The East St. Louis High School Jazz Band (pictured) is preparing to head to New York later this month as one of only 15 high school jazz ensembles from across the USA taking part in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington competition and festival.
The Essentially Ellington events will be held May 12-14 in New York City, but before they go, the ESL band will tune up in a performance with special guests Mardra and Reggie Thomas at 8:30 p.m. this Thursday, May 5 at Jazz at the Bistro.
Proceeds from the gig will go to Jazz St. Louis' Adopt-A-School program, which supports music instruction at East St. Louis HS and other area schools. (Expenses for the band's trip to NYC already have been covered through a separate fundraising effort.) Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and can be purchased via Metrotix or by calling the Jazz St. Louis offices at 314-289-4030.