Tadd Dameron For the and competitions, Essentially Ellington returned to its original format of six Ellington charts. In a new selection process was introduced, under which the top 3 bands, from five national regions including community bands will compete in New York. Once the finalists are announced, clinicians are sent to each of the finalist schools to provide an in-depth jazz workshop and refine the bands for competition. Upon arrival at the center, every band is designated a festival mentor, who will act as a clinician and guide during the competition.
Essentially Ellington culminated in tonight's concert at Avery Fisher Hall, at which each of the three top-placing bands performed two Ellington compositions, one alone and one with Jon Faddis, as guest soloist.
Conductor, composer and educator, Mr. At the awards ceremony, Wynton Marsalis, presented prizes to each of the 15 finalist bands. All monetary awards go toward improving schools' jazz programs.
Awards for outstanding soloists and sections were also presented see attached listing for details. The contest invited students from all participating high schools to submit an essay describing a personal experience with Jazz.
Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, and read her essay at the opening of the festival on Thursday, May 18, Essentially Ellington is the largest of the over events that Jazz at Lincoln Center will produce this year.
This unique music education program has provided original arrangements of Duke Ellington's music to overhigh school musicians in more than 3, schools nationwide in its eleven-year history.
Essentially Ellington has produced and distributed over 50, copies of 66 previously unavailable scores. The 15 finalists for Essentially Ellington are: This panel judged each band's performance of three Ellington works.
At the May 20th, 7: The six selections forwhich reflect the variety of styles and forms in Ellington's body of work, are: Of the more than bands that received this year's six compositions and educational materials, 97 submitted recordings of three of those compositions to enter the competition. The 15 finalists were selected based on the criteria of: In addition, they were each evaluated within one of three competitive categories.
Each band that sent in a recording received a detailed critique of their performance and a certificate signed by Wynton Marsalis. In Category A, 74 school groups who were not finalists in the past two years competed for 10 finalist slots.
In Category B, 20 school groups who were finalists in EE or competed for five finalist slots. Category C is for conglomerate groups, those made up of students from more than one school. There were three submissions in Category C, and the winning group receives a workshop with a clinician from Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Throughout AprilJazz at Lincoln Center sent, free of charge, a professional musician to each of the 15 finalist schools to lead an intensive day-long workshop of rehearsals, lessons, and master classes.
During the Festival, each finalist band is paired with a Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra member as a mentor. HISTORY Essentially Ellington disseminates Duke Ellington compositions to high school jazz bands, encourages the study and performance of Ellington's music, and fosters mentoring relationships between students and professional musicians.
The program has experienced major growth in its 11 years; open originally, into schools in the New York tri-state area, it expanded to 13 states and D. Induring the Ellington Centennial, the program opened up to all 50 states and U. InEssentially Ellington expanded to include high school jazz bands from throughout Canada.
During the summer ofthe Band Director Academy expanded to two locations. In Marchfor the first time, two non-competitive Essentially Ellington regional high school jazz band festivals were held.
Each band performed three pieces one Ellington and two others of their choice and received a workshop on playing Ellington's music.In , Jazz at Lincoln Center began including non-Ellington repertoire. While the music of Duke Ellington will always be central to EE, the program now explores other important big band arrangers and composers as well—one each year.
Featured artists have included Benny Carter, Mary Lou Williams, Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie. A free program for high school jazz bands, Essentially Ellington aims to elevate musicianship, broaden perspectives and inspire performance.
Essentially Ellington Festival logo projected onto the walls of the Allen Room. The Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival is an annual high school jazz festival and competition that takes place every May at Jazz at Lincoln Center (JLC) in New York City.
A free program for high school jazz bands, Essentially Ellington aims to elevate musicianship, broaden perspectives and inspire performance. News & Updates Congratulations to our top placing bands of the 23rd Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival!
The top three essay finalists are all awarded a variety of items, ranging from jazz recordings to musical scores.
Bands. The Essentially Ellington Competition was open only to high school bands east of the Mississippi until , when bands across the U.S. and Canada were allowed to enter as well. Essentially Ellington has produced and distributed over 50, copies of 66 previously unavailable scores.
78 finalist bands have come to New York City to compete in the annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival.