News and Updates

Photos from the 2016 Ballard Jazz Festival

POSTED: SEPT 20, 2016

Thank you for a great festival!

POSTED: MAY 20, 2016

Thanks to all you musicians / volunteers / staff / venues / sponsors / supporters and ticket buyers(!) for another great week of music and hanging!! That everyone keeps with us and the spirit of the festival through thick & thin throughout the years is indescribably gratifying and inspiring.

THANK YOU!

Forecast: warm weather, sizzling sounds at Ballard Jazz Festival

POSTED: MAY 10, 2016

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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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: HOMESTREET BANK

POSTED: MAY 10, 2016

Since the very first Ballard Jazz Festival, HomeStreet Bank has been with us! We do our banking there and you should too!

Thank you to HomeStreet Bank for their ongoing support and we encourage you to visit their new branch on 24th Ave NW in Ballard.

JAN MOLENDIJK'S 2016 BALLARD JAZZ FESTIVAL PLAYLIST

POSTED: APRIL 27, 2016

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:

BALLARD JAZZ FESTIVAL ALL-STARS LIVE ON KPLU 88.5FM

POSTED: APRIL 25, 2016

kplu-studio-sessionAn all-star group of Ballard Jazz Festival performers will play live on KPLU 88.5fm on Tuesday, April 26, starting at 12:15pm PDT.

Tune in to hear Thomas Marriott (trumpet), Mark Taylor (saxophone), John Hansen (piano), Michael Glynn (bass) and Matt Jorgensen (drums) perform three numbers live in-studio. Jorgensen will also talk about the up-coming 2016 lineup!

The broadcast can be heard locally in Seattle at 88.5fm, or you can listen online at kplu.org.

DOWNLOAD YOUR JAZZ WALK MAP AND SCHEDULE GRID

POSTED: APRIL 19, 2016

We've published our Ballard Jazz Walk Map and Schedule Grid as a handy 2-page PDF.

Download and print at home so you are ready to hit the Jazz Walk running! We will also have copies available for pick-up with your tickets at the Jazz Walk.

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: TRI STAR REALTY TEAM

POSTED: APRIL 4, 2016

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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!

COMING MAY 11-14 ... THE 2016 BALLARD JAZZ FESTIVAL

POSTED: MARCH 18, 2016

Mike SternIt's that time again! With 120 musicians in 30 bands over 4 days, two great new venues and a brand new Ballard Jazz Walk presenting sponsor, the 14th Annual Ballard Jazz Festival is gearing up to be a great one!

For Friday's Ballard Jazz Walk, we've added extra capacity and a new listening experience to our most popular event with the addition of two outdoor venues - Pono Ranch and Peddler Brewery. Hope for great weather! But even with rain, there are large covered areas for enjoying an evening of fine music. Thanks to our new Jazz Walk sponsor Verity Credit Union, along with longtime Mainstage Concert presenting sponsors, HomeStreet Bank and TriStar Team Real Estate for helping to make this possible!

Besides the many familiar faces that have given the festival its sound and personality over the years, we'll welcome many first time performers and groups, including: storied NY guitarist MIKE STERN; legendary trombonist JULIAN PRIESTER with Dawn Clement and Mark Taylor's LineUp; Spanish pianist MARINA ALBERO with her Northwest Quartet; WAYNE HORVITZ and THE ROYAL WE; and MORE!

Discount tickets are on sale NOW, and please consider becoming a festival Founding Member with a tax deductible donation.

Visit www.ballardjazzfestival.com and our Facebook page for continual updates over the next two months. See you in Ballard!

Welcome to our new Jazz Walk Sponsor!

POSTED: FEBRUARY 13, 2016

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

POSTED: JANUARY 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!

POSTED: JULY 2015

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.”

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Ballard Jazz Festival Founding Member Campaign

POSTED: FEBRUARY 26, 2015

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-kind 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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DOWNLOAD THE FESTIVAL PROGRAM

Ballard Jazz Festival Program Download the 2016 Ballard Jazz Festival Program
(PDF File)

Included are artist biographies, schedule information, the latest in Seattle jazz news and more!

DOWNLOAD JAZZ WALK MAP

2016 Jazz Walk Map Plan your Ballard Jazz Walk evening with our 2016 Jazz Walk Map.

Click here to download a Jazz Walk Map and Schedule Grid (PDF file)

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