Seattle Office of Film + Music


SEATTLE JAZZ ED REACHES MORE KIDS
November 22, 2010, 1:38 pm
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KPLU
Everyone knows that Roosevelt and Garfield High Schools have some of the best high school jazz bands in the country. But what about the young Seattle musicians who don’t live in those neighborhoods? Enter the newly established Seattle Jazz Ed, under the direction of Clarence Acox, Laurie de Koch and Robert Knatt. The group, which meets once a week at Cornish College, pulls children from all over the city to form three jazz bands: beginning, intermediate and advanced. Though tuition is $750, scholarships are available for families in need. You can catch the Seattle Jazz Ed bands performing on December 9 at the Northwest African American Museum. For more information about the group, click the link above.

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MISSED THE CITY OF MUSIC AWARDS THIS YEAR? CHECK OUT OUR MINI-DOCUMENTARY RECAP
November 15, 2010, 2:53 pm
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Seattle City of Music
The City of Music Awards event last month was a huge success. The city honored Scott Brown and Clarence Acox with the Impact Award, Brandi Carlile with the Breakthrough Award and Gerard Schwarz with the Achievement Award. Members from the Music Commission attended the event at Showbox at the Market as did Seattleites who support the city’s music community. Now you can see three videos featured at the ceremony as well as a “trailer” of the entire event. These 3-5 minute documentaries were made by local filmmakers, highlighting the careers of those honored by the City of Music. Check out the updated page linked above to watch them! The City of Music Awards was made possible by Wells Fargo, AEG Live, Iceland Air and 206 Inc.

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JOIN US FOR THE CITY OF MUSIC AWARDS
September 21, 2010, 11:47 am
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Seattle City of Music
The Seattle City of Music Commission will honor musicians Brandi Carlile, Clarence Acox and Scott Brown, and Gerard Schwarz at the Second Annual City of Music Awards on Wednesday, October 6, 2010. The City of Music Awards will feature an awards ceremony with special performances by Northern Departure & M.O.V. from Seattle Theatre Group’s More Music @ The Moore; a Garfield and Roosevelt High School All-Star Jazz collaboration playing in honor of Acox and Brown; a Big Brass Tribute to Gerard Schwarz; and a special pre-recorded live video performance by Brandi Carlile. All awards recipients were selected by the 21-member Seattle Music Commission. Limited tickets are available to the public and are free of charge. Get your tickets here. The City of Music Awards is part of the 12-year Seattle City of Music Initiative. The Initiative’s goal is to create action that enhances the climate for Seattle’s music industry and propels Seattle’s leadership role in music throughout the nation and the world. This year’s Awards event will also serve as the kickoff for the inaugural City of Music Festival.

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SEATTLE’S YOUNG JAZZ SCENE GAINING NATIONAL ATTENTION

The New York Times
Today the New York Times published a piece about Seattle’s incredible commitment to jazz education at the high school and now college level. The article highlights Roosevelt and Garfield high schools, who combined have won the national Essentially Ellington competition seven out of the past ten years. While many of these young musicians go on to study at New England conservatories and gig in New York, an increasing trend is to return to their supportive Northwest hometown. Local educators and musicians such as Clarence Acox, Scott Brown, Matt Jorgensen, John Gilbreath, Andy Clausen and Riley Mulherkar are quoted and mentioned. To read the entire article, please follow the above link. For even more New York Times coverage of our beloved scene, click here. The Times’s Popcast also focuses on the major players in Seattle jazz.

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FREE CONCERT BY SEATTLE REPERTORY JAZZ ORCHESTRA

Seattle Times
Free music on a summer’s night? It doesn’t get any better than that. The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra adds to Seattle’s bounty of free outdoor summertime entertainment with a big-band concert on Aug. 6, at Seattle Center’s Mural Amphitheatre. SRJO, a prominent ensemble with some of the biggest local names in jazz, will showcase jazz pianist Victor Noriega in the August show, directed by Clarence Acox and Michael Brockman. The free concert starts at the Mural at 7:30 p.m.