Clarence Acox, musician, mentor and educator, has infused Seattle with the jubilation of jazz for the past forty years. A native of New Orleans, Acox came to Seattle in 1971 to revive Garfield High School’s music program. Garfield Jazz Ensemble is now the most traveled high school band in the country and has taken first place four times at New York’s Essentially Ellington National Jazz Band Competition and Festival, the country’s most prestigious high school jazz competition. Acox co-founded and serves as co-artistic director of the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. He was named educator of the year by Down Beat magazine in 2001. In 2008 Seattle Metropolitan magazine named him one of the 50 most influential musicians in the history of Seattle music.

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