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.

Looking for extra drumming experience? Check out the JazzED Drumline Project.

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

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


If you missed placement, you may still be able to join an ensemble depending on your instrument. Please Program Manager, Robert Babs at robert@seattlejazzed.org for more information.


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

BIG BAND ENSEMBLE REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Rehearsals run weekly January - May 2020. 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.

SLIDING SCALE TUITION
We are committed to this program being financially accessible for ALL families. You select the tuition amount that works for you. Please note, monthly amounts below apply to December 2018-April 2019 time frame.

Your tuition payment helps cover the cost of renting class space and paying our educators a fair wage, as well as classroom supplies, sheet music, etc.

  • $1,175, $235/month, do not enter any code

  • $925, $185/month, enter code NINETWENTYFIVE

  • $675, $135/month, enter code SIXSEVENTYFIVE

  • $425, $85/month, enter code FOURTWENTYFIVE

  • $250, $50/month, enter code TWOFIFTY

You will have the option of entering a sliding scale tuition code on the registration check-out page. Be sure to select the payment plan option if you want to break your payments up. Please note you will also have the option of paying your chosen amount in full if you prefer  

If you'd like to pay a different sliding scale amount than the options here, fill out our easy online form, and we'll send you a custom tuition code. 

Have questions about how this works? Contact us and we'll get right back to you!

You can also read our cancellation policy (recommended).


TRIP TO NEW YORK CITY
The Quincy Jones Ensemble and the New Works Ensemble(s) 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

Big Band Ensembles

Please note that JazzED educators will place students in one of the ensembles below based on their participation in Placement Days.

Please note, the dates and times below reflect the 2018-19 season. Stay tuned for the 2019-20 schedule.

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Louis Armstrong Ensemble
directed by Marina Christopher & Jerome Smith

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

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

  • Final Concert ‘JazzED Jamboree’: Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Bellevue College
    Call Time/Soundcheck: 11:30pm
    Performance: 12:00pm

    Click here for the JazzED Calendar >


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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, 4/15)

  • 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 ‘JazzED Jamboree’: Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Bellevue College
    Call Time/Soundcheck: 10:30am
    Performance: 11:00am

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, 4/15)

  • 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 ‘JazzED Jamboree’: Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Bellevue College
    Call Time/Soundcheck: 3:15pm
    Performance: 3:45pm

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

SNOW DAY MAKE-UP REHEARSALS
To make up the lost rehearsals, we've ADDED 2 extra-long full rehearsals:

  • Sunday, March 17, 12:00pm-3:00pm

  • Sunday, May 5, 12:00pm-3:00pm

Group Sectionals

  • Saxes/Reeds: Mondays 6:30-7:30 (2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 4/22)

  • Trombones: Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 (2/26, 3/5, 4/16, 4/23)

  • Trumpets: Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 (2/6, 2/27, 3/6, 4/17)

  • 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 ‘JazzED Jamboree’: Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Bellevue College
    Call Time/Soundcheck: 1:30pm
    Performance: 2:00pm

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

SNOW DAY MAKE-UP REHEARSALS
To make up the lost rehearsals, we've ADDED 2 extra-long full rehearsals:

  • Sunday, March 3, 1:00pm-4:00pm

  • Sunday, May 5, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Group Sectionals

  • Saxes: Mondays 7:30-8:30 (2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 4/22)

  • Trombones: Tuesdays 7:30-8:30 (2/26, 3/5, 4/16, 4/23)

  • Trumpets: Wednesdays 7:30-8:30 (2/6, 2/27, 3/6, 4/17)

  • 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 ‘JazzED Jamboree’: Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Bellevue College
    Call Time/Soundcheck: 10:00am
    Performance: 10:30am

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

SNOW DAY MAKE-UP REHEARSALS
To make up the lost rehearsals, we've ADDED 2 extra-long full rehearsals:

  • Sunday, March 10, 4:00pm-7:00pm

  • Sunday, May 5, 4:00pm-7:00pm

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 ‘JazzED Jamboree’: Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Bellevue College
    Call Time/Soundcheck: 11:00am
    Performance: 11:30am

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

SNOW DAY MAKE-UP REHEARSALS
To make up the lost rehearsals, we've ADDED 2 extra-long full rehearsals:

  • Tuesday, March 26, 6:30pm-9:30pm

  • Tuesday, April 16, 6:30pm-9:30pm

Performances

  • Fat Tuesday Gig
    Royal Room Show: Tuesday March 5, 2019
    5.30pm-6.30pm Rehearsal | 6:30pm-7:30pm Performance
    Call Time/Soundcheck: 5:15pm

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

  • New Works will open for the Orrin Evans Band.
    Royal Room Show/Rehearsal: Tuesday April 2, 2019
    Evening start time TBD.

  • Final Concert ‘JazzED Jamboree’: Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Bellevue College
    Call Time/Soundcheck: 1:00pm
    Performance: 1:30pm

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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JazzED Youth Orchestra
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, 3/4, 3/11)

  • 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

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

  • Final Concert ‘JazzED Jamboree’: Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Bellevue College
    Call Time/Soundcheck: 12:00pm
    Performance: 12:30pm

    Click here for the JazzED Calendar >


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