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Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 25th Essentially Ellington Competition Is Now Open

To celebrate 25 years of its high-school jazz band contest, JALC is launching new initiatives

Roosevelt High School in Seattle took first place in the Essentially Ellington contest.
Roosevelt High School in Seattle took first place in the 2019 Essentially Ellington contest. (photo: Ayano HIsa/Jazz at Lincoln Center)

The 25th annual Jazz at Lincoln Center Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival is scheduled to take place May 7-9, 2020.

Since 1995, the Essentially Ellington program has provided free educational materials—including big-band charts featuring the music of Duke Ellington and others—to 647,000 students in 6,770 schools and independent bands in 55 countries. The May competition and festival at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York marks the culmination of the annual program, which includes non-competitive regional festivals throughout the United States and Australia, free transcriptions of original Duke Ellington recordings, additional teaching resources, free adjudication, and more.

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