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Burroughs High School Jazz Ensemble Presents Annual Swing Night

On the heels of the Liberty Bowl Half Time Show performance, and switching gears from Marching Band to Orchestral Band, the versatile John Burroughs High School Instrumental Music Association is ready to Swing!

(photo courtesy of Conrad F. Olivas, III)

One of the biggest fundraisers of the year for the JBHS IMA, Swing Night, showcases the John Burroughs High School Jazz Ensemble. The Jazz Ensemble will play the finest culmination of big band music that months of study has prepared them for.

As attendees arrive, the opening band, White Bow Tie Society, will serenade the crowd with a set of traditional jazz music. White Bow Tie Society is comprised of 6 members of the Jazz Ensemble who study and play traditional jazz, Latin and funk.

This special night then launches off with a Swing Dance lesson taught by Burroughs alumna and professional dance instructor Linda Shoemake. Then use what youʼve learned to swing the night away to live music all performed by the Jazz Ensemble. Peruse the opportunity baskets featuring a variety of prizes that will be raffled during the event. To keep your energy up there will be an assortment of tasty hor dʼoeuvres.

The IMAʼs goal is to raise funds to help with costs involved for the Jazz Ensemble to participate in the Central Coast Jazz Festival and the Reno Jazz Festival, among others, in the coming months.

This night of fun all takes place Saturday, January 19th at the Friendship Auditorium, 3201 Riverside Drive, in Los Feliz. Tickets are available for purchase through any JBHS IMA member or online at www.jbhsima.org.

Burroughs at the Bowl is a Real Crowd Pleaser

While ColdPlay packed The Hollywood Bowl on Friday evening, students were closing out the school year preforming ‘Live At The Burroughs Bowl’.

the John Burroughs High School Instrumental Music Association presented their 4th Annual LIVE! At the Burroughs Bowl concert. The school’s award-winning Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble preformed.

Under the Direction of Tana Barnett, the packed house enjoyed music from TV shows and film.  Some of the popular numbers they preformed were from Jaws, Star Trek and a Pixar Movie Medley.

Preforming 'Live at the Burroughs Bowl' under the direction of Tana Barnett. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)


‘Jazzapoloosa’, A Special Evening of Live Jazz At Burroughs

The sounds of jazz washed over John Burroughs High School on Thursday, April 5 as the JBHS Instrumental Music Association presented its first-ever Jazzapoloosa.

The evening featured the JBHS Jazz Ensemble and local band Attic Empire, which culminated with a performance by Tim Gill and the Tim Gill All-Stars.

The renowned band is not your grandfather’s “big band.”  Their irresistible combination of swinging, vintage groove with hip, and youthful energy puts a 21st century spin on the iconic crooner images of days long gone. Renowned for their slam-bang mashup of old-school groove and grit with new-school flair, they are a band that covers everything from Cole Porter to Ray Charles, to The Beatles.  Tim Gill & Tim Gill All-Stars, are a frequent headliner at venues around the Southland, and enjoy widespread air play on such prominent radio stations as KJAZZ 88.1 FM.

The Jazz band The Attic Empire preforms during the first Jazzapoloosa at Burroughs High School. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A Downbeat award-winning, Los Angeles-based trumpeter, vocalist and composer, Gill’s unique style of writing and playing have been featured with such talented artists as Wayne Bergeron, Nicholas Payton, Brandford Marsalis, Bobby Shew, Gilbert Castellanos and Clark Terry.