Mercer Island High School has a remarkable jazz orchestra, so we were very much looking forward to this live distillation of that band—the Mercer Island Jazz Combo. You’ll hear the students on saxophone, trombone, bass, drums and piano. Their mentor, Thomas Marriott is the featured trumpet player. This live KNKX Studio Session is hosted by our own Mary McCann. Hit ‘play.’
The Northwest jazz scene is enhanced by some of the finest high school bands in the country, including Garfield and Roosevelt who are perennial finalists in the national Essentially Ellington Competition. Jazz has a tradition of teaching, learning and sharing and for KNKX, jazz education and performance is vital to the music’s future.