When jazz rocks
Director Keith Kuczynski said the Essentially Ellington competition features about two dozen high school jazz ensembles in open-class competition. The second portion of Wednesday’s show featured the WSCC Jazz Ensemble directed by Ted Malt, which performed five songs. The “Plunger Mute Syndrome” featured a variety of soloists using mutes and plunger mutes, including trumpeter LJ Lindsay. The high-energy set concluded with a Brian Setzer Orchestra arrangement of “Rock This Town.” Malt praised the work of the band and said a lot of good arts and education is happening at West Shore. This season’s final three shows includ the WSCC Wind Symphony and Percussion Ensemble on April 17 at Manistee High School, the WSCC Concert Choir on April 23 at Center Stage Theater and the Gold Coast Chorale on May 13 at Center Stage Theater.