Greenwigh High School hosts annual jazz festival

You can enjoy a day of jazz music at Greenwich High School’s annual Essentially Ellington Regional Festival on Saturday, March 22, from 11 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.

The festival is sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center, and is judged by professional jazz musicians. Every half-hour, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., jazz ensembles representing 13 different high schools will perform.

At 6:30 p.m., the judges and emcee, Greenwich’s own bassist Rick Petrone, will take the stage for an exhibition performance before the student awards presentation at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door and $5 for students and seniors. Patrons can come and go all day. Sandwiches, pizza, baked goods and beverages will be available for purchase throughout the day.

GHS’ Band Director Johb Yoon will be scheduled for 11 a.m. and then a 6 p.m. exhibition and is one of many teachers taking part including representatives from Brien McMahon, Staples and Darien High School. But there will also be participation from outside Fairfield County as Brooklyn High School for the Arts and Nyack High School in Rockland County, N.Y. will also be there.

Mr. Petrone will serve as the emcee for the event. A Greenwich resident, Mr. Petrone holds a Bachelor’s degree from Berklee College of Music, was a featured soloist with Maynard Ferguson’s Big Band and can be heard on Chameleon, Live at Jimmy’s, and on the DVD At The Top.

He has also performed with Mel Torme, Lena Horne, Thad & Mel Orchestra, Houston Person & Etta Jones, Richie Cole, John Scofield, Larry Willis, Roy Hargrove, Roberta Gambarini, Giacomo Gates and Don Friedman.

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