News and Updates

Join the fun! Volunteer at the Ballard Jazz Festival

POSTED: APRIL 24, 2018

We still need a few more volunteers for the 2018 Ballard Jazz Festival. Specifically, help with the Afternoon Jazz Picnic and Ballard Jazz Walk on Saturday, May 19.

Click here to signup and we'll contact you shortly.

See you at the festival!

2018 Festival Passes Now On Sale!

POSTED: MARCH 29, 2018

With new events and new venues, we have two combo tickets which enable you to skip the lines and hear the music!

BUY A FESTIVAL PASS

  • Reserved Seating in the first five rows of our Friday night Mainstage Concert
  • Access to all five events over four days
  • Pick up your lanyard on Wednesday night and bypass ticket lines for the remainder of the festival
  • An amazing four days of music!

BUY A WEEKEND PASS

  • Access to Friday's Mainstage Concert; Saturday's Afternoon Jazz Picnic and Ballard Jazz Walk
  • Priority Seating at Friday's Mainstage Concert (not reserved but a dedicated seating section for Weekend Pass holders)
  • Pick up your lanyard on Friday night and bypass ticket lines for the remainder of the festival
  • An amazing weekend of music!

Click here to start your ticket order!

2018 Ballard Jazz Festival: May 16-19, 2018

POSTED: FEBRUARY 27, 2018

Dates have been set for the 2018 Ballard Jazz Festival ... we look forward to seeing everyone in downtown Ballard May 16-19th!

There are a couple of exciting changes this year. The Mainstage Concert will be on Friday, May 18, and we are moving to the brand-new Nordic Museum on Market Street. This beautiful facility gives us added capacity to our always popular concert.

The Ballard Jazz Walk is moving to Saturday, May 19 and will start earlier in the afternoon. Look for more details coming soon.

Want to know what a Jazz Walk is? Check out this video:

Ballard Jazz Festival Preview: A Seattle Rite Of Spring

POSTED: APRIL 1, 2017

From All About Jazz:

Spanning four days in the historic Ballard neighborhood, the festival has maintained its community feel throughout it's history, this year celebrating its 15th edition. Each year, the festival attracts national and international talent surrounded by the best of the Seattle jazz scene. "I want to make sure it's a local festival, so it sounds like Seattle," says festival organizer and Seattle jazz impresario John Bishop, "It will be a celebration of that." Each year, rather than simply bring in marquee talent from around the country, national talent is paired with northwest musicians, creating a great opportunity for musicians and fans alike to mingle. This is rooted in the awareness of what makes a jazz scene vital, whether at the festival, or in clubs throughout the year, that "the hang" is essential, and creates a vibe that is compelling and welcoming. Promoted and staged by Origin Records, the Seattle jazz label operated by drummers Bishop and Matt Jorgensen, this year's event also celebrates the 20th anniversary of the highly regarded label.

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Photos from the 2016 Ballard Jazz Festival

POSTED: SEPT 20, 2016

Forecast: warm weather, sizzling sounds at Ballard Jazz Festival

POSTED: MAY 10, 2016

From the Seattle Times:

It must be spring, because the Ballard Jazz Festival is upon us. What better way to celebrate these warm, sunny days — hopefully, more are on the way — than by taking the Ballard Jazz Walk next Friday, May 13?

With a French Quarter New Orleans vibe, the Jazz Walk offers 23 Northwest jazz acts in 10 venues, all in one night, attracting enthusiastic fans who crowd the sidewalks, trading tips and on-the-spot reviews.

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JAN MOLENDIJK'S 2016 BALLARD JAZZ FESTIVAL PLAYLIST

POSTED: APRIL 27, 2016

Jan Molendijk (how has traveled from The Netherlands to Seattle to attend the festival three times!) has created his annual Ballard Jazz Festival Spotify Playlist:

BALLARD JAZZ FESTIVAL ALL-STARS LIVE ON KPLU 88.5FM

POSTED: APRIL 25, 2016

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: TRI STAR REALTY TEAM

POSTED: APRIL 4, 2016

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Back in 2003, as we were getting ready to present the very first Ballard Jazz Festival, our first committed sponsor was the real estate team of Chuck Cady and Ann Nordling. They have been with us every year since and have helped co-Artistic Director Matt Jorgensen buy a home twice. As a jazz baritone saxophonist herself, Ann Nordling is committed to the Seattle jazz community.

Chuck Cady and Ann Nordling and have now merged with Deborah Arends & Associates. The combined companies will conduct business together under the name of the TRI STAR Team. Check them out for all of your real estate needs!

Ballard Jazz Festival Bags!

New for 2012 ... we've reused old Ballard Jazz Walk banners to create one-of-a-kind bike messenger bags and totes. Products will be available at the festival merchandise table as well as Sonic Boom Records.



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Take a look back at previous festival on our Photo Gallery page.

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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.

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