The KPLU School of Jazz: Volume 10 has been released!
KPLU School of Jazz: Volume 10 will debut this week on 88.5 KPLU. The album features 12 local high school bands from the Northwest Washington area. The high schools represented in this year’s project are: Bellevue, Bothell, Glacier Peak, Lakeside School, Lynnwood, Mount Si, Mount Vernon, Mountlake Terrace, Newport, North Thurston, Stadium, and Tumwater. Each school brought their own style and instrumentation to this project allowing for a vast array of songs choices. The song selections came from composers such as John Coltrane, Cole Porter, Wynton Marsalis, Lester Young, Quincy Jones, and even Radiohead.
We would like to extend a special thank you to the mentors that made this project possible. Each mentor collaborated directly with the different bands as well as performed with them in the studio. The mentors this year included: Ted Dortch (tenor sax), Jenny Kellogg (trombone), Cuong Vu (trumpet), Mark Taylor (saxophone), Vern Sielert (trumpet), David Marriott (trombone), Greg Sinibaldi (saxophone), Eric Verlinde (piano), Steve Treseler (tenor sax), Maria Joyner-Wolfe (drums), and Vince Fejeran (trombone).
As part of our “School of Jazz Week” to celebrate the release of School of Jazz: Volume 10 five students will guest DJs along with Abe Beeson during KPLU’s Evening Jazz from 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Each night a different student will bring in their own collection of jazz selections to be aired during the show along with their own song from the School of Jazz album.
To culminate our “School of Jazz Week” the Bellevue High School Jazz Ensemble along with their mentor David Marriott will be performing a live Studio Session in KPLU’s Seattle studio. The ensemble will be performing the song Syeeda’s Song Flute from this year’s album along with a few other songs of their choice.
Along with the student guest DJs and the Studio Session KPLU’s jazz reporter, Jason Parker will present “How I Came to Jazz,” a three-part series airing May 12-14 about the defining moments leading to the discovery of jazz. First up—KPLU Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick talks to Jason about his own defining moment. In Part Two, Jason introduces us to one of the Northwest’s young jazz performers, Lynnwood High School Jazz Ensemble 1 alto saxophonist Monique Khim. In Part Three, Jason interviews long-time Northwest pianist and elder statesman of jazz, Overton Berry.
Thanks to this year’s sponsors!