“Not all events improve with age, but the Ballard Jazz Festival is an exception…a distinct and essential event.” -The Stranger

Origin Music Productions announces the headliners and schedule for the 17th Annual Ballard Jazz Festival, coming up May 29-June 1st. 

Ernie Watts

May 31: Returning again to the spectacular Nordic Museum for the mainstage concert on Friday, May 31st, they’ll feature a double-bill with saxophone icon ERNIE WATTS performing with NEW STORIES. In honor of the Nordic Museum, the New York-based Norwegian guitar virtuoso Lage Lund will be performing with his trio. 

June 1st: Saturday evening’s BALLARD JAZZ WALK moves it’s headquarters into The Cathedral, an exciting new venue that’s positioned right in the heart of Ballard. Featured are: DAWN CLEMENT, JOHNAYE KENDRICK, JAY THOMAS, GAIL PETTIS, XAVIER LECOUTURIER/DYLAN HAYES, OVERTON BERRY, JACQUELINE TABOR, 200 TRIO, RICK MANDYCK, NATHAN BREEDLOVE, and many more…


May 29-30: The festival opens with two themed nights at Conor Byrne Pub – Celebration of the Drum & Guitar Summit, which will feature LAGE LUND, KATHY MOORE and JOHN STOWELL. A relaxed, low-key start to the festival every year, but a quintessential Seattle jazz hang!
Tickets on sale starting April 1st- more complete information will be available at www.ballardjazzfestival.com or call 206-219-3649.

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