Edmonds-Woodway High School Jazz Colony students will be playing from 5 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1 at the west side of Anthony’s Beach Club Cafe at the Port of Edmonds Marina.
The performances are free to the public.
Jazz Colony is an intensive summer program run by EWHS Music Director Jake Bergevin and coordinator Peter Bennett. It is focused on improvisation that gives high school jazz musicians an opportunity to play jazz all summer long and receive instruction from professional jazz clinicians and participate in weekly jam sessions. It is supported by the EWHS Music Booster, the Hazel Miller Foundation, the Hubbard Family Foundation, Kennelly Keys Music and other local donors.
“We have 42 EWHS jazz students this summer plus eight professional jazz players and instructors,” Bennett said, “and we have about 12 local college jazz interns and a few returning jazz alumni.”
Jazz Colony organizers have formed six to seven small jazz ensembles that blend professionals, students and interns “to work on their jazz skills and play great jazz tunes,” Bennett explained. “This is our sixth week of the camp and we are excited to play out in public and weather permitting, it should be great!”
Jazz Colony students will also play again at the Port of Edmonds Marina on Wednesday, Aug. 22 from 4:30 – 8 p.m., with a featured appearance by College Place Middle School Jazz Colony students from 4:30 – 5 p.m.
“We all love jazz and believe in the power of local Jazz for the Edmonds/Seattle and surrounding communities,” Bennett said. “It is amazing to see how incredible these kids can play.”