We’ve been having a great time bringing some of the excellent regional high school jazz bands into the KPLU studios for live performances. The musicians of the Bellevue High School Jazz band came in loaded for bear.
The group, under the direction of Edd George and featuring mentor Mark Taylor (tenor sax), began their set with Freddie Hubbard’s Crisis and followed that with Lee Morgan’s beautiful jazz ballad, Ceora. They wrapped it up with a true be-bop classic, Charlie Parker’s 1945 composition, Billie’s Bounce.
Between songs, host Abe Beeson talked to Edd, Mark and the student musicians about the joys of jazz and how the music informs their daily lives.
Bellevue High School Band Members: