News and Updates

Ballard Jazz Festival Founding Member Campaign


The Ballard Jazz Festival is proud to announce that we now have registered status as a 501c(3) Non-Profit through our partnership with Shunpike.

With this status our goal is to build a subscriber base to insure the continued growth of the festival as well as the long-term financial stability of the organization.

Our first fundraising campaign is entitled Ballard Jazz Festival Founding Members. By contributing at the $250 level and above, you will become a Founding Member of the Ballard Jazz Festival and will receive a pair of Festival Passes (granting access to all 2015 Ballard Jazz Festival Events) as a thank you. If you work for a company that matches your donation, your contribution goes even farther.

Click here to make your contribution online.

Dates set for the 2015 Ballard Jazz Festival


We are happy to announce that dates have been set for the 2015 Ballard Jazz Festival. Four days of music in Downtown Ballard will take place Wednesday - Saturday, May 6-9, 2015.

Stay tuned for artist and schedule information. To be the first to know about when tickets will go on sale, click here to signup for the Ballard Jazz Festival Email List.

Thank you!

POSTED: APRIL 21, 2014

The 2014 Ballard Jazz Festival is in the books!

Thank you all of our attendees, volunteers, performers and friends who made this year an amazing experience.

Mark your calendars now for the third weekend in April for the 2015 Ballard Jazz Festival.

The crew at The Ballard Jazz Festival

Seattle Weekly advances the Ballard Jazz Festival

POSTED: APRIL 16, 2014

From The Seattle Weekly:

April in Seattle can mean only a few things: a few teasingly beautiful days of clear blue sky; the hope that accompanies the Mariners opening day; and of course the annual Ballard Jazz Festival. Celebrating its 12th year, the festival has come into its own as both a destination for jazz aficionados and as a yearly gathering for some of Seattle’s best and brightest musicians.

... By embracing the new and the weird, the festival in Ballard is positioning itself as a can’t-miss event for fans of all music and a vital bridge to the future vitality of jazz itself.

Read the entire story at The Seattle Weekly.

Festival starts tonight!

POSTED: APRIL 16, 2014

The 12th edition of the Ballard Jazz Festival kicks off tonight with Brotherhood of the Drum.

8:00pm: Ted Poor's Triggerfish
9:00pm: Dana Hall
10:00pm: Cavity Fang

Advance ticket discounts for Thursday's Guitar Summit are still available until midnight tonight. Click here to buy tickets!

8:00pm: Gregg Belisle-Chi
9:00pm: Mimi Fox
10:00pm: Corey Christiansen

Pre-Concert Photo Exhibit

POSTED: APRIL 11, 2014

photo-exhibitBesides what we know will be incredibly inspiring shows from Sonny Fortune and Chano Dominguez, April 19th's evening concert also features a little wine sipping and photo gazing at works from the lens of Rochester, NY's Tom Marcello. Taken in NYC during the late '70s, they document an amazing scene and time. Enlarged and printed on canvas, we'll also have them for sale with proceeds benefiting Seattle JazzEd. Show up early and bring a credit card!

About the photo: Saxophonist George Adams taken in New York City on July 5, 1976 at the 52nd Street Jazz Fair.

Correction about the Jazz Walk


We would like to correct a previous statement that there are 16 groups performing at The Ballard Jazz Walk. We now have to update that number to 22 groups! 22 groups in 11 venues all for a single ticket price ... how can you beat that!

We suggest you buy your tickets in advance and start planning your Ballard Jazz Walk evening.

In addition to our Festival Program, we now have our Ballard Jazz Walk Map online with a handy grid to help you plan your evening.

Want to know what a Jazz Walk is? Check out this video from 2009:

Two weeks until the festival starts!


shirtWe are counting down to the 2014 Ballard Jazz Festival which kicks off on Wednesday, April 16.

Can't decide what to see? Get a Festival Pass and see all of the events! Click here to start your ticket order.

You can also start planning your festival experience by reading through our 2014 Festival Program. If you are out-and-about in Seattle, pick up a copy at your favorite coffee shop or record store.

Seattle Channel previews the 2014 Ballard Jazz Festival

POSTED: MARCH 22, 2014

Ballard Jazz Festival co-founder Matt Jorgensen was a guest on The Seattle Channel's ArtZone with Nancy Guppy. Check out the interview and performance.

Seattle Times: Ballard Jazz Festival spotlights Sonny Fortune

POSTED: MARCH 13, 2014

From The Seattle Times

The Ballard Jazz Festival, Seattle’s most convivial and inviting jazz event, has announced that the great saxophonist Sonny Fortune will headline this year. The festival runs Wednesday-Saturday, April 16-19.

Fortune, 74, is best known for his work with McCoy Tyner and Miles Davis in the ’70s, but has produced a highly-respected portfolio of albums as a leader, including “Four in One.” An added bonus for Seattle: sizzling, Portland-based pianist George Colligan will be at the keyboard.

Also on the bill at Ballard, and possibly even more exciting, is Spanish "flamenco jazz" pianist Chano Dominguez, who translates that guitar- and vocal-based music to piano in an original and compelling way.

Continue reading at The Seattle Times.

Love the guitar? Check out who is playing at The Guitar Summit!

POSTED: MARCH 10, 2014

This year we feature guitarists Corey Christiansen, Mimi Fox and Gregg Belisle-Chi leading groups on night 2 of the Ballard Jazz Festival.

Check out the Guitar Summit page for biographies, who they are playing with and more!

Sonny Fortune and Chano Dominguez headline the Ballard Jazz Festival


headlinersThe Ballard Jazz Festival is pleased to announce that legendary saxophonist Sonny Fortune will headline our Mainstage Concert at The Nordic Heritage Museum on Saturday, April 19, at 7:30pm.

Fortune will be joined by pianist George Colligan, bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer John Bishop.

Opening the concert is the great Spanish pianist Chano Dominguez performing duo with vibraphonist Marina Albero.

Tickets are now on sale for the show with special discounts if purchased before April 1st!

Welcome to the 12th Annual Ballard Jazz Festival!

Hard to believe it's been 12 years, but there you go. As usual, it's all about the incredible Ballard community and the world-class talent that lives in the Northwest, but there will be many more little surprises coming up as we prepare for this banner year of the Festival.

This year the Ballard Jazz Festival runs April 16-19. Keep up with developments by signing the mailing list, checking back here often, and by becoming a dear, dear friend on our Facebook page! Check the SCHEDULE link to plan your weekend, BUY TICKETS early and often, and share your great taste in music and entertainment with your friends by inviting them along... See you at the festival!

Where to dine in Ballard

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.

5425 Russell Ave NW {map it}
Phone:(206) 784-7272

5309 22nd Ave NW {map it}
Phone: (206) 783-2668

5410 Ballard Ave NW {map it}
(206) 783-5410

5205 Ballard Ave NW {map it}
Phone: (206) 783-2007

shirtGet your Ballard Jazz Festival T-Shirts

Ballard Jazz Festival T-Shirts are always a popular item. Make sure and get your own shirt at the 2014 festival ... leftover 2013 shirts will be discounted and get your 2014 edition before they sell out!

This year we will again be offering pre-sales of 2014 t-shirts when you place your ticket order.

Press from 2013 …


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.

george-colliganSEATTLE TIMES: Jazz is busting out all over Ballard

[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

Ballard Jazz Festival Bags!

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.

Seattle Times: Ballard Jazz Festival 2012 showcases regional, national talent

seattle-timesJazz 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."

Click here to read the entire article.

Ballard Jazz Festival featured on Nancy Guppy's Weekend Zone

Fast forward to 1:50 in the segment.

View Photos

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

Thank You To Our Sponsors

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.



Ballard Jazz Festival Program Download the 2014 Ballard Jazz Festival Program
(PDF File)

Included are artist biographies, schedule information, the latest in Seattle jazz news and more!


2014 Jazz Walk Map Plan your Ballard Jazz Walk evening with our 2014 Jazz Walk Map.

Click here to download a Jazz Walk Map (PDF file)




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