The 15 ensembles selected as finalists, chosen from more dian 95 school groups that sent in audition materials, were vying for cash prizes and, more importandy, the opportunity to perform on stage at Avery Fisher Hall with members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, including artistic director Wynton Marsalis. Since the program's inception, over 300,000 students in 3,000 high schools have participated, and Essentially Ellington has distributed over 90,000 copies of previously unavailable Duke Ellington scores, in addition to reference recordings and additional teaching materials.
JALC's 15th Essentially Ellington Competition SHOWCASING THE F
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