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Wynton Marsalis on Judging Panel as More Than 300 Students Compete in Essentially Ellington 2017

Jazz at Lincoln Center Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis will serve on a judging panel as more than 300 students from the top 15 high school jazz bands across the nation compete in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 22nd annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival, the largest gathering of high school age jazz musicians in America. Competition events will take place beginning on Thursday, May 11th and will continue through Saturday, May 13th.

The 15 finalists high school jazz bands hail from the following U.S. cities: Byron Center, MI; Kissimmee, FL; Champaign, IL; Denver, CO; Foxbo, MA; Tucson, AZ; Plano, TX; Livingston, NJ; Edmonds, WA; Lexington, MA; Sun Prairie, WI; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Mountlake Terrace, WA; Snoqualmie, WA; Raleigh, NC. Jazz at Lincoln Center welcomes Orquesta Juvenil de Jazz de Cuba of Havana, Cuba who will perform in exhibition.

As part of this year’s Essentially Ellington Competition & Festival, on Friday, May 12th, the bands will also join Marsalis, musicians and community members, including New York State Assemblymember Richard Gottfried, in the United We Swing “Second Line” Parade from Columbus Circle Park to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall. At the Parade, students will perform traditional brass band tunes along Columbus Circle, in celebration and support of arts programs and arts education nationwide.

A livestream of all performances can be seen here: www.jazz.org/live

When:
Thursday, May 11
Q&A session with Wynton Marsalis and Open rehearsal with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
12pm: Media check-in in the Atrium
1:30pm: Wynton Marsalis Q&A Session and Open Rehearsal
Rose Theater

Jam Session with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Essentially Ellington Students
7:15pm: Media check-in in the Atrium
7:30pm: Jam session
The Appel Room

Friday, May 12
United We Swing “Second Line” Parade
Participating bands, band directors, Jazz at Lincoln Center musicians, parents, community members and elected officials, including New York State Assemblymember Richard Gottfried, will parade in celebration and support of art programs and arts education nationwide. Members of the public are encouraged to join. Anyone can RSVP for the United We Swing Parade at jazz.org/unitedweswing, or follow along on social media at #UnitedWeSwing.

10:30am: United We Swing starts at Columbus Circle Park and ends at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall
11:30am: Parade concludes in front of Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall

Competition Part I
1:30pm: Media check-in in the Atrium
2:00pm – 6:00pm: Essentially Ellington Competition Part I Performances
Rose Theater

Performances in order of participating bands:

1. Orquesta Juvenil de Jazz de Cuba
2. Sun Prairie High School
3. Mount Si High School
4. Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble
5. Byron Center High School

(3:40 – 4:10pm Intermission)
(4:10 – 4:14pm Welcome Back)

6. Champaign Central High School
7. Newark Academy
8. Tucson Jazz Institute
9. Plano West Senior High School

Saturday, May 13
Competition Part II
9:30am: Media check-in in Atrium
10:00am – 11:30am: Essentially Ellington Competition Part II Performances
Rose Theater

Performances in order of participating bands:

10. Foxboro High School
11. Denver School for the Arts
12. Osceola County School for the Arts
13. Mountlake Terrace High School

Competition Part III
12:30pm: Media check-in in Atrium
1:00pm – 2:30pm: Essentially Ellington Competition Part III Performances
Rose Theater

Performances in order of participating bands:

14. Dillard Center for the Arts
15. Edmonds-Woodway High School
16. Lexington High School

Winning Bands Announcement
3:30pm: Media check-in in Atrium
4:00pm: Winning Bands Announced
Rose Theater

Final Concert and Awards Ceremony
Performances featuring the top three placing bands and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
7:00pm: Media check-in in Atrium
7:30pm: Concert and Awards ceremony
Rose Theater

Where:
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s home,
Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street, New York, NY
Media check-in in the Atrium

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