City Plaza - Main Stage
5:15 pm – 6:00 pm
Sponsored by: Sparkling Oh!
The Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble is based in Raleigh under the direction of Dr. Gregg Gelb, and it is one of many ensembles under the umbrella of the Philharmonic Association.
TYJE is for advanced musicians in grades 8 – 12. Membership is by audition in late summer. It meets once a week for rehearsal. The ensemble provides the opportunity for members to study and perform the best of big band jazz in a professional setting.
In 2016 and 2017 TYJE was selected to go to the finals in New York City in the national competition Jazz at Lincoln Center Essentially Ellington Festival and earned second place in 2016 and many of the highest individual awards in 2017. They are the first and only group from North Carolina selected for these honors.
This is the second year in a row for TYJE to be performing at First Night and the group is totally excited to be part of Raleigh’s big New Year’s Eve festival again! Other performances in the 2017 – 2018 season include its annual fall concert at the Cary Arts Center, the North Carolina Regional Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Festival at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in February, and its spring concert at the NC Museum of History.