Photographs courtesy of Matthew Lawrence.
The Garfield Jazz Bands I, II, and III, will present the first concert for 2013 on January 13 at the Quincy Jones Performance Center at Garfield High School.

13 West Seattle Students Swing in the New Year January 13 at Garfield Jazz Winter Concert

13 student musicians who call West Seattle home are part of the renowned Garfield Jazz Band for this year and will take part in the first concert of the season as Garfield Jazz Bands I, II and III take the stage together for the band's Winter Concert:

Sunday, January 13
7:00 pm
Quincy Jones Performance Center
Garfield High School
400 23rd Avenue, Seattle

Garfield Jazz highlights Seattle’s citywide talent, featuring students from Beacon Hill to Ballard, Lake City to Leschi, Madison Valley to Magnolia, Wallingford to West Seattle. Thirteen Garfield Jazz students call West Seattle home.

Band I features Derek Billey (alto saxophone), Kellen Bryan (drums), Calvin Foucault (guitar), Charlie Sawyer (tenor saxophone), Nihkil Wadhwa (guitar).

Band II area musicians are Edward Batchelder (trumpet), Julien LaPierre (piano), Talia Lawrence (trumpet), Elliot Reid (guitar), Connor Steen (trombone).

Band III debuts with West Seattle’s Conor Gormally (bass), Morgan Higgins (piano), Liya LaPierre (bass), Connor Steen (trombone)

Band I and II perform under the direction of the inimitable Clarence Acox, Jr. Band III is directed by world-renowned trumpeter Jay Thomas, along with Scott Lytle.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students, or $20 per family. Middle school students are admitted free with school I.D. Baked goods, hot cider, and a limited supply of Vietnamese sandwiches will be available, so come early!

Upcoming Garfield Jazz events open to the public include:

Friday, Feb. 1 Bands II and III at the Viking Jazz Festival in Poulsbo, WA

Saturday, Feb. 2 Band I at the Bellevue Jazz Festival at Bellevue College

Friday, March 22 Band I at Hot Java Cool Jazz at the Paramount Theater

For the most current information including performance times, please visit

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