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Bothell & Mercer HS
Due to the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) this show has been canceled.
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Mon, May 4, 2020




$26.00 ($6 Handling Fee Included) All purchases are nonrefundable/nonexchangeable.

Tickets may be purchased on-line or by phone.
Night of show seating typically available.


Vouchers, promotional certificates, donated gift certificates, student/military discounts, senior discounts, children under 12 free discounts and 2 for 1 cards are not applicable for this show.


Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley presents the Bothell and Mercer Island High School Jazz Bands with special guest trombonist Luis Bonilla. Doors open at 6:00pm and the show starts at 7:00pm.

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The Mercer Island Jazz, and our community are proud of the growth and success that our jazz program has enjoyed. Comprised of 3 high school jazz bands, several combos and 2 middle school jazz bands, this program provides a wonderful opportunity for our students’ success in jazz. Our Jazz Band 1 is a frequent qualifier for finals competitions in regional jazz festivals, highlighted by being Sweepstakes winners at the 2016 and 2017 Mead Jazz Festival. In recent years, the band has performed with Terell Stafford, Dick Oatts, Wycliffe Gordon, the late Bill Watrous, Elliot Mason and Sean Jones. We are incredibly excited about the opportunity this spring to play with the great, Grammy Award nominated saxophonist Tia Fuller.

Mercer Island is very proud of its exceptional band program, known in our community as “The Pride of the Island”. The Marching Band is a four-time participant in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade, including this year’s parade. The program places equal emphasis on Concert Band, Jazz, Chamber playing as well as Marching Band.This program has gained regional, national and international notoriety for success in all of these mediums. The bands have performed in England, Australia and China.

If ever an artist could be called an octopus, multi Grammy winner Luis Bonilla is it. The California raised, Costa Rican trombonist, composer and arranger has sought out, taken in and mastered an incredible array of musical styles. His success as a performer with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, McCoy Tyner, Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Bowie, Phil Collins, The Skatalites, Tom Harrell, Freddie Hubbard, Bebo Valdez, Alejandro Sanz, Dave Douglas, Astrud Gilberto and Willie Colon attests not only to the skill and variety of Bonilla’s talent, but also to a mind restlessly committed to exploring some of the most complex and demanding music of our time. Critics have praised his six releases as a solo artist. Mr. Bonilla’s dominating ability to give voice to radically different musical sensibilities with an ease and seamlessness belies the rigor and sophistication of the music. Bonilla has an intuitive sense in how to bring out the best in those working with him. Based in New York City for nearly three decades, Luis continues being one of the most sought after international educators and performers of his generation.

“As for his resounding identity as a trombonist, it’s not enough to say his sound is personal”. - Nat Henoff

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