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.

Advanced high-school jazz musician, looking for something different than the traditional big band experience? Try the New Works Ensemble.

String player? Check out the JazzED Youth Orchestra.

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

Vocalist? Check out the Nina Simone Vocal Ensemble.  

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


2019-2020 Ensemble Placements
Nov 16 & Nov 17, 2019


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 will embark on a tour of New York City every other season. This IS a travel year. 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.

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Louis Armstrong Ensemble
directed by Kelly Cingan & Dan Wickham

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 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
January 4 - May 16, 2020

Improvisation Workshops with Steve Treseler
Saturdays, February 8 & 15, 2020
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Performances

  • Royal Room Show: Sunday March 29, 2020
    4:00pm-6:00pm | Doors at 3:30pm
    Call Time/Soundcheck: 3:30pm

  • Final Concert ‘JazzED Jamboree’: Sunday, May 17, 2020
    Venue: TBD
    Call Time/Soundcheck: TBD
    Performance: TBD

    Click here for the JazzED Calendar >


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Count Basie Ensemble
directed by Ricardo Luna & Haley Freedlund

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 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
January 4, 2020 - May 16, 2020

Improvisation Workshops with Steve Treseler
Saturdays, February 8 & 15, 2020
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Performances

  • Royal Room Show: Sunday March 1, 2020
    4:00pm-6:00pm | Doors at 3:30pm
    Call Time/Soundcheck: 3:30pm

  • Final Concert ‘JazzED Jamboree’: Sunday, May 17, 2020
    Venue: TBD
    Call Time/Soundcheck: TBD
    Performance: TBD

Click here for the JazzED Calendar >


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Benny Goodman Ensemble
directed by Stuart MacDonald

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 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
January 4, 2020 - May 16, 2020

Improvisation Workshops with Steve Treseler
Saturdays, February 8 & 15, 2020
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Performances

  • Royal Room Show: Sunday March 8, 2020
    4:00pm-6:00pm | Doors at 3:30pm
    Call Time/Soundcheck: 3:30pm

  • Final Concert ‘JazzED Jamboree’: Sunday, May 17, 2020
    Venue: TBD
    Call Time/Soundcheck: TBD
    Performance: TBD

Click here for the JazzED Calendar >


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Melba Liston Ensemble
directed by Brian Kirk

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 Saturdays from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
January 4, 2020 - May 16, 2020

Improvisation Workshops with Steve Treseler
Saturdays, February 8 & 15, 2020
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Performances

  • Royal Room Show: Sunday March 15, 2020
    4:00pm-6:00pm | Doors at 3:30pm
    Call Time/Soundcheck: 3:30pm

  • Final Concert ‘JazzED Jamboree’: Sunday, May 17, 2020
    Venue: TBD
    Call Time/Soundcheck: TBD
    Performance: TBD

Click here for the JazzED Calendar >


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Dizzy Gillespie Ensemble
directed by Deb Schaaf

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 Saturdays from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
January 4, 2020 - May 16, 2020

Improvisation Workshops with Steve Treseler
Saturdays, February 8 & 15, 2020
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Performances

  • Royal Room Show: Sunday March 29, 2020
    4:00pm-6:00pm | Doors at 3:30pm
    Call Time/Soundcheck: 3:30pm

  • Final Concert ‘JazzED Jamboree’: Sunday, May 17, 2020
    Venue: TBD
    Call Time/Soundcheck: TBD
    Performance: 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 Saturdays from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
January 4, 2020 - May 16, 2020

Improvisation Workshops with Steve Treseler
Saturdays, February 8 & 15, 2020
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Performances

  • Royal Room Show: Sunday March 15, 2020
    4:00pm-6:00pm | Doors at 3:30pm
    Call Time/Soundcheck: 3:30pm

  • Final Concert ‘JazzED Jamboree’: Sunday, May 17, 2020
    Venue: TBD
    Call Time/Soundcheck: TBD
    Performance: TBD

Jazz Field Trip - New York City
The Jazz Field Trip happens every other season. This season IS a travel year!

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.

*We will add a second New Works Ensemble if there is enough interest.

Rehearsals
Weekly on Tuesdays from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
January 7, 2020 - May 12, 2020

Performances

  • Royal Room Show: Sunday March 22, 2020
    4:00pm-6:00pm | Doors at 3:30pm
    Call Time/Soundcheck: 3:30pm

  • Final Concert ‘JazzED Jamboree’: Sunday, May 17, 2020
    Venue: TBD
    Call Time/Soundcheck: TBD
    Performance: TBD

Jazz Field Trip - New York City
The Jazz Field Trip happens every other season. This season IS a travel year!

Click here for the JazzED Calendar >

Scroll the list until you see New Works Placement.


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