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January 15, 2015 at 11:47 AM

Jazz Connect & Winter Jazzfest – a New York state of mind | Festival review

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“Lighten up,” said Christian McBride during his keynote address at the Jazz Connect conference in New York. (Jeff Tamarkin / JazzTimes)

When bassist Christian McBride, host of the new National Public Radio show “Jazz Night in America,” was 9, his father played him the musically challenging John Coltrane album “Live in Seattle,” recorded in 1965 at the Penthouse, a long-gone Pioneer Square jazz club.

“Did I like it?” McBride asked rhetorically during his keynote address at the Jazz Connect conference in New York last week. “No. But when I was 11, I went back to listen again. By the time I was 14, I was in.”

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May 10, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Seattle jazz bands finish out of top 3 at Essentially Ellington

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…

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May 7, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Essentially Ellington jazz competition under way in New York

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,…

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