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Line-Up Announced For Inaugural Seattle Jazz Experience

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Cornish College of the Arts today announced the 16 college and high school ensembles invited to participate at this year’s Seattle Jazz Experience, the inaugural Seattle youth jazz festival that debuts this March 14 and 15, 2014 at the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center.

The Seattle Jazz Experience, a two-day festival for high school and college jazz students from throughout the nation, features workshops, clinics, and evening performances by nationally renowned jazz artists. Artists confirmed for this year’s festival include drummer and composer Matt Wilson’s Arts & Crafts quartet; the Seattle-based Cuong Vu Trio; Grammy Award-winning composer and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Bill Holman; acclaimed alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa; Grammy-nominated trombonist and bandleader Alan Ferber; the noted Brazilian composer, pianist, and flutist Jovino Santos Neto; and composer and pianist Ellen Rowe.

Complete festival details, schedule, and background information on all guest artists can be found on the festival website: All concerts are open to the public; a limited number of single tickets go on sale February 15, 2014.

The Seattle Jazz Experience will draw nearly 400 students from the schools participating at this year’s festival. College ensembles invited include: Collin College (Texas), Cornish College of the Arts, Pacific Lutheran University, University of Oregon, University of Puget Sound, University of the Pacific (California). High School division participants include Bothell High School, Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy (Idaho), Edmonds-Woodway High School, Ferris High School, Garfield High School, Glacier Peak High School, Lakeside School, Mead High School, and Seattle JazzED.

Clay Jenkins, Professor of Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, served as the guest curator who reviewed the nationwide pool of applicants and made the final selections. These were confirmed by Festival Director Kent Devereaux, Professor of Composition and Chair of the Music Department at Cornish College of the Arts.

“We’re thrilled with the enthusiastic support for the Seattle Jazz Experience we’ve received from high school and college band directors,” said festival director Kent Devereaux. “This only confirms our premonition that the time was right for Seattle to stake its claim as the center of jazz in the Pacific Northwest.”

The Seattle Jazz Experience is a production of Cornish College of the Arts, presented in association with Seattle JazzED, and made possible through the generous support of our sponsors: Starbucks, Wells Fargo, and DownBeat magazine.

About Cornish College of the Arts
A pioneer in arts education, Cornish College of the Arts sprang from the remarkable vision of Nellie Cornish, a woman determined to cultivate the arts in Seattle when it was scarcely more than a frontier town. Her philosophy of educating the artist through exposure to all the arts was progressive at the time, and continues to be innovative today. The College offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Art, Dance, Design, Performance Production and Theater, a Bachelor of Music degree and an Artist Diploma in Early Music.  The College is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

About Seattle JazzED
Seattle JazzED provides exceptional jazz education and performance opportunities to Seattle area youth, regardless of their prior music instruction or ability to pay. Seattle JazzED offers six ability-based ensembles for students in grades 4-12, as well as workshops, and a summer outreach program. JazzED educators include Clarence Acox, Robert Knatt and Wayne Horvitz. JazzED serves over 200 students annually from 75 different schools with 40 percent of students receiving financial aid. Underlying all JazzED programs is the vision that by achieving excellence in musical performance, students acquire valuable character traits that will help them achieve excellence in other areas of life. More information is available at:


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