Jazz at Lincoln Center's
Celebrates 15 Years!
By Joanna Massey,
Assistant Director, Education,
Jazz at Lincoln Center
This year the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Program (EE) is celebrating its 15th anniversary. We estimate that more than
300,000 people have participated in the program over the years, including students, band directors, parents, musicians, and volunteers. Jazz at Lincoln Center is currently conducting a national search for these program alumni. If you are an EE participant from this year or years past, log on
to jalc.org/ee15, take our EE Celebrates 15 survey and be counted in the project!
Essentially Ellington is a unique free educational resource for high school jazz bands. The program supports the development of school music programs through distribution of the original music of Duke Ellington and other seminal big band composers
and arrangers, as well as curriculum resources - including recordings, videos, teaching guides, and expert feedback. The year-long program also includes a student writing contest, regional festivals throughout the country, and an annual Competition & Festival held each May in New York City.
Free membership includes: six original transcriptions or arrangements, reference recordings, a score study and teaching guide, subscription to the EE newsletter and other educational resources, including videos of Wynton
Marsalis rehearsing the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on EE repertoire. In addition, bands have the option to submit a recording for the EE Competition & Festival or for professional feedback only, or to attend an
EE Regional Festival.
While membership is sold out for the current year, the six titles featured in this year’s program are currently available from your preferred music dealer. Memberships for next year’s program will be
available in September.
Jazz at Lincoln Center is pleased to work with Alfred in the publication and commercial distribution of the Essentially Ellington series, as well as the Essential Jazz Editions and Jazz for Young People
Series. For more information visit jalc.org/essentiallyellington or call 212-258-9812.