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  • Q&A with kids at Essentially Ellington 2012

    Posted on May 7th, 2012 in Interview | 0

    This weekend, Wynton Marsalis got to talk to some of the kids from Essentially Ellington 2012 competition.   Keep reading »

  • Live Webcast Announced for Essentially Ellington 2012

    Posted on May 4th, 2012 in News | 0

    Jazz at Lincoln Center announces the competition at the 17th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival will be video streamed live online.  The free webcast from the Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall on May 5th and 6th will feature performances by the fifteen competing high school jazz band finalists, as well as the announcement of the top placing bands. The video will also be available online for one week following the Competition & Festival.   Keep reading »

  • Finalists Announced for 17th Annual Essentially Ellington 2012

    Posted on February 22nd, 2012 in Concerts | 2

    Jazz at Lincoln Center announces the 15 finalist bands and one winning community band for its prestigious 17th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival.  The bands will compete and participate in workshops, jam sessions, and more, during a three-day Competition & Festival in New York City.  The three top-placing bands perform with Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Wynton Marsalis, as guest soloist, followed by a performance by the 15-piece Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra - whose members serve as mentors for the finalist bands throughout the weekend.  The Festival’s finale is an awards ceremony honoring outstanding soloists, sections and the top three bands.  The Competition & Festival is the culmination of the annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Program (EE), which also includes regional festivals, teaching resources, a summer Band Director Academy, monthly newsletters, and more.    Keep reading »

  • Winners of 16th Annual Essentially Ellington Competition 2011

    Posted on May 15th, 2011 in Concerts | 6

    AMERICA’S BEST HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BANDS! JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 16th ANNUAL ESSENTIALLY ELLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND COMPETITION Competition Webcast Available Monday, May 16 1st Place: Dillard Center for the Arts, Fort Lauderdale, FL 2nd Place: Roosevelt High School, Seattle, WA 3rd Place: Mountlake Terrace High School, Seattle, WAHonorable Mention:New World School of the Arts, Miami, FL Honorable Mention: New World School of the Arts, Miami, FL Three high school jazz bands took top honors tonight in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 16th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival. Each band…   Keep reading »

  • 15 High School Jazz Band Finalists Announced for 16th Annual Essentially Ellington

    Posted on February 24th, 2011 in Concerts | 0

    Jazz at Lincoln Center announces the 15 finalist bands and one winning community band for its prestigious 16th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival. The bands will compete and participate in workshops, jam sessions, and more, during a three-day Competition & Festival in New York City. The three top-placing bands perform with Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Wynton Marsalis, as guest soloist, followed by a performance by the 15-piece Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.   Keep reading »

  • Essentially Ellington Festival and Competition Celebrates 15 Years May 7-9, 2010

    Posted on May 4th, 2010 in Concerts | 4

    Jazz at Lincoln Center will welcome the 15 finalist bands and the winning community band to prestigious 15th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival. The bands will compete and participate in workshops, jam sessions, and more during a three-day Competition & Festival in New York City. The three top-placing bands will perform with Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center Wynton Marsalis as guest soloist, followed by a performance of the 15-piece Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, whose members serve as mentors for the finalist bands throughout the weekend. The Festival’s finale is an awards ceremony…   Keep reading »

  • JALC Announces Winners of 14Th Annual Essentially Ellington

    Posted on May 13th, 2009 in Jazz at Lincoln Center | 3

    Three high school jazz bands took top honors on Sunday Night, May 10, in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 14th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival. Each band was chosen by a panel of judges composed of distinguished jazz musicians and historians — WYNTON MARSALIS, Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director; composer, conductor and Ellington authority DAVID BERGER; educator, clinician and pianist, REGINALD THOMAS; and legendary jazz trumpeter and composer/arranger, GERALD WILSON— from among the 15 finalist bands from the U.S. and Canada that came to the Competition & Festival in New York City…   Keep reading »

  • Finalists Announced for 14th Annual Essentially Ellington

    Posted on February 25th, 2009 in Jazz at Lincoln Center | 5

    Jazz at Lincoln Center announces the 15 finalist bands for its prestigious 14th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival (May 2009). The bands will compete and participate in workshops, jam sessions and more, during the three-day competition and festival in New York City. The top-placing bands perform with Wynton Marsalis, as guest soloist, followed by a performance by the 15-piece Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra – all of whom serve as mentors for the finalist bands throughout the weekend. The festival culminates with an awards ceremony honoring outstanding soloists, sections and the top three bands. The Competition & Festival…   Keep reading »

  • Wynton and Essentially Ellington 2008 on Guideposts

    Posted on June 30th, 2008 in Review, Video | 4

    Guideposts, the magazine founded on 1945 by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, produced a two part video, covering the last Essentially Ellington competition, performed on May 2008 at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Give a look to the following video-clips…   Keep reading »

  • Winners of Essentially Ellington 2008 played with Wynton and JLCO

    Posted on May 18th, 2008 in Concerts | 26

    Two high school jazz bands from Seattle took home the top honors in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 13th Annual Essentially Ellington competition that culminated with a Saturday night concert where they performed with Wynton Marsalis as guest soloist. Wynton presented the first-place trophy to Scott Brown, director of the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band, during the awards ceremony and concert at Avery Fisher Hall. Seattle’s Garfield High School Jazz Band took second place, but it boasted the winner of the Outstanding Soloist Award in clarinetist and tenor saxophonist Carl Majeau. The third-place trophy went to the Sun Prairie…   Keep reading »