Roosevelt High School Jazz Band and Scott Brown with special guest Jovino Santos Neto at the Earshot Jazz Festival 2018, by Daniel Sheehan.

2019 Essentially Ellington Results

Congratulations to the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band for taking First Place at the prestigious 24th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City! The award includes a $5,000 prize. The Roosevelt Jazz Band also took the following honors: Outstanding Trombone, Brass, and Trumpet Sections. Individual recognition went to Aaron Korver, honorable Mention Piano; Henry Mohr, Honorable Mention Drums; Nate Mesler, Honorable Mention Vibraphone; George Fulton, Outstanding Tenor Saxophone; Nick Altemeier, Outstanding Baritone Saxophone; Eli Sullivan, Outstanding Doubler for Soprano & Alto Saxophone; Elise Toney, Outstanding Trombone; Will Knight, Outstanding Trumpet; and Carter Eng, Outstanding Trumpet.

Garfield High School Jazz Band and Mount Si High School Jazz Band also performed as two of the 15 finalists in the competition. Garfield received honors for Outstanding Trombone Section. Individual recognition went to Will Jammes, Honorable Mention Bass; Jack Graves, Honorable Mention Guitar; Tyler Feldman, Outstanding Guitar; Avinash Chung, Honorable Mention Alto Saxophone; and Aidan Siemann, Outstanding Tenor Saxophone. Mount Si High School received individual recognition for Jackson Beymer, Honorable Mention Tenor Saxophone; James Kolke, Honorable Mention Trombone; and Sage Eisenhour, Honorable Mention Vocals.

Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra Composition Contest

SWOJO’s 7th Annual Jazz Composition Contest for women composers is now open. The contest encourages the composition and performance of high quality original jazz ensemble literature by women. The winner will receive a $400 honorarium, while the honorable mention will receive $100. The two winning compositions will be performed and recorded by SWOJO and a guest artist as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival. The deadline for submissions is June 30. Application instructions can be found at swojo.org.

Rainier Avenue Radio’s Make Music Day

Launched in France 35 years ago, Make Music Day is a day-long music celebration held in 1,000 cities worldwide, on Summer Solstice, June 21. Join Rainier Avenue Radio for events at Westlake Park and the Waterfront HotSpot Stage. This is a free, all-age event where everyone is encouraged to join in and make their own music.

Events include sing-alongs, kazoo parades, bucket drum-offs, karaoke parties, and more. For details visit rainieravenueradio.world and makemusicday.org/seattle.

Wayne Horvitz Wins First Place American Prize

Wayne Horvitz has been awarded the First Place prize from The American Prize in the orchestral division for his composition “Those Who Remain: Concerto for Orchestra and Improvising Soloist.”

The piece was commissioned by the Seattle Symphony and presented by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Earshot Jazz in 2015. The premier featured Ludovic Morlot conducting and Bill Frisell as the soloist. Chamber Music America 2020 Conference Showcase Application Chamber Music America will present showcases by ensembles during its National Conference in New York City on January 16-19, 2020. The showcases provide an opportunity for ensembles to show their work to presenters, artist managers, educators, and colleagues. The deadline to apply is June 14, 9pm ET. Application and details available at chamber-music.org.

Aaron Copland Fund Performance Program Grant

The Aaron Copland Fund for Music’s 2019 Performance Program grant cycle is now open. Deadline to apply is July 1. The Performance Program exists to support performing and presenting organizations whose artistic excellence encourages and improves public knowledge and appreciation of serious contemporary American music. More information and application available at coplandfund.org.

Tula’s Faces Threat of Redevelopment

HB Management has announced plans for an eight-story high-rise on the block in Belltown where Tula’s Restaurant and Jazz Club is located. The 26-year-old jazz club faces possible displacement in light of the announcement. Rise Up Belltown, a community grassroots group, is working to protect the businesses on the block, including Tula’s. To learn more about their alternative growth strategy proposal, the Seattle Community and Affordability Network, visit riseupbelltown.com.


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May 29, 2019