News and Updates

Welcome to our new Jazz Walk Sponsor!


The Ballard Jazz Festival welcomes Verity Credit Union as our presenting sponsor for the Ballard Jazz Walk on Friday, May 13.

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 2016 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!

Dates set for 2016


The Ballard Jazz Festival is excited to announce that we have set dates for the 2016 edition of the festival. Join us in downtown Ballard May 11-14, 2016, for four amazing days of music.

More information about artist, tickets and schedule will be announced soon.

If you become a Member of the Ballard Jazz Festival you can guarantee your spot at the festival (and in the front row!). Click here for more information about Supporting the Ballard Jazz Festival.

Thank you for a great 2015 Festival!


Eric Alexander at the Ballard Jazz Festival

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2015 Ballard Jazz Festival. Once again all the concerts and venues were overflowing with great music and wonderful attendees. Thank you to all our sponsors, attendees and performers.

Dates for the 2016 will be announced in the coming months.

Earshot Jazz previews The Ballard Jazz Festival

POSTED: MAY 2, 2015

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.”

Click here to read the entire article.

Take a listen ...

POSTED: APRIL 30, 2015

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:

Ballard Jazz Festival previewed in The Seattle Times

POSTED: APRIL 30, 2015

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.

Click here to read the full article.

Ballard Jazz Festival Founding Member Campaign


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!

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

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.

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.





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