Middle School

2200 Quince Street NE
Olympia, WA 98506
360.596.3401 Fax

Jazz Band

This is a page for all the students in the jazz band class. 

This ensemble at Reeves MS gets to explore different musical styles such as swing, latin, funk, & rock in a smaller ensemble setting.  It also allows students who have studied rhythm instruments separately to be able to apply their skills as well.  Due to the advanced level of this group and the requirement for students to read music at a high level, only students who are regular concert band get to participate in jazz band.

We meet before school on Tuesday & Thursday mornings from 7:30-8:20am.


Jazz Resources:
A Passion for Jazz! - a great jazz history & education
PBS - Jazz - resources from "Jazz - A Film by Ken Burns" on PBS
Smithsonian Jazz - lots of cool resources on Jazz from the Smithsonian Museum & Institute

Combo / Solo Jazz Videos:
Jazz at Lincoln Center's Jazz Academy
excellent videos on learning jazz, world's largest library of free jazz lessons - highly recommend

Getting into jazz as a classical player by Eddie Daniels (jazz clarinet player)
Miles Davis - Kind of Blue (full album)
Miles Davis - So What (live video)
John Coltrane - Giant Steps (full album)
Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five (live video)
Charlie Parker - The Original Bird, 1949 (full album)
1980's combo jazz in Europe (Brecker, Manieri, Elias, Erskine, Gomez)
Paul the Trombone & Bill Watrous lots of trombone stuff on his youtube channel
Modern Jazz Quartet in Japan (1981)
Wild Card plays Psychedelic Sally by Horace Silver (random jazz combo from London, great female drummer)
great example of transcribing a solo (jazz clarinet) (contributed by Annalise)
Itchy Fingers play "Dakhut" (where the above solo came from)
Wynton Marsalis performs "Cherokee" (jazz trumpet) (contributed by Eva)
J.J. Johnson - Blue Trombone (jazz trombone) (contributed by Aidan W.)
Miles Davis - All Blues (jazz trumpet) (contributed by Owen B.)
The Flute in Latin Jazz (lecture/compilation) (contributed by Maggie)
Just a Closer Walk With Thee on the streets of New Orleans excellent example of early jazz from the birthplace of jazz (contributed by Krista)
J.J. Johnson Quintet - Blue Bossa (contributed by Trent)
Tank! from Cowboy Bebop — one clarinetist and a lot of looping (contributed by Elijah)
Pete Fountain plays clarinet on Johnny Carson Show (contributed by Freijda)

Big Band Jazz Videos:
Wynton Marsalis & Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra - Take the A Train
Tommy Igoe & The Buddy Rich Big Band: The Chicken (with Will Lee as Jaco Pastorius)
University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band - New Cydonia by Steve Wiest
Central Washington University Jazz Band 1 - Caravan
Central Washington University Jazz Band 1 - Nutville
Central Washington University Jazz Band 1 - Channel One Suite
Central Washington University Jazz Band 1 - Wind Machine
Doc Severinson and the Tonight Show Band perform Sing Sing Sing a lady complained that the band isn't featured enough on TV, this is still true today (contributed by Erin)
Artie Shaw & Band (excellent example of when jazz was the popular music!) (contributed by Jaena)