Jazz at Lincoln Center recently announced the finalists for this year’s Essentially Ellington program! These schools were selected from more than 100 schools that submitted audition recordings. Congratulations to the finalists:
Beloit Memorial High School (Beloit, WI)
Carroll Senior High School (Southlake, TX)
Community Arts Program (Coral Gables, FL)
Dillard Center for the Arts (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Garfield High School (Seattle, WA)
Jazz House Kids (Montclair, NJ)
Lexington High School (Lexington, MA)
Medfield High School (Medfield, MA)
Mt. Si High School (Snoqualmie, WA)
Osceola County School for the Arts (Kissimmee, FL)
Rio Americano High School (Sacramento, CA)
Roosevelt High School (Seattle, WA)
Sun Prairie High School (Sun Prairie, WI)
Tucson Jazz Institute (Tucson, AZ)
Whiteland Community High School (Whiteland, IN)
Throughout March and April, Jazz at Lincoln Center will send, free of charge, a professional jazz musician and educator to each of the 15 finalist band schools to lead an intensive four-hour workshop of rehearsals, lessons, and master classes. The Essentially Ellington Program will also provide free workshops to an underserved school in each of the finalist band communities. The free finalist clinics are part of the rich 19-year history of this unique music education program, which has reached more than 504,000 students in more than 4,200 high schools across all 50 United States, Canada, and American schools abroad.
Beginning on May 8, the 15 bands will compete for top honors and participate in workshops, jam sessions, and more during the three-day Competition & Festival in New York City. The first half of the final concert on May 10 will feature the three top-placing bands performing with a member of the world renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) as guest soloist. The second half will feature the JLCO – whose members serve as mentors for the finalist bands throughout the weekend – performing a repertoire of tunes made famous by Duke Ellington. The festival concludes with an awards ceremony honoring outstanding soloists, sections and the announcement three top-placing bands. In the program’s history, 267 finalist bands have traveled to New York City to participate in the annual Competition & Festival.
The entire weekend of EE events, including the final concert featuring the three top-placing bands and theJLCO, will be webcast live on jalc.org/live.