We are about ready to kick off the 2015 Ballard Jazz Festival. It all begins Wednesday night with Brotherhood of the Drum.
Here are the details:
BROTHERHOOD OF THE DRUM
CONOR BYRNE PUB (this venue is 21+)
5140 Ballard Avenue NW
Will call starts at 7:00pm; the show beings at 8:00pm
Tickets will be available at the door ($15)
8:00pm: Julian MacDonough
9:00pm: Gene Coye
10:00pm: Michael Shrieve
We've made a couple of slight changes to the Ballard Jazz Walk schedule so we have re-posted our Jazz Walk Map for you to plan your Friday night!
And a reminder, tickets are on sale for all event including Friday's Evening Concert (50% sold) and Jazz Walk.
Thirteen is a lucky number for local jazz fans: The 13th annual Ballard Jazz Festival is just around the corner. Hitting on multiple stages from May 6-9, Seattle’s uniquely homegrown jazz fest has developed into an eagerly anticipated annual event that hasn’t lost touch with the intimate and collaborative atmosphere that made it special in the first place. Since its early days as the Ballard Jazz Walk, the reputation and reach of the festival have grown while the vibe has remained welcoming and accessible.
“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.”
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Our friend Jan Molendijk, who this year will be making his third trip from The Netherlands to attend the festival, has created a Spotify playlist featuring his favorite tracks from artists performing at the 2015 Ballard Jazz Festival.
Click here to listen on Spotify, or listen below:
The Seattle Times has previewed the 2015 Ballard Jazz Festival.
Ballard headliners include soulful, Olympia-bred tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, swinging guitarist Peter Bernstein, Portland bassist extraordinaire David Friesen and Origin recording artist Lucas Pino, playing tenor sax with his No Net Nonet.
Though the fall Earshot Jazz Festival has more firepower, Ballard’s little spree has a community flavor that’s hard to beat, the highlight being its Mardi Gras-like “jazz walk” featuring Northwest artists at a bevy of clubs along or near Ballard Avenue Northwest on Friday night, May 8.
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Plan your festival now and make sure you read all the artist bios, find out more about the individual events and check out our sponsors!
The 2015 Ballard Jazz Walk has two new additions.
First, the Friday Night Concert at Nordic Heritage Museum featuring the Peter Bernstein Trio and David Friesen's Circle 3 Trio is a "separate event." By "separate" we mean that it has a specific ticket which is the same cost as the Jazz Walk, and it includes admission to the Jazz Walk after the concert, but since seating is limited we want to make sure everyone who attends the Friday concert has a proper seat.
Secondly, when you download your Ballard Jazz Walk Map and Grid you'll notice that bands performing at New York Fashion Academy and Conor Byrne Pub are alternating sets. This will give more people an opportunity to see all of the bands performing. Make sure and check out the Ballard Jazz Walk Grid to for start and stop times for all of the groups!
And a reminder, tickets are now on sale via our website and you will be charge no service charges. Nada, zip, zinch ... ok, you get the point.
Tickets to all events are now on sale via our website. Click here to start your order.
New this year is our Friday Night Concert at the Nordic Heritage Museum. The concert features the Peter Bernstein Trio and bassist David Freisen's Circle 3 Trio. Your ticket to the Friday Night Concert also includes admission to the Ballard Jazz Walk so after the concert head over to downtown Ballard to catch all of the action!
Currently, tickets are only available online. Tickets to the Ballard Jazz Walk and Mainstage Concert will be available to purchase at Sonic Boom Records starting April 16.
It is that time of year again where we put a call out for volunteers to staff the 2015 Ballard Jazz Festival.
If you love music, love helping out, and want to have a great weekend in May, visit our Ballard Jazz Festival Volunteer page and fill out the form!
The Ballard Jazz Festival is proud to announce that we now have registered status as a 501(c)(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. Click here for more information on becoming involved and pledging your support!
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.
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.
The crew at The Ballard Jazz Festival
Want to know what a Jazz Walk is? Check out this video from 2009:
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.
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.
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.
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.
2140 N. Northgate Way
Seattle, WA, 98133
800-435-0754 (Toll Free)