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Kudos to Booker T. Washington HS Student Michael Mitchell

by Anne Bothwell 23 Mar 2012 12:17 PM

The drummer’s touring in a combo of the country’s best high school jazz performers.


Booker T. Washington Jazz Combo I: Ben Hickson, Grayson Schweers, Alex Silver, Matthew Babineau, Michael Mitchell. Photo courtesy Levenson & Brinker Public Relations

Ah, I love an opportunity to make things right. Last week, I posted about D’JAM, the area celebration of jazz that will take place all month long in April. I included a shot of  the Booker T. Washington Jazz Combo  playing at the press conference announcing D’JAM.   And that shot inadvertently cut out drummer Michael Mitchell. (Crackerjack photo skills have I.)

But now there’s  an excuse to post this better photo of the Booker T Jazz Combo from last week, including Michael.

Comes news that Michael  is currently touring with the National Thelonious Monk All Star Magnet Jazz Combo.  The combo includes five of the best jazz musicians from magnet school jazz programs across the country.  Highlights of the tour include performing with Christian McBride and recording an album, says his teacher, Bart Marantz.  He’ll be back in time to head out with his Booker T bandmates above for the national finals at Monterey Jazz Festival next weekend.

Congrats Michael, and best of luck to the Combo. And here’s a list of D’JAM events to look forward to in April.