Jazz giants to play at fest

You don’t need to travel to Manhattan to hear great jazz talent — on Saturday, March 23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Greenwich High School will host the annual Essentially Ellington Regional Festival, featuring 10 talented high school jazz ensembles, as well as an exhibition performance by world class jazz musicians and clinicians who serve as the adjudicators.

Greenwich’s own bassist, Rick Petrone, will serve as emcee for this day of jazz, sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Every half-hour, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., a variety of jazz ensembles, representing 10 area high schools, will perform for the community, each other, and a panel of notable judges.  Then, at 4:30 p.m., the judges and emcee will take the stage for an exhibition performance before they present awards to the students at 5.

Refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the day.

The Essential Ellington Festival was designed as a non-competitive festival in order to offer high school jazz bands of all levels the opportunity to perform the music of Duke Ellington and other seminal big band composers, and to receive feedback from Jazz at Lincoln Center clinicians and other jazz professionals from their own communities.

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