New York – A Jazz Experience
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
RIVER EAST COLLEGIATE, Winnipeg, MB
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
2007 COMPETITION & FESTIVAL WEEKEND
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.
Roosevelt High School
Agoura High School Studio Jazz Band
Foxboro High School
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.
A New York Experience Photo Album:
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.