for Equity

4Culture’s Building for Equity initiative organized with Executive Dow Constantine and the King County Council, will support cultural building projects and create a pathway to racial equity in facilities funding. Communities that have historically faced barriers to purchasing and stewarding cultural space will be at the center of the program. One of the programs is the Building for Equity: Capacity Building Grants which will help secure long-term facility needs—the program application deadline is July 7. The other program is the Building for Equity: Learning Circle Program—the program application deadline is July 14. Information on both programs can be accessed at 4culture.org.

Royal Room’s Staycation Festival

While their venue is closed, the Room is offering the Staycation Festival. The festival is a regular bi-weekly offering of livestream music concerts on Wednesday and Sunday. Wednesdays offer YouTube premieres on the Royal Room Channel and feature artists from around the globe, while Sundays offer livestreamed concerts from the Royal Room stage and are presented via Live Concerts Stream. 100% of donations received during the shows go to the performers. Visit theroyalroomseattle.com for details.

Essentially Ellington Awardees

For the first time in its history, the Essentially Ellington Jazz Band Competition and Festival was held as a virtual event (from June 8–12). These are the local awardees who hail from the greater Seattle area. In the group section—Honorable Mention Rhythm Section: Garfield High School and Mountlake Terrace High School, Honorable Mention Saxophone Section: Roosevelt High School, Outstanding Saxophone Section: Garfield High School, Outstanding Trombone Section: Mount Si High School and Roosevelt High School, Honorable Mention Trumpet Section: Garfield High School, Outstanding Trumpet Section: Seattle JazzED.

In the individual section—Honorable Mention Piano: Abraham Luedtke (Seattle JazzED), Natalie Song (Mountlake Terrace High School), Honorable Mention Bass: Matthew Lord (Garfield High School), Outstanding Bass: Andrew Vinther (Mountlake Terrace High School), Honorable Mention Drums: Elijah Baradi (Seattle JazzED), Outstanding Drums: Ethan Horn (Mount Si High School), Honorable Mention Vibraphone: Nathan Mesler (Roosevelt High School), Honorable Mention Clarinet: Benjamin Price (Mount Si High School), Outstanding Clarinet: George Fulton (Roosevelt High School), Outstanding Alto Saxophone: Nathaniel Wray (Mount Si High School), Eli Sullivan (Roosevelt High School), and Caden Hargrave (Mountlake Terrace High School), Outstanding Tenor Saxophone: George Fulton (Roosevelt High School), and Nick Altemeier (Roosevelt High School), Outstanding Baritone Saxophone: Elijah Wray (Mount Si High School), Outstanding Doubler: Owen Moreland on Tenor Saxophone and Clarinet (Mountlake Terrace High School), Honorable Mention Trombone: Nathan Gilbreath (Seattle JazzED), Parker Casazza (Roosevelt High School), and Alec Raring (Mountlake Terrace High School), Outstanding Trombone: Nick Mesler (Roosevelt High School), Outstanding Trumpet: Nate Miller (Seattle JazzED), and Javier Gonzalez (Roosevelt High School), and Outstanding Vocal: Brooke Lambert (Seattle JazzED).

The Band Directors were also praised for their work: Jared Sessink for Garfield High School, Kelly Clingan for Seattle JazzED, Bill Leather for Mount Si High School, Scott Brown for Roosevelt High School, and Darin Faul for Mountlake Terrace High School. Earshot Jazz would like to congratulate all the participants in this event.


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July 1, 2020