Essentially Ellington 31st Annual Jazz Festival Showcases Talent in Greenwich High’s Performing Arts Center!

John Yoon jazz festival

The GHS Jazz Lab Band performed Straight No Chaser, Dat Dere, Again and Again, and Easy Minor. March 19, 2016 Credit: Leslie Yager

Around 11:00am, just before the GHS Jazz Lab Band was due to perform at Greenwich High School, Band Director John Yoon apologized for the microphones not working.

The thing was, nobody noticed. The band’s performance was superlative and they could be heard perfectly in the new performing arts center.

Four longtime friends from Greenwich High School back when it was in the Town Hall building turned out to enjoy performances in the new performing arts center. Credit: Leslie Perry

Four longtime friends from Greenwich High School back when it was in the Town Hall building turned out to enjoy performances in the new performing arts center. Credit: Leslie Perry

Following the GHS Jazz Lab Band, directed by Mr. Yoon, there were performances by Hamden High School Jazz Ensemble, Staples High School Jazz Band, Enfield High School Jazz Band, Rye HighSchool Jazz Band, Clarkstown High School North Jazz Band, Harrison High School Jazz Band, Fairfield Warde High School Jazz Band, Joel Barlow High School Jazz Ensemble, East Catholic High School Jazz Ensemble, Darien HighSchool Jazz Band and the Lynbrook High School Jazz Ensemble.

At the end of the the day the GHS Jazz ensemble performed in exhibition, followed by an exhibition by the judges. Awards went to outstanding Soloists, Outstanding Sections and Outstanding Band, Darien High School.

The competition judges included Alex Norris, Justin DiCioccio, Chris Crenshaw and Bruce Hering.

 

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The competition judges included Alex Norris, Justin DiCioccio, Chris Crenshaw and Bruce Hering. Photo, Leslie Perry

L to R Bruce Hering, Justin DiCioccio, Rick Petrone, Chris Crenshaw, Alex Norris, John Yoon

L to R Bruce Hering, Justin DiCioccio, Rick Petrone, Chris Crenshaw, Alex Norris, John Yoon. Photo: Leslie Perry

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Competition judge Chris Crenshaw, started playing piano at age three and took up the trombone at age 11. He received his Master’s in Jazz Studies from The Julliard School. In 2006, he joined the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and in 2012, he composed God’s Trombones, a spiritually focused work which was premiered by the orchestra at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

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Solo by Emily Wu, March 19, 2016 Credit: Leslie Yager

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The GHS Jazz Lab Band. Saxophone: Rebecca Carlo, Patrick Iskandar, Austin Cohen, Scott Dayton, Nick Gomez del Campo, Bennett Hawley, Jeremy Fertig. Trumpets: Ben Robbins, Stephen McDonnell, Kevin Collins, Kalvin Chung, Shane Bortot. Trombones: Kohn Kobayashi, Emily Schwartz, Hunter Parsons, Yves Mazaud, Cris Fitzgerald. Rhythm Section: Michael McNulty (guitar) Niccolo Meniconi (piano) Alex Schuler (piano) Alex Woo (bass) Brian Luntz (bass) Ryan Bologna (drums) Dylan Ellner (drums).

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 See also:

29th Annual Jazz Festival at GHS “Essentially Ellington,” Totally Talented


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