Welcome to Garfield Jazz!

The Garfield Jazz program is led by Clarence Acox, who has been nurturing young musicians for the past 44 years at Garfield High School. Garfield Jazz is part of the dynamic fine arts department at Garfield High School, a diverse public school in Seattle, Washington. The program consists of three instrumental big bands and one vocal jazz group, all supported by the Garfield Jazz Foundation.


GHS Jazz Band Auditions – August 2017

Auditions for students interested in participating in the Garfield Jazz Ensemble(s) for the 2017-2018 school year will be as follows: New students (those who have never played in a Garfield jazz band) may select one of the dates below to audition. Just show up with your instrument and sign in. Drums, amps, and piano will be provided. Monday Aug.14th -- -- --- -- -- -- - 11:00am Tuesday Aug. 15th -- -- -- -- -- -- 11:00am Returning Jazz Ensemble members audition dates: Wednesday August 16th ……….11:00am Thursday August 17th ………..11:00am Friday August 18th ………11:00am   What to expect. You will be required to: 1.    Play one or two of the 12 major scales 2.    Sight- read music in different styles You may also: 1.     Prepare a piece of your choice to play (this is not mandatory) 2.     Improvise (this is not mandatory) Drummers will be required to: 1.     Play Swing and Latin styles at varied tempos 2.     Sight-read All tryouts will take place in the band room at Garfield High School, located at 400 23rd Avenue in Seattle. Students should enter through the Alder Street (southeast) entrance. Please try not to wait until the last day to audition!

Thanks to All Who Helped Make the Garfield Jazz Gala a Great Success!

The Garfield Jazz Foundation would like to recognize and thank the following businesses and organizations for their donations to the 2017 Gala.  With their help, we were able to raise funds through our silent auction, raffle, and dessert dash.  If you visit these businesses or organizations, please thank them for supporting jazz at Garfield High School: Northwest Seaport Maritime Heritage Center The One and Only Cleaner Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) Sugar Mountain - Beecher's, Bennett's, The Butcher's Table, Pasta & Co. Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream Heavy Restaurant Group - Purple, Barrio, Lot No. 3, The Commons, Meet the Moon, Thackeray Seattle Art Museum Jazz Night School Dick's Drive In JazzEd Mioposto Pizzeria and Italian Kitchen The Royal Room Fran's Chocolates Portage Bay Café Ivar's / Kidd Valley Village Theater Cennamo Woodwinds Town Hall Dimitriou's Jazz Alley Both Ways Café Lighthouse Roasters Tom Douglas Restaurants Living Computers: Museum + Labs Madison Valley Peasant Catering Film Director Kay D. Ray Artist Satomi Pellerin Family of Photographer Ron Hudson

Garfield Jazz Band at Seattle’s Folklife Festival

Come to the Folklife Festival at Seattle Center and hear Garfield High School Band 1 perform on the Armory Court stage: Friday May 26th 5:15 - 6pm.

Our new CD ‘Swing Years’ is now available!!!

We are very excited to announce the release of our new recording! 'Swing Years' Garfield Jazz 2014 thru 2017

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2017 Gala & Auction

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Every dollar counts. Thank you! Looking for other ways to help? Visit the Support the Program page