The Essentially Ellington (EE) Regional Festival has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


A program of Jazz at Lincoln Center, participating Essentially Ellington (EE) bands will perform and demonstrate learned skills acquired during this one day intensive.


Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Location: Mesa Arts Center

Participants: EE Bands/ High School Bands



SPACE IS LIMITED TO 10 BANDS (first come first served)

After those spots are filled we will then be accepting wait list applications.


Essentially Ellington - A free program for high school jazz bands, Essentially Ellington aims to elevate musicianship, broaden perspectives and inspire performance. Through the music of seminal big band composers including Duke Ellington, Benny Carter, Mary Lou Williams, Count Basie, and Dizzy Gillespie, beginning bands can work on the building blocks of jazz, while more advanced groups can explore elements of style and self-expression. Students at any level will experience the thrill of playing some of the most joyful music ever written.


Essentially Ellington Regional Festivals - EE High School Jazz Band Regional Festivals. These non-competitive festivals are designed to offer high school jazz bands of all levels the opportunity to perform the music of Duke Ellington and other big band composers, and to receive professional feedback from Jazz at Lincoln Center clinicians and other jazz professionals in their own communities.


Admission: FREE 


Early Registration Benefit: 

  • The first 10 EE applicants will receive 20 FREE tickets to:
    • Airmen of Note - April 16th 2020 7:30 PM, Ikeda Theater
    • OR
    • Jazzmeia Horn - April 21st 2020 7:30 PM, Piper Theater



Questions: 480.644.6540 |