Roxy Coss: The Time Is Now

Roxy Coss: The Time Is Now

Roxy Coss Photo by Desmond White. By Paul Rauch Being a Seattle jazz musician, and spending some serious time in New York City has become a rite of passage in many ways. Those who venture east seem to gain an edge, not only in terms of experience, but in the...
Clarence Acox: Committed to Community

Clarence Acox: Committed to Community

Clarence Acox photo by Daniel Sheehan. By Paul de Barros “We had a good year,” says Clarence Acox, director of the Garfield High School Jazz Band, sitting in the piano lab at the school where he has built a jazz program admired across the nation. Sure, Garfield’s...
Scott Brown: At the Helm of Roosevelt Jazz

Scott Brown: At the Helm of Roosevelt Jazz

By Paul de Barros Scott Brown with the Roosevelt High Jazz Band photo by Daniel Sheehan. When Scott Brown’s Roosevelt High School Jazz Band competed in New York at the finals of the Essentially Ellington competition this past May, few expected the band to win. Though...
Representation Matters: The #JazzGirl Movement Goes National

Representation Matters: The #JazzGirl Movement Goes National

JazzED Girls Ellington Project photo by Michael Craft. By Tara Peters Nestled in the back corner of the MLK FAME Community Center sits the Seattle JazzED classroom, abuzz with the chatter of voices and instruments. It’s 5pm in the middle of spring break and the Girls...
Samantha Boshnack: Shifting Ground

Samantha Boshnack: Shifting Ground

Samantha Boshnack photo by Daniel Sheehan. By Paul Rauch Samantha Boshnack is an artist who is difficult to define. While the entertainment industry and its fans continually relegate artists to rigidly defined categories, Boshnack remains an outsider to the very...