Embracing the unique & vibrant community feel of Old Town Ballard, the Ballard Jazz Festival celebrates its fourteenth year with four days of modern American music in venues ranging from clubs & bars, to store fronts, shops, and finally, the Nordic Heritage Museum’s concert stage.
The festival kicks off Wednesday with 2 nights of themed events at Ballard Avenue’s Conor Byrne Pub – the BROTHERHOOD OF THE DRUM, featuring three bands led by acclaimed drummers including TARIK ABOUZIED, GREGG KEPLINGER, and JOHN BISHOP, and THE GUITAR SUMMIT, with a creative mix of guitarists including COREY CHRISTIANSEN, DAVE PETERSON, TIM VOLPICELLA, and Northwest icon, JOHN STOWELL.
The perennially-packed Friday night BALLARD JAZZ WALK features many of the Northwest’s finest jazz musicians along with visiting artists. One ticket covers 19 bands in 9 venues along historic Ballard Avenue with their doors open to streets full of jazz lovers. Artists include Corey Christiansen, Marina Albero, Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder, Dawn Clement & Mark Taylor’s Lineup!, George Colligan Quartet, Wayne Horvitz and The Royal We, Julian MacDonough Trio, Gail Pettis, Jacob Zimmerman, Table & Chairs Label Showcase, Kareem Kandi, Todd Bishop Group, Steve Grigg’s Panama Hotel Project, and more.
Saturday’s events start at 11:00am with the SWEDISH PANCAKE JAZZ BRUNCH at the Nordic Heritage Museum along with a classic auto show presented by Washington’s vintage Volvo/Saab Sports Club. The evening’s MAINSTAGE CONCERT is hosted by Seattle jazz treasure Jim Wilke and features performances by the legendary guitar Mike Stern, with the George Colligan Trio, and New York pianist Hal Galper, with his trio. Prior to the concert will be a reception and a showing of 1970s jazz photographs from New York photographer Tom Marcello.