School Of Jazz: The Kids Up North Have Come To Play

Jun 30, 2016

The all-stars from the Mountlake Terrace High School jazz band were well-prepared for their live session in the KPLU studios, so well prepared, in fact, that their mentor, Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra saxophonist Travis Ranney, said all he had to do was show up.

Swinging through a pair of standards, the septet of kids also brought an arrangement of the very cool modern jazz tune, “Tall & Lanky” by Jeff Coffin to show off their own two-sax and a trombone front line.

It was a fantastic showcase leading up to the band’s performance at the 16th annual Edmonds Jazz Connection, which has served as an inspiration to many of the kids when they were barely old enough to play their instruments. Add Mountlake Terrace to the growing list of supremely talented young jazz bands in the Northwest, keeping the jazz tradition alive while also pushing the music into the new century.