Derek Billey, Nikhil Wadhwa, and Charlie Sawyer all from West Seattle are featured players in the acclaimed Garfield Jazz Band. The band kicks off its new season Nov. 29 at the Quincy Jones Performance Center at Garfield High School. Not pictured but performing are: Kellen Bryan (drums), and Calvin Foucault (guitar).

West Seattle musicians are featured in acclaimed Garfield Jazz Band

New season kicks off November 29

The public is invited to hear Seattle’s renowned Garfield Jazz Band I as it launches its 2012-2013 performance season with a free concert on Thursday, November 29. The show starts at 7:30pm.

Quincy Jones Performance Center, Garfield High School, 400 23rd Avenue, Seattle

The band performs under the direction of Clarence Acox, Jr., recently honored by Earshot Jazz for his 40-plus years leading one of the nation’s most esteemed high school jazz programs.

Featured in Band I are several West Seattle residents: Derek Billey (alto saxophone), Kellen Bryan (drums), Calvin Foucault (guitar), Charlie Sawyer (tenor saxophone), and Nikhil Wadhwa (guitar).

Seattle Schools Superintendent Jose Banda will be on hand to help inaugurate the new season, which includes a full schedule of regional and national competitions, festivals, and concerts.

Admission to this highly-anticipated annual concert is free (donations accepted).

Upcoming Garfield Jazz Band winter concerts include:

Saturday, Dec. 1 Seattle Center Winterfest with Garfield Jazz Bands II and III

12:15-1:15pm Free at the Armory/Center House

Sunday, Dec. 23 Seattle Center Winterfest featuring Garfield Jazz Band I

1:00pm Free at the Armory/Center House

Sunday, Jan. 13 Winter Concert featuring Garfield Jazz Bands I, II and III

7pm Quincy Jones Performance Center, 400 23rd Avenue, Seattle

(Schedule is subject to change; go to for the most current information.)

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