The annual Essentially Ellington jazz competition, featuring 15 high school bands from around the country, streams live through Saturday from Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) in New York City. To watch, go to jazz.org/live or JALC’s Facebook page.
Each ensemble will play the music of Duke Ellington and other big band composers before an audience including Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s artistic director, and an unnamed panel of “esteemed” judges.
The event gets underway this afternoon with an open rehearsal and Q&A from 1:30 to 3 pm ET, but the competition itself starts tomorrow, May 12, from 2 to 6:30 pm. It then continues Saturday, May 13, from 10 am to 4:30 pm, with a final concert and awards ceremony the same night from 7:30 pm to 9 pm.
Here’s last year’s winning band – from the New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL—performing W.C. Handy’s “St. Louis Blues” in the final evening concert, with a guest solo by saxophonist Ted Nash of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra:
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