New York – A Jazz Experience

June 10, 2007 at 12:08 am 16 comments

Jazz at Lincoln Center 

This is the fourth and final installment of my four-part photo album of Reggie’s trip to New York.

The main reason my son, Reggie, and the rest of the River East Collegiate Senior Jazz Band went to New York is to compete at the 12th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival.  The sight-seeing is just part of the package.  They were already there, so why not make the most of it, right?

Essentially Ellington is a unique program created by Jazz at Lincoln Center to make Duke Ellington’s music available to as many high school music students as possible and to support schools in developing their music programs.

· This year Jazz at Lincoln Center distributed more than 5,400 newly transcribed Ellington scores, reference recordings and additional educational materials.

· These materials were sent to more than 920 high schools in the United States, Canada and American schools in Bolivia, Brazil, France, Japan, Malaysia and Switzerland.

· 88 bands entered the competition by submitting a recording of three Ellington works.

· The entries were evaluated in a blind screening by jazz education experts RONALD CARTER, LOREN SCHOENBERG and REGINALD THOMAS.

The 15 finalists for Essentially Ellington 2007 were (in order of appearance):

Garfield High School, Seattle, WA
Edmonds-Woodway High School, Edmonds, WA
Roosevelt High School, Seattle, WA
Agoura High School Jazz A, Agoura Hills, CA
Mead High School, Spokane, WA
Williamsville East High School, East Amherst, NY
King Philip Regional High School, Wrentham, MA
Greenwich High School, Greenwich, CT
Carroll Senior High School, Southlake, TX
Grandview High School, Grandview, MO
Foxboro High School, Foxboro, MA
Agoura High School Studio Jazz Band, Agoura Hills, CA
Honeoye Falls-Lima High School, Honeoye Falls, NY
Rio Americano High School, Sacramento, CA

The three-day festival began on Friday, May 4th when the finalist bands arrive at Frederick P. Rose Hall for “One-On-One With Wynton Marsalis,” a reading by the essay contest winner, workshops, rehearsals, a banquet dinner and jam sessions with members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO). The three-part competition was in Rose Theater on Saturday, May 5th at 3pm and Sunday, May 6th at 10am and 1pm. The panel judges each band’s performance of three Ellington works. At the May 6, 7:30pm Concert and Awards Ceremony in Avery Fisher Hall, the three top-placing bands performed alone and with Wynton Marsalis, followed by the JLCO performing an all-Ellington set and the culminating awards ceremony honoring outstanding soloists and sections and the three top-placing bands.

1st Place:
Roosevelt High School

2nd Place:
Agoura High School Studio Jazz Band

3rd Place:
Foxboro High School

The Judges:
WYNTON MARSALIS, Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director;
DAVID BAKER, Music Director, Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra;
DAVID BERGER, composer, conductor, and Ellington authority; and  
GUNTHER SCHULLER, author, composer, and conductor


Here’s what was written about the River East Collegiate Senior Jazz Band at the “Meet the Finalists” Program of the Playbill of Frederick P. Rose Hall, May 2007.

(Names of band director, principal and 18 band members.)

The River East Collegiate Jazz Program consists of the Senior Jazz Band as well as an intermediate jazz band and jazz combo.  Throughout this season, the Senior Jazz Band has performed on numerous occasions at the local, provincial and national levels.  In addition to working with local musician Ron Paley, the Senior Jazz Band has worked extensively to expand the jazz listening library to further develop the resources available to the students.  River East Collegiate Senior Jazz Band has been an Essentially Ellington finalist in 2003, 2004, and 2007.

You can view the pictures of River East Collegiate’s participation in this competition at My New York Photo Album.

Rose Theatre  Reggie and John meet Ron Carter

Jam session  Birdland Jazz Club

A New York Experience Photo Album: 

Part 1 – The Sights of New York
Part 2 – Shopping in New York
Part 3 – More sight-seeing in New York
Part 4 – New York – A Jazz Experience 

June 20, 2007 Update

The recordings of the finalists to the 12th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival are now up on the Jazz at Lincoln Center website.  You can listen to the three selections each of the 15 finalists played at the competition.


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16 Comments Add your own

  • […] New York – A Jazz Experience Throughout this season, the Senior Jazz Band has performed on numerous occasions at the local, provincial and national levels. In addition to working with local musician Ron Paley, the Senior Jazz Band has worked extensively to expand … […]

  • 2. Tin  |  June 10, 2007 at 8:07 am

    Sayang hindi nanalo si Reggie. Pero atleast, pasok sila sa finalist. Malaking bagay na yun. 🙂

  • 3. chase  |  June 10, 2007 at 7:02 pm

    Well there are still more contest to come for Reggie to win. Hmmm I bet you have a blast in NY!

  • 4. Major Tom  |  June 11, 2007 at 1:48 am

    Even if reggi and his band didn’t win it though, I am sure this such a great honor for you and the family; being a finalists there is such an achievement already…

  • 5. missP  |  June 11, 2007 at 2:59 am

    hi there.

    thanks for visiting me back. i love your photoss. i have never been to new york myself, but looking through your gallery makes me feel like i’ve been there. well, you know what they say, photos are your windows to the world… at least now next to internet! 🙂

    you must be really proud of your son participating in such a grand competition such as this one.

  • 6. master  |  June 11, 2007 at 3:05 am


    Thank you for visiting my humble site.

  • 7. Kyels  |  June 11, 2007 at 3:39 am

    There will be more competition in the future for Reggie to win, definitely!

  • 8. earthember  |  June 11, 2007 at 5:13 am

    Wow, I just went through the 4-part writeup plus pictures, and Reggie certainly looked like he had a wonderful time, to be both performing and exploring New York.

    I personally don’t like New York city. It’s too busy and cramped. Upstate New York is entirely different though.

    By the way, I’ve tagged you some days ago for a music meme. “It’s about the songs when you were 18”. Check it out here if you’re keen to do it.

  • 9. annamanila  |  June 11, 2007 at 8:57 am

    Congrats that he made it to the finals. Isn’t that achievement enough? Your Reggie must be so gifted. Oooh …. I always envy musical families. LOL though a daughter and a son sing very well.

    You must have enjoyed the Big Apple.

  • 10. pining  |  June 11, 2007 at 11:19 am

    Hi niceheart 🙂
    to be in the finals is an achievement enough, so you must be really one proud mommy 🙂
    the trip to New York is like an icing on the cake, di ba? would love to go there, definitely !

  • 11. SexyMom  |  June 11, 2007 at 8:48 pm

    to be in the finals is good enough, but i am sure Reggie and his group wanted to win. who doesn’t? there will be a next time, and there are more opportunities to come. please extend my congratulations to Reggie for doing well.

  • 12. tutubi  |  June 12, 2007 at 2:16 am

    try next time

    never give up! 🙂

  • 13. niceheart  |  June 12, 2007 at 8:41 pm

    Thank your for the comments, everyone, and for the words of encouragement. 🙂

  • 14. jho cruz  |  June 13, 2007 at 5:31 am

    dear reggie & the rest of the gang,
    congratulations for getting that far! continue with your dreams and i’m sure, one day, all of you will be well known in your respective fields. i’m sure your parents and siblings are really, really proud of you as well as the school community where you belong. again, my congratulations & best wishes to the future musicians.

  • 15. Toe  |  June 18, 2007 at 8:20 am

    What an amazing experience for Reggie. Naku, siguro naglalaway na ‘yan to study at Juilliard. 🙂

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