Today we move from Downtown Ballard to The Nordic Heritage Museum! (3014 NW 67th St, Seattle)
The first seating to the Swedish Pancake Jazz Brunch is sold out. Tickets for the 12:30 seating will be available at the door starting at 12:15pm
There are still tickets available for the Mainstage Concert. Sonic Boom Records (2209 NW Market St.) has some tickets left and we will have a limited number of tickets available at the door starting at 6:30pm
2013 Ballard Jazz Festival T-Shirts have arrived! Pick one up at any show starting tonight, or pre-order one when placing your ticket order.
April is a particularly good month for jazz in Seattle. For one, the time draws near for Ballard's own 11th annual jazz festival. Always short and sweet, this year once again offers up a concentration of the jazz pulse found in the Scandinavian corner of the Emerald City. With four days of music to commence on April 17, the festival sees 15 participating venues, including the Nordic Heritage Museum, an unwavering supporter since day one. Always growing in attendance, the festival is further blossoming into one of the Northwest's most exciting cultural events and local economic stimulators.
Click here to read the entire preview in Earshot Jazz.
from The Seattle Times:
[George] Colligan plays the Ballard Jazz Festival next week, as a leader at several events and as a sideman with [Gary] Bartz ...
The Baltimore-raised pianist plays with sizzling abandon in a driving, polytonal style that owes a lot to Herbie Hancock and McCoy Tyner without slavishly imitating either.
Colligan is an emblematic choice for the Ballard fest, in that he represents the event's hyperlocal-with-a-dash-of-flash values. A teacher as well as a working musician with an international reputation, Colligan is ensconced deeply in the Portland scene and understands that passing the music along to young players is as much a part of the tradition as playing it.
Continue reading at The Seattle Times
In less than two weeks the 2013 Ballard Jazz Festival kicks off with Brotherhood of the Drum at Conor Byrne Pub. Once again we are grateful to have The Drum Exchange on board as a sponsor (check out the 20th annual World Rhythm Festival that they are involved with on April 12-14).
Performing at this year's Brotherhood of the Drum are New York drummer Sylvia Cuenca, Seattle legend Chris Leighton, co-organizer Matt Jorgensen, and Seattle drummer Sean Lane performing solo on his own creation, "The Bike."
Make sure and order your tickets online to save a few dollars. See you at the show!
Tickets for the Ballard Jazz Walk and Mainstage Concert are now available for walk-up/cash purchase at Sonic Boom Records in Ballard. Please note, only tickets for the Ballard Jazz Walk and Mainstage Concert General Admission are available. Tickets for Brotherhood of the Drum, Guitar Summit, Mainstage Reserved/Students and Jazz Brunch can only be purchased in advance online (if you buy online there are no service fees).
You can also buy tickets in person at the show if they don't sell out in advance.
Sonic Boom Records
2209 NW Market St.
Seattle WA 98107
The lineup of artists and venues for the 2013 Ballard Jazz Walk is now online. 21 groups in 12 venues for a single ticket price ... the best deal in jazz!
Highlights include George Colligan Trio, NYC drummer Allison Miller with former Seattleites Julie Wolfe and Rene Hart, trombonist Andy Clausen returning from NYC for a special show, McTuff with Cliff Colon leading the party at Lock & Keel, the return of Matt Jorgensen +451 to Conor Byrne and more!
This year we have added three new venues, Hilliard's Tap Room, Peddler Brewing and The Drawing Room at Volterra, all of which have a greater capacity than some previous venues.
Remember, tickets are discounted online until April 1st ... so buy your tickets now!
Seattle guitarist Danny Godinez, backed up by Joe Doria on organ and Michael Shrieve on drums, has been added to the Guitar Summit lineup for Thursday, April 18.
Also on the bill is New York guitarist Tom Guarna, Portland's John Stowell and Dave Peterson from Seattle.
Make sure and buy your tickets before April 1st for the biggest savings.
Avoid the traffic. Avoid the headaches. Get to Ballard early and eat dinner before the show!
Here are some of Ballard's finest restaurants who are participating in our Ballard Jazz Festival Dining Guide. Call and make your reservation today to have the perfect meal before a perfect evening of music.
Coming from out-of-town to the 2013 Ballard Jazz Festival and want a great place to stay within walking distance? Check out your perfect home-away-from-home, the Sunset Hill Bed and Breakfast.
It is very close to the Nordic Heritage Museum, where the Swedish Pancake Jazz Brunch and Mainstage Concert take place, and a pleasant 15-minute stroll to the heart of the Ballard Jazz Walk.
Rooms are limited so call quick to reserve space for the Ballard Jazz Festival weekend!
Sunset Hill Bed and Breakfast
3054 NW 58th St
Seattle, WA 98107
Phone: (206) 963-3786
New for 2012 ... we've reused old Ballard Jazz Walk banners to create one-of-a-king bike messenger bags and totes. Products will be available at the festival merchandise table as well as Sonic Boom Records.
Jazz has always relied on the commitment of grass-roots activist-musicians. It would be hard to find two more committed souls in that department than drummers Matt Jorgensen and John Bishop who, with their feisty record label, Origin, produce the Ballard Jazz Festival, which opens Wednesday.
Fittingly, one of this year's headliners is an activist-musician himself, the dynamic Philadelphia pianist Orrin Evans. Though Evans is a New York journeyman, he lives in Philly, where he nurtures the scene with such projects as the Captain Black Big Band, a group Down Beat magazine critics recently called a "rising star."
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The 2012 Ballard Jazz Festival T-Shirts are here! When placing your ticket order you can pre-pay for your shirt, or, you can order them right now by clicking "Buy Shirt" below.
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If you plan on making a weekend trip to the 2012 Ballard Jazz Festival, we've got some special deals and helpful guides to make your visit easier.
Hotel Options: This year we've partnered with Hotel Five and The Maxwell Hotel to provide our attendees exclusive rates and free parking! When making your reservation, ask for the Ballard Jazz Festival Rate or use booking code: JAZZ11
As always, if you have any questions, please call (206) 219-3649.
Take a look back at previous festival on our Photo Gallery page.
The Ballard Jazz Festival could not present the great music it does without the incredible support of our local sponsors. Please take a moment to view our sponsors and send some business their way.