The 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!
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!
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Online sales: Tickets for the 2014 Ballard Jazz Festival will go onsale via this website starting March 1st.
Physical sales: Tickets to The Ballard Jazz Walk and Mainstage Concert will be available for in-person purchase at Sonic Boom Records starting April 1st. Please note, these tickets will be sold at full face-value (online presale discounts will not apply).
Day-of purchase: We will have tickets for walk-up purchase at all events provided we don't sell out in advance.
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.
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.
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SEATTLE 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
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.
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.
Jazz 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."
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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.