Start planning for the 2020 Ballard Jazz Festival now ... we've set our dates: May 27-30, 2020.
Schedule of Events:
Wednesday, May 27: Celebration of the Drum
Thursday, May 28: Guitar Summit
Friday, May 29: The Ballard Jazz Walk
Saturday, May 30: Mainstage Concert
Premieres on August 7 at 9:00am PDT
Download a PDF version of the Ballard Jazz Festival Program (or pick up a copy around Seattle starting May 3rd) and start planning your 2019 Ballard Jazz Festival experience.
See the complete schedule, read artist biographies, discover all the new venues and artists performing at the Ballard Jazz Walk, and read more about our Mainstage Concert headliners! Plus, catch up on all the recent Seattle jazz news.
We've posted the lineup for Saturday's (June 1st) Ballard Jazz Walk. Click here to view the Jazz Walk page which features the listing of bandleaders and musicians.
Tickets to all Ballard Jazz Festival events are now on sale!
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Two-time Grammy Award winning saxophonist Ernie Watts reunites with the iconic Seattle jazz trio New Stories (Marc Seales, Doug Miller and John Bishop) after a 15 year hiatus. A track from this group's album Speakin' Out was included on every single edition of Microsoft's Windows XP making it one of the most distributed jazz tracks of all time!
In partnership with the Nordic Museum, we are proud to present Norwegian guitarist Lage Lund performing with Seattleites Michael Glynn and Matt Jorgensen. Lage Lund is acclaimed not only as one of the finest guitarists of his generation, but also one of the most compelling jazz artists in the world today. A regular in the "Rising star – Guitar" category in the Downbeat Critic's Poll, he has been hailed by Pat Metheny as a favorite young guitarist.
The Mainstage Concert is set to be one of the most memorable shows in the history of the Ballard Jazz Festival.
Don't miss this show ... Festival and Weekend Passes are now on sale.
With new events and new venues, we have two combo tickets which enable you to skip the lines and hear the music!
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We are excited to announce the 2019 Ballard Jazz Festival will run from Wednesday, May 29 - Saturday, June 1, 2019!
We will have artist information and exciting new Jazz Walk information in the coming days. Make sure you Join Our Mailing List to receive updates about artist, tickets, etc.
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.
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.
Click here to read the entire article
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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