The members of the Website Team represent several hundred alumni of The New Trier West High School Recording Jazz Ensemble, Soundtraks and Jaztrak.
This website has been developed to tell the story of the creation and evolution of the Jazz Program, at New Trier West, whose history has been all but forgotten during the years following the merger of the two New Trier high schools.

Through their own words, pictures, and sounds, the student musicians trace the 16-year history of a mature program of jazz education that not only produced an unusually large number of active and renowned alumni, who have pursued careers in music and other related areas of the entertainment industry, but have also served as the inspiration and model for jazz programs and educators throughout the country.

Alumni of The New Trier West Recording Jazz Ensemble Program have had a profound effect upon the musical landscape throughout the world. They have performed on stage, in concert, recorded with, toured with, composed motion picture soundtracks, written/performed commercials, taught at, written and/or arranged for, produced recordings, or otherwise appeared, with the following people, groups and/or enterprises:

42nd Street
A Beautiful Mind
A River Runs Through It
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Adam Nussbaum
Adam Rudolph
Al Di Meola
Al Foster
Al Vizzuti
Alan Silvestri
Ali Akbar Khan College of Music
Alvin Youngblood Hart
Ambrosia the 20th Century Players
American Dad
Andrea Bocelli
Angela Bofill
Anthology – Howard Berkson
Antonio Hart
Antwone Fisher
Aretha Franklin
Arnie Lawrence
Art Blakey Big Band
Barbara Eden
Barbra Streisand
Barry Ashtule
Barry Manilow
Bee Gees
Ben Powers
Ben Vereen
Ben Wolfe
Benny Golson
Benny Goodman
Bern Nix
Bernard “Pretty” Purdie
Bert Convy
Bette Midler
Betty Carter
Big Twist and the Mellow Fellows
Bill Frisell
Bill Goodwin
Bill Kreutzmann
Bill Russo
Bill Withers
Billy Carrion
Billy Drummond
Bob Crosby
Bob Everly
Bob Florence
Bob Hope
Bob Marsh
Bob Weir
Bobby Hutcherson
Bobby Rosengarden
Bobby Shew
Bobby Vinton
Branford Marsalis
Brecker Brothers
Buddy Rich
Burt Bacharach
Cameron Brown
Camile Baudoin
Carly Simon
Carmen MacRae
Cat Anderson
Catch Me If You Can
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Charles Earland
Charles Mingus
Charles Neville
Chicago Jazz Philharmonic
Chicago Lyric Opera
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Chicago Ballet Orchestra
Chicago Opera Theater
Chick Corea
Chico O’Farrill’s Afro-Cuban Big Band
Chorus Line
Christian Scott
Chuck Loeb
City Slickers
Clark Terry
Clifford Jordan
Craig Garfinkle
Dakota Staton
Daniel Sadownick
Danny Elfman
Dark Star Orchestra
Dave Douglas
Dave Liebman
Dave Malone
Dave Mason
David Brenner
David Grisman
David Johanssen,
David Newman
David Sanborn
David Schumacher
Dean Martin
Deborah Brown
Dennis Charles
Dennis DeYoung
Derek Trucks
Diahann Carroll
Diana Krall
Diana Ross
Dionne Warwick
Dizzy Gillespie
Doc Cheatham
Doc Severinson
Don Rickles
Donald Harrison
Donna Jean Godchaux
Donna Summer
Earl Klugh
Eddie Barefield
Eddie Fisher
Eddie Gladden
Eddie Harris
Eight Below
Eliot Zigmund
Ella Fitzgerald
Elmer Bernstein
Emil Richards
Englebert Humperdinck
Eric Clapton
Eric Hochberg
Eric Hochberg Quartet
Eric Krasno
Eydie Gorme
Ezra Gale
Fat Doggie and Zambomba
Festival Orchestra at Symphony Hall in Chicago
Frank Gorshin
Frank Morgan
Frank Sinatra
Frank Tiberi
Frankie Avalon
Fred Staehle
Freddie Hubbard
Gary Burton
George Burns
George Gobel

George Porter Jr.
Gloria Gaynor
Go: Organic Orchestra
Greg Marsh
Gregory Alper
Harold Ashby
Harper Brothers
Harrell Octet
Harry Connick Jr.
Harvey Mandel
Helen O’Connell
Helen Reddy
Henny Youngman
Henry Mancini
Herbie Hancock
Herwig Gradischnig (Vienna Saxophonist)
Hiram Bullock
Howard Johnson’s Beartones
Ian Anderson
Ian Hunter
Il Divo
Illinois Jacquet
Isaac Hayes
Isidro Perez
Jack Castillo
Jack McDuff
Jack Wilkins
Jackie Allen
Jaco Pastorius
Jaki Byard and the Apollo Stompers
James Abbuhl
James Genus
James Horner
James Moody
James Newton Howard
Jason Lindner
Jay Anderson
Jay Leno
Jeannie Bryson
Jeff “Skunk” Baxter
Jeff Beck
Jeremy Pelt
Jerry Goldsmith
Jerry Jumonville
Jerry Vale
Jethro Tull
Jim Baily
Jim Belushi
Jim Keltner
Jim McNeely
Jim Santi Owen
Jimmy Cobb
Jimmy Cobb’s Mobb
Jimmy Heath
Joan Osborne
Joaquin Lievano
Joe Lovano
Joe Lovano’s 52nd Street Themes Nonet
Joe Porcaro
Joe Williams
Joel Gray
Joey DeFrancesco
John Adams
John Cage
John Entwistle
John Heard
John Lee Hooker
John Molo
John Pizzarelli
John Popper
John Scofield
John Williams
Johnny Carson
Johnny Mathis
Johnny Nitro
Johnny Ray
Johnny Winter
Jon Anderson
Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Julie Andrews
Junior Cook
Karl Denson
Katchie & Le Monde Caché and the Primetime Jazz Orchestra
Katchie Cartwright
Keiji Matsushima (Tokyo Trumpeter)
Kenny Garrett
Kevin Mahogany
Larry Braggs
Larry Bunker
Larry Carlton
Larry Coryell
Larry Novak
Lars And The Real Girl
Laverne Butler
Lee Ritehour
Leland Sklar
Lenny White
Leo Nocentelli
Les Claypool
Lin Halliday
Lionel Hampton
Little Jimmy Scott
Liza Minnelli
Lonnie Brooks
Lorna Luft
Lou Harrison
Louis Bellson
Luther Tucker
Lynda Carter
M. J. Jiaras
Manhattan Transfer
Marc Gross
Marc Shaiman
Margret Whiting
Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. (5th Dimension)
Mark Colby
Mark Egan
Mark Holen
Mark Isham
Mark Jiaras
Marshall Brown
Marty Allen
Marvin Gaye
Marvin Hamlisch
Marvin Stamm
Mary Poppins
Maureen McGovern
Max Weinberg
McCoy Tyner
Meannie Bryson
Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra
Ramsey Lewis
Mel Powell
Mel Torme
Mellow Fellows
Melvin Seals
Michael Brecker
Michel LeGrand
Mick Ronson
Mickey Hart
Mike Bloomfield
Mike Clark
Mike Karn
Mike Smith
Mike Stern
Milton Babbitt
Minority Report
Mitch Stein
Mitzi Gaynor

Man of LaMancha
Morton Feldman
Murder She Wrote
Murphy Brown
Mychael Danna
Nancy Wilson
Narada Michael Walden
Nat Adderly
Nat Adderly Quintet
Natalie Cole
Nathan East
Nathan Lane
Neil Diamond
Neil Young
New York Mary
Nicholas Payton’s Louis Armstrong Tribute Big Band
Norton Buffalo
Otis Rush
Papa John Creach
Papa Mali
Pat Martino
Pat Metheny
Patricia Barber
Paul Clemens
Paul Jeffrey Octet
Paul McCandless
Peggy Lee
Perry Como
Pete Barbutti
Peter Albin
Peter Bernstein
Peter Cetera
Peter Erskine
Peter Rowan
Phil Lesh
Phil Woods
Pirates of Penzance
Premonition Records
Princess Cruises show band
Ramsey Lewis
Randy Brecker
Randy Newman
Randy Tico
Ray Anderson
Ray Charles
Red Buttons
Red Foxx
Red Skelton
Reggie Scanlan
Rich Little
Richard Harris
Richard Oppenheim
Richie Cole
Rick Vines
Rob Bargad
Rob Wasserman
Robert Goulet
Robert Walter’s 20th Congress
Rosemary Clooney
Roy Hargrove
Rufus Reed
Sammy Davis Jr.
Santa Barbara City College Jazz Band
Scott Page
Scott Rosenthal
Scott Whitfield
Seals & Crofts
Seth MacFarlane
Shay Jones
Shecky Greene
Shelley Hirsch
Small World
Snooky Young
Sonny & Cher
Sonny Fortune
South Pacific
Stanley Clarke
Stanley Jordan
Star Search
Stephanie Mills
Steve Carlton
Steve Eisen
Steve Forbert
Steve Kujala
Steve Rodby
Susan Anton
Suzanne Summers
Sylwester Ostrowski
T.S. Monk
Terence Blanchard
Terry Callier
Tex Benecke
Thad Jones Mel Lewis
The Brecker Brothers
The Dave Mathews Big Band
The Eric Hochberg Trio
The Family Guy
The Four Tops
The Gerry Mulligan Big Band
The Gil Evans Big Band
The Goldiggers
The Greyboy Allstars
The Harmonicats
The Headhunters
The Honeybears
The King William Jazz Collective
The Lincoln Jazz Center Orchestra
The Mills Brothers
The New American
The O’Jays
The Paul Wertico Trio
The Peter Ballin Band
The Peter Ballin Technology Ensemble.
the Pointer Sisters
The Pursuit of Happyness
The Rattlers
The Repercussion Unit
The Roar of the Greasepaint
The Rob Parton Quartet
The Rockettes
The Royal Tenenbaums
The Shubert Theater Broadway show Cats
The Simpsons
The Star Trek series
The Temptations
The Wave Moves
The Wiz
Third Coast Percussion
Tom Harrell
Tom Harrell Big Band
Tom Jones
Tony Bennett
Tony Williams
Tootie Heath
Toy Story 2
Tsutomu Nakai
Victor Borge
Vincent Herring
Von and Chico Freeman
Walter Booker
Wayne Newton
Wendell Brunious
What Women Want
Will Lee
Woody Herman
World Thing
Wynton Marsalis
Zadonu Drumming Ensemble