Bob Brookmeyer: Jack of All Trades, Master of Valves
Swing Central Jazz
A dozen of the country's top high school jazz bands have been chosen to take part in the seventh annual edition of the Swing Central Jazz band competition and workshop, sponsored by the Savannah (GA) Music Festival. Participating students work with jazz mentors for three days, perform in showcases on Savannah's River Street, play in competition rounds and attend a variety of SMF performances during the event, which takes place March 28-30. The bands also compete for $13,000 in cash awards.
Bands scheduled to take part are the Advanced Jazz Band from Battle Ground (WA) High School; Agoura Hills (CA) High School Studio Jazz Band; Champaign (IL) Central High School Jazz Ensemble and Stage Band; Dillard Center for the Arts Jazz Ensemble (Fort Lauderdale, FL); Hume Fogg Academic High School Jazz Band (Nashville, TN); Leon High School Jazz Ensemble 1 (Tallahassee, FL); Lower Moreland (PA) High School Jazz Ensemble; Mount Si High School Jazz Band 1 (Snoqualmie, WA); Newport High School Jazz 1 (Bellevue, WA); Temple (TX) Highlighters; and Lovett School Jazz Ensemble (Atlanta, GA).
The Swing Central Jazz clinicians are Jim Ketch, Sean Jones, Terell Stafford, trumpet; Jeff Clayton, Bill Kennedy, Jack Wilkins, saxophone; Wycliffe Gordon, Ron Westray, Paul McKee, trombone; Dave Stryker, guitar; Jason Marsalis, Leon Anderson, Herlin Riley, drums; Rodney Whitaker, Rodney Jordan, Jeffry Eckels , bass; Marcus Roberts, Bill E. Peterson, Aaron Diehl, Kevin Bales, piano.
The three top-scoring bands receive honorariums ($5,000 for first place, $2,500 for second, $1,000 for third) and perform the opening set at the SMF production "Swingin' & Wailin.'" Other bands receive a $500 travel stipend. For information about the Savannah Music Festival, contact Ryan McMaken (email@example.com) or phone 912-234-3378, ext. 104.
Big Bands Are Still Out There
And you can hear some of the best in the New York area performing on selected Tuesday evenings at the New York City Baha'i Center, 53 E. 11th Street (between University Place and Broadway). General admission is $15, $10 for students. On February 14, the Ben and Frank Perowsky Big Band performs two shows, at 8:00 and 9:30 p.m. For information, phone 212-222-5159.