Enjoy great jazz by talented local high school and middle school students at the free Sea Jazz event at the Port of Edmonds, behind and west of Anthony’s Homeport, gets underway Wednesday, Aug. 23.
Starting at 4:30 p.m., 20 students from the College Place Middle School Jazz Colony and 52 students from the Edmonds Woodway High School Jazz Colony will play at the Sea Jazz venue.
It will be the final Sea Jazz event that includes the larger Jazz Colony group, although smaller jazz gigs will be ongoing at the port on Sundays from 1-3 p.m. and Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m., through Sept. 20.
First up, from 4:30-5 p.m., is College Place Middle’s Jazz Colony. The middle school jazz group, in its third year, is run by local jazz professional Steve Treseler and coordinated by Mike Hendersen.
Following from 5-8 p.m. is the EWHS Jazz Colony, in its eighth year and under the direction of EWHS Music Director Jake Bergevin, with coordinated by Peter Bennett.
“We have fully functioning jazz combos of current EWHS jazz students, run by local jazz professionals and with some college and alumni interns mixed in,” Bennett said. “The jazz students have been practicing and working hard on improvising all summer long. This is their second and final time to perform this summer before school starts back up. ”
Working on jazz all summer is one reason why the EWHS Jazz program is so good and why they continuously get invited to perform at significant events like Seattle’s Hot Java Cool Jazz event as well the the Essentially Ellington contest in New York City (the group went in May 2017), Bennett said.
The EWHS Jazz Colony is sponsored by the EWHS Music Boosters, the Hubbard Foundation, the Hazel Miller foundation, Kennelly Keys Music and Garlic Jim’s Pizza.
“Come out to see us for some great jazz with pros and students playing together,” Bennett said. “It is free jazz, but we allow you to give tips if you wish!”
Note that since this event is outside, it will be canceled if it rains. “Cross your fingers for good weather,” Bennett added.