One of the most important events in the country for high school jazz bands takes place every spring at Lincoln Center. The Essentially Ellington competition features 15 finalist bands, chosen from over 80 entries across the country. This year the coveted title went to the Portland-based Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra. The band dedicated their winning performance to their ailing director, trumpeter Thara Memory.
Memory and the band came to OPB’s studios for both a performance and an interview with Think Out Loud host Dave Miller.
The band will be appearing at the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival on July 4, and the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival on July 19.