Join SRJO Staff, Volunteers, Musicians, Friends, and Supporters for an in-person evening celebrating this legendary big band and supporting our critical in-school music education programs.
April 29th, 2023
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Dinner, Silent Auction, Raffle, and Dessert Dash
Abe Beeson, KNKX
Master of Ceremonies
Join us at the exquisite Sunset Club in Seattle
1021 University Street | Seattle | 98101
Table of 10:
Table of 10:
Meal Choices: Stuffed Sole, Chicken Marsala, Risotto Cakes
Photo: Jim Levitt
Silent Auction and Raffle Opens
Main Gala Program
Live Music by the SRJO Quintet
Raise the Paddle
Live Jazz Concert with SRJO favorite, Jacqueline Tabor
with a Tribute to Saxophonist
What Your Contributions
Do in Our Communities:
You Keep The Band Playing
SRJO is the Northwest's premier big band jazz ensemble. Founded in 1995, the 17-piece big band is made up of some of the most prominent jazz soloists and band leaders in the Pacific Northwest. SRJO is one of the most consistent employers of professional jazz musicians in Seattle.
SRJO is in the "business" of preserving jazz. We work to recover lost-to-print jazz, making available to orchestras the ability to bring these compositions to jazz lovers around the world. We may not have a historic building, but we have been building a historic orchestra, by recovering jazz classics for performance by the ensemble is accomplished by Artistic Director Michael Brockman, our region's outstanding practitioner of the art of transcribing lost-to-print composition and arrangement, note for note, from vintage recordings.
You Make our in-School Music Programs Possible
The Clarence Acox Jazz Scholars
Bringing jazz into the classroom.
Jazz Scholars is SRJO's school-partnered program, providing jazz technique and instrumental music lessons for low-income band students from marginalized communities. The program began at Denny International Middle School in southwest Seattle.
Alex Dugdale directs Jazz Scholars, which prior to the pandemic had expanded to include programs at Chief Sealth International High School, Aki Kurose Middle School, Concord Elementary, Highland Park Elementary School, Roxhill Elementary, Sanislo Elementary, and West Seattle Elementary. Currently, we are only able to serve five schools. We have the capacity but are seeking funding to serve 20 schools from individuals, foundations, and corporations.
Professional music instructors, selected by Alex, are employed for the school year providing weekly individual or group lessons in the six areas of band instrumentation: saxophone and reeds, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass, and drums. All instructors are experienced music teachers and active performers in the Seattle area.
You Bring Jazz4Kids Concerts to Children in our Communities
Bringing Concerts to the Community
What are Jazz4Kids Concerts?
SRJO Jazz4Kids concerts are special events that provide our jazz scholars and the community they represent, an opportunity to hear top-tier jazz performed for them in their own neighborhood. This is to increase the access that young people have to high-quality live music of cultural and historical significance. By bringing jazz music to these communities, we hope to positively impact future generations with inspirational musical performances. Jazz4Kids Concerts are interactive, giving time and space for the audience to ask questions about the instruments, music, or history of the band and the band members!
You can feel proud to support this event and SRJO beyond this event. If you love music - especially jazz music, you know why we do what we do. if you loved music as a child - if music got you through some of the toughest times in your life, then you know why we do what we do.
Questions? Please email us! We would love to hear from you!