Three Seattle area high school jazz bands have been chosen as finalists for the 2013 Essentially Ellington competition. Ensembles from Garfield and Roosevelt, in Seattle, and Edmonds-Woodway, in Edmonds, are in the running.
Since 1999, when the competition opened to bands west of the Mississippi, Garfield and Roosevelt have dominated Essentially Ellington. However, Garfield has not made the finals since 2010, when it took first place for the fourth time. Roosevelt (pictured below) has won first place three times. Edmonds-Woodway has made the finals four times.
The competition will be held May 10-12 at Frederick P. Rose Hall, in New York, and will be webcast live at jalc.org.
Ninety-six bands applied to Essentially Ellington; 15 finalists were chosen.
Essentially Ellington is a program of Jazz at Lincoln Center, a non-profit organization headed by trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis.