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SEATTLE REPERTORY JAZZ ORCHESTRA STUDENT SCHOLARS PERFORM AT END-OF-YEAR CONCERT

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Student participants in the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra (SRJO) Jazz Scholars Program will cap off a school year full of musical exploration with a joint performance featuring Denny International Middle School and Sealth High School students. The concert will take place Friday, May 27 at 7 PM in the auditorium at Sealth High School. The SRJO scholars (who come from a low-income background) were selected by Denny International Middle School band director Marcus Pimpleton to receive jazz technique and instrumental music lessons. Six professional music instructors, all of whom perform extensively in the Seattle area, work with the students individually and in groups to develop “best practices” for music training. TheSRJO Jazz Scholars Program is supported by grants from The Clowes Fund and the City of Seattle Office of Cultural Affairs Youth Arts Program. Click the link above for more information about SRJO and the Jazz Scholars Program.

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SEATTLE REPERTORY JAZZ ORCHESTRA PLAYS TRIBUTE TO RAY CHARLES AND QUINCY JONES

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Ray Charles and Quincy Jones were teenagers when they met in a Seattle nightclub, one of dozens clustered around Jackson Street in the 1940s. They were both aspiring jazz musicians, Charles a pianist, Jones a trumpeter. They were among many now- familiar names who got their start in Seattle: Buddy Catlett, Ernestine Anderson, Gerald Wiggins, Floyd Standifer. Jones and Charles eventually achieved the most fame, moving beyond their original genre, becoming stars of pop and R&B. The pair collaborated on the seminal 1961 album “Genius + Soul = Jazz,” which featured Charles on the Hammond B3 organ, with members of the Count Basie band, performing big-band arrangements by Jones. The scores that came out of that collaboration will be performed by Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra in two shows this weekend as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival, which ends Sunday.