Tucson Jazz Institute Musicians Win Honors

Doug Tidaback, director of Big Bands at Tucson Jazz Institute (www.tucsonjazzinstitute.org), gave us the heads up on some recent honors and events.

Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Band was awarded First Place Community Jazz Band in the Essentially Ellington competition and has been invited to perform at Lincoln Center in New York City in May. The Essential Ellington competition is considered the superbowl of high school jazz music competitions. This year, 96 bands entered a performance of three compositions. The TJI Ellington Band is the first Arizona band to make it to the finals.

The 15th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival takes place May 8-10 in New York. TJI Ellington Band will compete and participate in workshops, jam sessions and more. The three top-placing bands perform with Wynton Marsalis, artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

To help prepare the band, Jazz at Lincoln Center director Martin Hundley and clinician Dana Hall will work with the students from 4 to 8 p.m., Monday, April 5, at Tucson Jazz Institute, 6061 E. Broadway Blvd., Suite 121.

TJI is raising funds to assist students with travel expenses. To sponsor a student, contact Carol McCluer at 514-0935, e-mail tidaback@gmail.com or visit the TJI Web site.