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.
Some previews of the 2017 Ballard Jazz Festival have been appearing in the press.
SEATTLE TIMES: "It's a family" affair at Ballard Jazz Festival
Celebrating its 15th year, Ballard Jazz Festival 2017 (Wednesday-Saturday, May 17-20) will feature a concert from two-time Grammy-nominated saxophonist Chico Freeman, as well as Seattle's jazz heavyweights and new talent.
"The festival is like a family at this point. Some people argue that every year they see Thomas Marriott or Greta Matassa or Gail Pettis, but by the same token — it's our community. It's the Seattle and Northwest regional jazz scene," said Matt Jorgensen, artistic director of Ballard Jazz Festival.
AXS: Ballard Jazz Fest stacks best local and international talent in one neighborhood
The Ballard Jazz Festival May 17-20 is popular for a reason. Every year, organizers make sure to shine a spotlight on local heroes and give them a chance to roll with the international big guns who visit from time to time.
This year, the four-day festival welcomes two-time Grammy®-nominated, New York City-based tenor saxophonist Chico Freeman (son of legendary Chicago NEA Jazz Master, the late Von Freeman) as a headliner on the Main Stage of the Nordic Heritage Museum in the quaint Seattle community of Ballard at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday (all ages).
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.
Verity Credit Union is about serving the communities their members live, work and play in. They also have strong ties to the Seattle music community so we are looking forward to working with them to make the 2017 Ballard Jazz Walk our biggest and best yet!
Visit the Ballard branch of Verity Credit Union at 5711 24th Ave NW or call (206) 641-2877
Check back for more sponsor profiles in the coming weeks!
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 (how has traveled from The Netherlands to Seattle to attend the festival three times!) has created his annual Ballard Jazz Festival Spotify Playlist:
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!
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.
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.
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