For the fifth year in a row, Fort Lauderdale’s Dillard Center for the Arts jazz ensemble is a finalist in the prestigious Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition in New York, which will culminate in May with a concert and awards ceremony featuring the three top-placing bands and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by Wynton Marsalis. The Dillard players won the competition in 2011 and 2012.
To help pay their way to the Big Apple, the orchestra will hold the Sweet Dillard Jazz Benefit Concert, featuring a performance by the DCA Jazz Band, 4-7 p.m. March 9 at the Dillard Center for the Arts Performing Arts Theatre (2501 NW 11 St., Fort Lauderdale).
For the $10 admission, you get the performance by some remarkable young local musicians and dessert at intermission. Info: Facebook.com/DillardCenterForTheArts.