UPDATE: Full obituary for Buddy Catlett: George James “Buddy” Catlett, one of the most illustrious musicians to come up through Seattle’s Jackson Street jazz scene in the 1940s, died Wednesday, Nov. 12. Mr. Catlett was 81. He had been living at the Leon Sullivan Health Care Center in Seattle’s Central District and had not performed since 2011,…More
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Seattle-area high school jazz bands fared less well than usual at the Essentially Ellington competition Saturday in New York. None of the bands — Garfield, Roosevelt or Mount Si — made it into the top three, though Garfield received an honorable mention. Since 1999, when the competition opened to schools west of the Mississippi, Garfield has won…More
It’s May, and that means Seattle-area high-school jazz bands are once again competing in New York at the Essentially Ellington competition. This year, usual suspects Garfield and Roosevelt are in the running, but newcomer Mount Si is tootling, too. Garfield and Roosevelt have won first place at EE a total of seven times (Garfield, 4; Roosevelt,…More
When Jazz at Lincoln Center announced the 15 finalists for the annual Essentially Ellington competition Wednesday, jazz buffs were pleased but not surprised to see two familiar names — Roosevelt and Garfield high schools, both from Seattle. But for the first time in competition history, Mount Si High School, in Snoqualmie, also made the finals. “We’ve been…More