Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Jazz Singers
Photo ©Craig Lovell
Top High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble from the 2013 Next Generation Jazz Festival Presented by Monterey Jazz Festival
The Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Jazz Singers are from Dallas, Texas and are directed by Kent Ellingson. With a long award-winning history, in 2013, the BTW Jazz Singers were recently featured at the Dallas Sammons Center for the Arts Jazz Series. In 2012, the group was a 2012 DownBeat Student Music Awards recipient in the Vocal Jazz Group category.
Notable alumni of the school include Norah Jones, Erika Badu, and Roy Hargrove. The student musicians and groups at Booker T. Washington have won over 200 DownBeat Student awards, and last performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 2002.