Jazz Night School's
Hal Sherman Big Band
Jazz Night School is honored to present this exciting big band experience with Northwest jazz VIP Hal Sherman!
Hal Sherman is a founding father of Puget Sound's tradition of excellence in high-school jazz bands and has been acknowledged as one of the worlds finest jazz educators. Hal Sherman has the distinction of being the first educator to receive the Charlie "Bird" Parker Foundation Award for Excellence. He shares that award with such great musicians as Quincy Jones, Stan Kenton, and Count Basie. He is also the recipient of the first National Band Association's Outstanding Jazz Educator Award.
Hal is best recognized for his knowledge of jazz literature—his library is second to none. Sherman favors bright, splashy, swinging, highly-punctuated jazz with roots in late Count Basie, Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson and the Kenny Clark-Francy Boland Band.
Hal's significant impact in the field of jazz education has earned him the title "Dr. Jazz." Hal began his career in 1959 with a junior high band in the Highline School District and then went on to create the well-recognized music program at Kent Meridian High School, Kent School District. There he gained national and international recognition for his jazz program while maintaining a symphonic program second to none. Having won the most coveted awards at festivals, Hal's program became more performance oriented. In his effort to motivate and educate his students he hosted the "Kent Meridian Northwest Jazz Festival" at the Seattle Opera House, which sustained sold out crowds for the duration of his 20 years at Kent Meridian. Dr. Jazz and his K-M groups were in demand for performances at major jazz festivals and educational conferences from Canada to Europe.
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Hal also directed jazz bands at Green River Community College and then University of Puget Sound for seven years. After officially "retiring" in 1996, Hal started at Bellevue Community College (now Bellevue College) where he led outstanding bands and produced The Bellevue College Jazz Band Festival for many years. He has been an adjunct instructor and lecturer at various universities and conferences throughout the country. Hal served on the staff of the famous Stan Kenton Summer Workshops and served as the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Summer Fine Arts Camp. His groups have backed many excellent professional musicians during his tenure, including Clark Terry, Dianne Reeves, Bobby Shew, Bill Watrous, Don Menza, Louie Bellson, Dick Oates, Jim Snidero, Randy Brecker, Conrad Herwig and others.
Members of the Hal Sherman Big Band are professional musicians and advanced learners—many are former students of Hal's decades of big bands.
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