Garfield High School jazz band

5:00 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Meet A Young New York-Based Brass Ensemble With Some Serious Seattle Roots

The Westerlies recorded their debut album in a family friend's house on Lopez Island in the San Juan Islands.
Andrew Swanson

The Westerlies are a new young brass ensemble based out of New York City. They’re an all-over-the-musical-map group whose first album is already garnering critical praise.

And this first bit of success could have something to do with their Seattle roots. All four musicians, all in their 20s, grew up in Seattle where they absorbed much of the local music scene. They’re the product of two of the best high school jazz programs in the country: Garfield and Roosevelt high schools. And their debut album, recorded in a family friend’s cabin on Lopez Island, is a reinterpretation of an eclectic mix of compositions by Seattlelite Wayne Horvitz.

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essentially ellington
5:17 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Three area high school jazz bands competing in prestigious festival

This image shows a jam session held in the Allen Room of the Lincoln Center on Friday, May 10, 2013.
Essentially Ellington's Facebook page

Three area high schools jazz bands are in New York this weekend to compete in the 18th annual Essentially Ellington Festival, the most prestigious high school jazz band competition in the country. 

Edmonds-Woodway High School, as well as bands from Seattle's Garfield and Roosevelt high schools are among the 15 national finalists from across the U.S. and Canada. 

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Jazz & Blues
8:40 am
Thu February 21, 2013

3 local high school jazz bands to compete in elite NYC competition

Garfield High School jazz band

Three Seattle-area high school jazz bands have been selected from nearly 100 schools across the country to compete in this year’s prestigious Essentially Ellington Competition in New York City.

Jazz bands from Garfield and Roosevelt in Seattle as well as Edmonds-Woodway were the only three high schools selected from a region that includes 11 states and several Canadian provinces.

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