The Southlake Carroll Jazz Ensemble is one of only fifteen bands in the nation to make it as a finalist in this year's Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival. Carroll Jazz has made it as a finalist four times since 2007, three of which have been under the directorship of David Lown, whose talent for jazz education is seen directly in his student's knowledge, drive, and caliber of playing. We are immensely proud to have David Lown on a regular basis teaching jazz through The Helbing Jazz Initiative masterclasses, which are held at our Plano store the first saturday of every month. But we are even more proud of his students whose talent and hardwork continue to exceed and define the success of the program. Students who, in their free time, seek jazz outside of the classroom.
This past semester we were lucky enough to have some of David Lown's students partake in our new jazz program, The Helbing Jazz Institute. Below is a performance of one of the Southlake groups in the their end of the semester performance at The Kitchen Cafe.