I love the atmosphere every time I see a rehearsal. The kids not only respect and learn from the teachers, but they clearly respect and learn from one another.
— JazzED Parent

Play and perform under legendary local educators, alongside dedicated students from Seattle and beyond.

Although most of the instrumental ensembles are traditional jazz big bands, we are proud to offer opportunities to students on any instrument in the New Works Ensemble and Creative Orchestra Project.

Do you sing? Check out the Nina Simone Vocal Ensemble.  

Video: What it's like to be a student at JazzED.


2018-19 ENSEMBLE PLACEMENT DAYS

Ensemble placements will be held Saturday, November 17 & Sunday, November 18, 2018.

Your ensemble placement will be emailed within 1-2 weeks of your placement day. If you accept your placement, you will then register for your ensemble, and select your sliding scale tuition amount. Weekly rehearsals begin in January 2019. 

If you cannot come to your placement day but would like to join an ensemble, please email Education Director, Kelly Clingan at kelly@seattlejazzed.org to inquire about a make-up placement. 

Registration for Ensemble Placement Days is coming on Monday, September 10th!


    Students experiment, take risks and innovate. The instructors are top notch and know how to bring out the best in students.
    — JazzED Parent

    REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
    Rehearsals run weekly January - May 2019. Most ensembles will also have 5 consecutive weekday sectionals at some point during the season. Every ensemble has at least two performances. See ensemble descriptions below for days and times. You can also check the program calendar.

    LOCATION
    Ensemble placements, rehearsals and sectionals are held at the MLK FAME Community Center at 3201 E Republican St in the Madison Valley neighborhood.

    TUITION
    2018-19 sliding scale tuition coming soon!


    TRIP TO NEW YORK CITY
    The Quincy Jones Ensemble and the New Works Ensemble will embark on a tour of New York City every other season. The next New York City trip will occur in 2020. Learn more about the trip HERE.


    My son’s love of playing was beginning to fade. JazzED revitalized him.
    — JazzED Parent

    Our Ensembles

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    Louis Armstrong Ensemble
    directed by Marina Christopher & Freddy Gonzalez

    Jazz musicians know that we owe it all to “Pops”, the father of jazz music. In the Louis Armstrong Ensemble, we lay the foundation for our jazz education, focusing on fundamentals and getting down to basics. This is the 1st level jazz big band.

    Rehearsals
    Weekly on Saturdays from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    January 5, 2019 - May 18, 2019

    Performances


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    Count Basie Ensemble
    directed by Mark Taylor

    The modern big band has been forever shaped by Count Basie and his Orchestra. We use the concepts gleaned from his “New Testament” Band especially, as we seek to swing, swing, and swing some more! Inspired by Basie, we will focus on Blues improvisation and a band that feels good and makes us move. This is the 2nd level jazz big band.

    Rehearsals
    Weekly on Saturdays from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    January 5, 2019 - May 18, 2019

    Group Sectionals

    • Saxes/Reeds: Mondays 6:30-7:30 (1/7, 1/14, 1/28, 2/4)
    • Trombones: Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 (1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29)
    • Trumpets: Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 (1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30)
    • Rhythm: Thursdays 6:30-7:30 (1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31)

    Performances

    • Royal Room Show: Sunday March 10, 2019
      4:30pm-6:30pm | Doors at 4:00pm
      Call Time/Soundcheck: 4:00pm
    • Final Concert details, TBD

    Click here for the JazzED Calendar >


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    Benny Goodman Ensemble
    directed by Ricardo Luna

    Benny Goodman, known as the “King of Swing”, inspires us to think and act progressively. His band evolved in style to reflect classical music, pop music, and everything in between. His was the first well-known racially integrated jazz group. Forward thinking is the focus of this band, as we build on jazz fundamentals, improvisation and explore a more varied palette of jazz styles. This is the 3rd level jazz big band. 

    Rehearsals
    Weekly on Saturdays from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    January 5, 2019 - May 18, 2019

    Group Sectionals

    • Saxes/Reeds: Mondays 7:30-8:30 (1/7, 1/14, 1/28, 2/4)
    • Trombones: Tuesdays 7:30-8:30 (1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29)
    • Trumpets: Wednesdays 7:30-8:30 (1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30)
    • Rhythm: Thursdays 7:30-8:30 (1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31)

    Performances

    • Royal Room Show: Sunday March 24, 2019
      4:30pm-6:30pm | Doors at 4:00pm
      Call Time/Soundcheck: 4:00pm
    • Final Concert details, TBD

    Click here for the JazzED Calendar >


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    Melba Liston Ensemble
    directed by Kelly Clingan

    Trailblazing Melba Liston was the first woman trombonist of the big band era and a performer in the emerging bebop scene. Her bebop sensibilities  - harmonic, groovy and lyrical - influenced her big band composing and arranging…….this big band does the same! This is the 4th level jazz big band.

    Rehearsals
    Weekly on Sundays from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    January 6, 2019 - May 19, 2019

    Group Sectionals

    • Saxes/Reeds: Mondays 6:30-7:30 (2/11, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11)
    • Trombones: Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 (2/5, 2/12, 2/26, 3/5
    • Trumpets: Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 (2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6)
    • Rhythm: Thursdays 6:30-7:30 (2/7, 2/14, 2/28, 3/7)

    Performances

    • Royal Room Show: Sunday March 3, 2019
      4:30pm-6:30pm | Doors at 4:00pm
      Call Time/Soundcheck: 4:00pm
    • Final Concert details, TBD

    Click here for the JazzED Calendar >


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    Dizzy Gillespie Ensemble
    directed by Darin Faul

    Virtuosic. Complex. Mischievous. Revolutionary. Dizzy Gillespie - with bebop running through his veins - brought Afro-Cuban music to the big band. We honor that contribution here. This is the 5th level jazz big band.

    Rehearsals
    Weekly on Sundays from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    January 6, 2019 - May 19, 2019

    Group Sectionals

    • Saxes: Mondays 7:30-8:30 (2/11, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11)
    • Trombones: Tuesdays 7:30-8:30 (2/5, 2/12, 2/26, 3/5)
    • Trumpets: Wednesdays 7:30-8:30 (2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6)
    • Rhythm: Thursdays 7:30-8:30 (2/7, 2/14, 2/28, 3/7)

    Performances

    • Royal Room Show: Sunday March 17, 2019
      4:30pm-6:30pm | Doors at 4:00pm
      Call Time/Soundcheck: 4:00pm
    • Final Concert details, TBD

    Click here for the JazzED Calendar >


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    Quincy Jones Ensemble
    directed by Clarence Acox

    The “Seattle sound” doesn’t just mean grunge music. We celebrate Seattle-ite Quincy Jones and his ongoing contribution to music, particularly his writing for Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Gene Krupa, Dizzy Gillespie, and Lionel Hampton. It all comes together right here. This is the 6th, and highest level, jazz big band. 

    Rehearsals
    Weekly on Sundays from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    January 6, 2019 - May 19, 2019

    Group Sectionals

    • Saxes: Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 (3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3)
    • Trombones: Thursdays 6:30-7:30 (3/14, 3/28, 4/4, 4/18)
    • Trumpets: Thursdays 7:30-8:30 (3/14, 3/28, 4/4, 4/18)
    • Rhythm: Wednesdays 7:30-8:30 (3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3)

    Performances

    • Royal Room Show: Sunday March 3, 2019
      4:30pm-6:30pm | Doors at 4:00pm
      Call Time/Soundcheck: 4:00pm
    • Final Concert details, TBD

    Jazz Field Trip - New York City
    The Jazz Field Trip happens every other season. The next Jazz Field Trip will happen in 2020. 

    Click here for the JazzED Calendar >


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    New Works Ensemble
    directed by Wayne Horvitz

    The high level, award-winning 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. Grades 9-12.

    Rehearsals
    Weekly on Tuesdays from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    January 8, 2019 - May 21, 2019

    Performances

    • Royal Room Show: Sunday March 31, 2019
      4:30pm-6:30pm | Doors at 4:00pm
      Call Time/Soundcheck: 4:00pm
    • Final Concert details, TBD

    Jazz Field Trip - New York City
    The Jazz Field Trip happens every other season. The next Jazz Field Trip will happen in 2020. 

    Click here for the JazzED Calendar >


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    Creative Orchestra Project
    directed by Wayne Horvitz

    Open to all instruments (and we mean it! Viola, bassoon, French horn, etc.) This is the perfect ensemble for students of intermediate to advanced ability and beginning to intermediate improvisation skill. Students explore improvisation and different genres, from jazz and pop, blues, funk, classical and world music. Grades 6-12.

    Rehearsals
    Weekly on Wednesdays from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    January 9, 2019 - May 22, 2019

    Group Sectionals

    • Strings: Mondays 8:00-9:00 (1/14, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11)
    • Winds: Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 (3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2)
    • Rhythm: Tuesdays 7:30-8:30 (3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2)

    Performances


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