Music Works Jazz Orchestra

Could jazz bands be the next glee clubs? Could classically-trained teenage guitarists, horn players, and percussionists soon have a primetime show that depicts the drama of their daily struggles learning Duke Ellington's hits? It's hard to predict, but there's no doubt that the Music Works Jazz Orchestra has the chops and the compelling backstory to make it big. Music Works NW is a Bellevue-based non-profit school that offers music classes to students of any age and ability, and their eponymous Jazz Orchestra embodies this same eclectic, collaborative spirit. There's mix of older and younger musicians in the group, and founder Paul Harshman is also the band director at Shorewood High School. With Lynnwood High School Jazz Bands. PAIGE RICHMOND

Mon., May 24, 7:30 p.m., 2010

 
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