Essentially Ellington again features Seattle-area school jazz bands in New York City

May 13, 2011

It's another banner year for Seattle-area high school jazz bands. 

Ensembles from Roosevelt and Mountlake Terrace High Schools are once again at Lincoln center in New York, NY - competing in what many critics regard as the nation's top bout for young jazz artists, the Essentially Ellington competition.

The Seattle Times is covering the event and has this note in today's print copy of the  paper:

"On Friday, the competition runs from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with Roosevelt appearing last. There are two segments on Saturday, 7 to 8:30 a.m., with Mountlake Terrace playing last, and 10 a.m. to noon. The three top bands will be announced on the live stream at 1 p. m. (All times PST.)"

You can also follow the competition on Twitter: @EssEllington and on Facebook at

Here's a neat promtional video about the event:

Last year, KPLU Artscape reporter Florangela Davila attended the competition, which pitted cross-town rivals Garfield High and Roosevelt High against one another.

You can look back at her coverage for KPLU by clicking here and here

This year, Garfield did not make it into the finals.