This is the best outside-of-school- jazz program my child has ever been in.
— JazzED Parent

Program Information

Who Can Register
Open to students in grades 6-12 who have played their instrument for one or more years. Descriptions of each ensemble below. If you have a student who is brand new to music or just starting out, please go to the Introductory Ensembles page.

How to Register
The open registration session has passed but there may be a spot for you in an ensemble depending on your instrument. Please use the Contact page to get in touch with us if you're interested in a spot.

When we play we don’t just read the music, we create it.
— JazzED Student

Rehearsal Schedule
Rehearsals run weekly January - May 2017. See ensemble descriptions below for days and times. You can also access the program calendar here.

Location
Ensembles rehearse at the MLK FAME Community Center at 3201 E Republican St in the Madison Valley neighborhood.

New York City Tour
The Quincy Jones Ensemble and the New Works Ensemble will embark on a New York Tour in June 2017, exact dates TBD. The tour will include clinics with working New York musicians, tours of conservatories and historic venues and performances. Click here to learn more about the trip.

Tuition & Financial Aid
Tuition is $845 for the year (approx. $15 per instruction hour).
Monthly payment plans and financial aid are always available.

Tuition should never be a barrier to participation - we are committed to making it work for every family.
Please apply for financial aid online here and/or email Jordan Leonard with questions. We're here to help!

Whatever else your child is doing musically, JazzED will expand their interest and influence and engage them in the community and the art form in ways that are difficult to describe but deeply discernible.
— JazzED Parent

Our Ensembles

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Louis Armstrong Ensemble

directed by Ricardo Luna

Rehearsals
Weekly on Saturdays from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
January 7, 2017 - May 20, 2017.

Group sectionals
January and February only

Mondays, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM: Rhythm Section and Saxophones
Wednesdays 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM: Trumpet and Trombone

Performances
Royal Room Performance on Sunday, March 12, 2017, 5-7PM
Final performance at Town Hall Seattle on May 21, 2017, 11 AM to 3 PM.  

Click here for the JazzED Calendar >


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Mary Lou Williams Ensemble

directed by Reshard Radford

Rehearsals
Weekly on Saturdays from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
January 7, 2017 - May 20, 2017.

Group sectionals
January and February only
Mondays, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM: Rhythm Section and Saxophones
Wednesdays, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM: Trumpet and Trombone

Performances
Royal Room Performance on Sunday, March 5, 2017, 5-7PM
Final performance at Town Hall Seattle on May 21, 2017, 11 AM to 3 PM.  

Click here for the JazzED Calendar >


Count Basie Ensemble

directed by Adam Rupert

Rehearsals
Weekly on Sundays from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
January 8, 2017 - May 14, 2017

Performances
Royal Room Performance on Sunday, April 2, 2017, 5 - 7PM
Final performance at Town Hall Seattle on May 21, 2017, 11AM - 3PM.  

Click here for the JazzED Calendar >


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Benny Goodman Ensemble

directed by Deb Schaaf

Rehearsals
Weekly on Sundays from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
January 8, 2017 - May 14, 2017

Performances
Royal Room Performance on Sunday, March 26, 2017, 5 - 7PM
Final performance at Town Hall Seattle on May 21, 2017, 11AM - 3PM.  

Click here for the JazzED Calendar >


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Dizzy Gillespie Ensemble

directed by Darin Faul

Rehearsals
Weekly on Sundays from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
January 8, 2017 - May 14, 2017.

Performances
Royal Room Performance on Sunday, March 12, 2017, 5 - 7PM
Final performance at Town Hall Seattle on May 21, 2017, 11AM - 3PM.  

Click here for the JazzED Calendar >


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Quincy Jones Ensemble

directed by Clarence Acox

Rehearsals
Weekly on Sundays from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
January 8, 2017 - May 14, 2017

Performances
Royal Room Performance on Sunday, March 5, 2017, 5 - 7PM
Final performance at Town Hall Seattle on May 21, 2017, 11AM - 3PM.  

New York Trip
This ensemble will travel to New York in early June 2017. Exact dates announced shortly. Additional financial aid available.

Click here for the JazzED Calendar >


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New Works Ensemble

directed by Wayne Horvitz

The New Works Ensemble organizes high school students into a group that explores the boundaries of jazz and welcomes instrumentation not traditionally part of jazz performance.

Rehearsals
Weekly on Tuesdays from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
January 3, 2017 - May 16, 2017

Performances
Royal Room Performance on Sunday, March 19, 2017, 5 - 7PM
Final performance at Town Hall Seattle on May 21, 2017, 11AM - 3PM.  

New York Trip
This ensemble will travel to New York in early June 2017. Exact dates announced shortly. Additional financial aid available.

Click here for the JazzED Calendar >


Ella Fitzgerald Vocal Ensemble

Sing vocal jazz! We’ll explore the crossroads of America’s roots music by learning jazz through a gospel lense. This vocal jazz ensemble will be unlike any other in the Northwest, thanks to our amazing director, Cora Jackson, and our house arranger, David Marriott. To register for this ensemble only, click here. No audition required.

Rehearsals
Weekly on Saturdays from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
January 7, 2017 - May 20, 2017

Performances
Royal Room Performance on Sunday, April 2, 2017, 5 - 7PM
Final performance at Town Hall Seattle on May 21, 2017, 11AM - 3PM. 

Click here for the JazzED Calendar >


Working with other committed musicians and the caliber of instructors allows for each child to grow and improve beyond their wildest dreams.
— JazzED Parent