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Since 2005, KNKX's School of Jazz has provided mentorship, learning and performance opportunities to Western Washington middle school, high school and college jazz students. A cornerstone of the station's signature community outreach program, it has directly impacted thousands of jazz students, band directors and professional musicians. School of Jazz is sponsored by Alaska Airlines and BECU.

School Of Jazz: Meadowdale High School Jazz Combo - Raising The Bar

As we welcomed Lynnwood’s Meadowdale High School Jazz Combo into the KPLU live performance studio, they looked like normal, hard-working music students.  When they started to play, however, it was soon clear to us that we were hearing a band that was a cut above.  

Along with their mentor, trumpeter Michael Van Bebber, the combo nailed each of the 3 songs they performed.  If you have doubts about whether or not high school students can really play jazz, listen to this session.  Your doubts will disappear.  Out thanks to the band for such a fine performance and kudos to the band’s director, Jeff Horenstein.

You can find all of our School of Jazz performances as well as our Student DJs at schoolofjazz.org

Song List:

  1. Road Song
  2. Things Don't Exist
  3. Smash

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ge0eexPGG1A
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIdK1kqt9Xk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDJMGF7on7Y

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