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Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble performing

City Plaza Main Stage and First Baptist Church

5:20 pm City Plaza Main Stage – Early Countdown
7:00 pm & 9:00 pm First Baptist Church (Salisbury) – Fellowship Hall

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The Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble (TYJE) was established in 2005 under the auspices of the non-profit Philharmonic Association; they were Awarded the Raleigh Medal of Arts in 2012 for extraordinary contribution to the arts. The TYJE is based in Raleigh and is open to advanced middle and high school musicians, selected by annual audition in August.

Under the direction of Dr. Gregg Gelb since 2010, TYJE members develop the skills to perform a wide range of jazz compositions in a professional setting and are given a variety of performance opportunities.

The current students come from sixteen different schools and many have no other opportunity to play in a jazz big band. They rehearse once a week for an hour and a half. TYJE has earned the Outstanding Community Band Award five years in a row since 2012 at The Carolina Jazz Festival, North Carolina Regional “Essentially Ellington” High School Jazz Festival at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This year, TYJE was the silver medalist in New York City in the National competition Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) Essentially Ellington Festival. They are the first and only group from North Carolina ever selected for this honor. For more info please see

This year the TYJE Ensemble has performed for the the Raleigh medal of Arts Ceremony at the Fletcher Theatre, for the NC Music Educators Conference in Winston-Salem with guest soloist Jeff Coffin, and for its annual fall concert at the Cary Arts Center.

On Dec. 31st TYJE will participate in a New Year’s Eve Concert for First Night Raleigh. TYJE plays first set at 5:20pm City Plaza Main Stage – Early Countdown.

At 7:00 & 9:00 pm they will take part in the BeBop, Blues & All that Jazz show at the First Baptist Church (Salisbury St.) – Fellowship Hall. At 8pm and 10pm sets will feature small combo jazz with Peter Ingram, Ray Codrington, Kathy and Gregg Gelb, Emler Gibson, and TYJE Graduate Phillip Norris on bass. Phillip won the top soloist award at last year’s JALC EE Competition and is now a student at Julliard Conservatory of Music in NYC.

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