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June 24, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Roosevelt High School trumpet player chosen for all-star band

Trumpet player Noah Halpern, who graduated from Seattle’s Roosevelt High School in June, has been selected to play in the 2014 edition of the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. Halpern is one of the 21 musicians from six states to make the cut. As part of the band, Halpern will make a two-week tour of…

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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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February 19, 2014 at 11:09 AM

New jazz kids on the block for Essentially Ellington

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…

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January 30, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Macklemore wasn’t the only Seattle musician at the Grammys

John Otten at the Grammy pre-telecast.

John Otten at the Grammy pre-telecast.

Most folks who watch the Grammys on TV are vaguely aware that it’s put on by an organization with a very long name — The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) — but few people know that the Grammys are just one of the Academy’s programs. NARAS is an advocacy organization that lobbies Congress on behalf of musicians, helps players in need (through MusiCARES) and is also deeply involved in music education.

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Comments | More in Jazz | Topics: Grammy Jazz Band, John Otten, Roosevelt High School