E-W Jazz Band to perform at annual Hot Java Cool Jazz concert April 15

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Here’s your chance to see and hear Edmonds-Woodway High School’s Jazz Band on the big stage, as our local musicians once again participate in Starbucks Annual Hot Java Cool Jazz concert at the Paramount Theatre Friday, April 15, starting at 7 p.m.

Proceeds from the night’s performances benefit the music programs of all participating schools, which this year year include — in addition to Edmonds-Woodway — the following: Garfield, Mountlake Terrace, Newport and Roosevelt.

Since 1995, Starbucks Hot Java Cool Jazz has raised more than $200,000 for participating schools’ music programs, and help the bands cover competition, equipment and travel costs. Total ticket sales (less production and administrative fees) are split among the performing bands. Last year’s event raised $35,000 for local programs.

Last year’s event sold out, so fans are encouraged to buy tickets as soon as possible. Tickets are available surcharge-free at select Starbucks stores for $18 (adults) and $11 (seniors/students with ID). The participating Starbucks store in Edmonds is located at 21920 Highway 99 (on the corner of 220th and Highway 99 just east of TOP Food). The phone is 425-775-4286. Note that proceeds from the tickets sold at the Starbucks store closest to each school will go to that school’s music program.

“The caliber of jazz talent in our region is the envy of programs across the country,” said James Keblas, Director of the Seattle Office of Film and Music and emcee for this year’s event. “Hot Java Cool Jazz is a truly unique event that not only proves Seattle is a great city of music, but one that allows us to invest in the young musicians who will ensure that continues to be true.”

This special night of performance, showcases the talent that is bringing Puget Sound jazz programs national accolades. Since 1999, Hot Java Cool Jazz participants have earned top honors at Essentially Ellington, the preeminent competition for high school jazz held at the New York’s Lincoln Center each spring.

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