Seattle is a musically diverse city that is the birthplace of jazz greats including Quincy Jones and Ernestine Anderson, and where a young Ray Charles explored his early genius. An organization called Seattle JazzED helps young musicians harness their passion for jazz through an array of programs, and visits from stars like Wynton Marsalis. Students from kindergarten through 12th grade can attend classes and workshops, no matter their skill level or ability to pay.

One of the talented groups from Seattle JazzED joined the show today for our special ArtsFund edition to perform "Blued Out," written by local composer and Seattle JazzED instructor Ariel Loud. Then saxophonist Isaac Roberts and Seattle JazzED's Musical Director, jazz legend Clarence Acox sat down to talk about the amazing work they are able to do with the help of ArtsFund.

Seattle JazzED students perform a spring concert this Thursday, May 15th at Washington Hall in Seattle. All ensembles will take part and the concert begins at 6pm.

Thank you to today's performers:

  • Piano: Jess Juanich
  • Guitar: Owen Boxwell
  • Trumpet: Yasna Vismale
  • Drums: Joseph Poole
  • Bass: Ben Feldman
  • Saxophone: Isaac Roberts

Connect with Seattle JazzED:

Facebook: Seattle JazzED

Twitter: @SeattleJazzED

Youtube: Seattle JazzED

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