2015 marks the 20th anniversary of Jazz at Lincoln Center's annual ESSENTIALLY ELLINGTON High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival. Each year, ESSENTIALLY ELLINGTON brings together some of North America’s most talented high school jazz bands to compete in front of Wynton Marsalis and a panel of esteemed judges.
Watch and listen to Marsalis and others recount the program's story, from its inception to its evolution into one of the most innovative jazz education events in the world.
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Director/Editor: Eric Suquet
Producers: Eric Suquet, Eugenia Han
Director of Photography: William Thomas
Sound Engineer: Aaron Chandler
Production Assistant: Richard Emery
Creative Direction: Casey Walter
Graphics: Jeff Hunt
Webcast Director: James Sapione
Webcast Camera Operators: Hiram Becker, Andrew Trost
Additional footage by: Jason Hutt, Joshua Z. Weinstein, Peter Doddenhoff
Special thanks to Lakecia Benjamin, Aaron Diehl, Carlos Henriquez, Laura Johnson, Wynton Marsalis, Maegan McHugh, Kabir Sehgal, Todd Stoll, and Doug Tidaback