|The staging for the Basie Bash pretty
well mirrored the night outside.
SRJO is a professional ensemble composed of nineteen top jazz performers from our region. We saw the orchestra on a recent Saturday evening at the beautiful 700-seat Edmonds Center for the Arts. SRJO, which has established schedules in Seattle's Benaroya Hall and the Kirkland Performance Hall, is now adding Edmonds to the orchestra's concert season. The large and enthusiastic audience at the Basie Bash demonstrated the good sense in this move. We were joined at the concert by some old friends, one of whom serves on the Orchestra's board, and Edmonds proved a wonderful place for dinner and an engaging show.
SRJO has a serious commitment to young musicians. Jazz Scholars is the orchestra's school-partnered pilot program that provides music education for low-income and minority band students. Jazz4KIDS Concerts provide children and youth the opportunity to hear live jazz in a concert hall. The Basie Bash demonstrated SRJO's focus on youth through the appearance of three guest soloists from the Edmonds-Woodway High School Jazz program. The Orchestra clearly enjoyed sharing the stage with three aspiring and inspiring young musicians. In addition to professional performance, many in the orchestra are educators, in particular SRJO's co-artistic directors: Drummer Clarence Acox directs the award-winning Garfield High School Jazz Ensemble and saxophonist Michael Brockton has been on the UW music faculty since 1987.
Want to enjoy some jazz? I highly recommend the next season of Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra!