The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra (SRJO) has received an award from the Jazz Education Network (JEN) and the Herb Alpert Foundation to support the SRJO’s Jazz Scholars Program, expanding the program for the first time to Denny International Middle School and Aki Kurose Middle School. Jazz Scholars is a school-partnered program providing jazz technique and instrumental music lessons for low-income and minority band students. The JAZZ2U Grant funds a concert and clinic at Aki Kurose Middle School on June 13 that will introduce students to jazz music, and encourage students to sign up for the SRJO Jazz Scholars program.
Now celebrating its 18th concert season, the 17-piece SRJO is co-directed by saxophonist and arranger Michael Brockman, long-time faculty member of the UW School of Music and an authority on the music of Duke Ellington, and drummer Clarence Acox, award-winning conductor of the Garfield High School bands. The ensemble is the recipient of numerous awards, including Golden Ear awards from Earshot Jazz for “Best Acoustic Jazz Group” and “Concert of the Year,” and two “Starlight Awards” from the Kirkland Performance Center. Several members of the all-star group have been named to the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame, with bassist Phil Sparks most recently inducted at the 2009 Golden Ear Awards.