Tickets to the 2009 Ballard Jazz Festival (April 22-26) are on sale now with big discounts available to those who buy before April 1st.

Vibraphonist Joe Locke returns after his monumental 2004 performance at The Ballard Jazz Festival which resulted in the live recording, Live in Seattle. He will be joined by Portland pianist Darrell Grant and Seattle musicians Thomas Marriott, Jeff Johnson and John Bishop.

The Ballard Jazz Walk is bigger than ever with 19 groups performing in 12 venues all on a single ticket. Featured are locals Bill Ramsey and Jay Thomas, Hadley Caliman, John Stowell and Scenes, Tumbao, Kelley Johnson, Ben Thomas, Mark Taylor, Hans Teuber and more. New this year is an OA2 Records event at Leif Erikson Hall featuring the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra and Cynthia Mullis & Third Hemisphere.

Guitarist Corey Christiansen will be featured at a couple of events during the week starting with The Guitar Summit at The Sunset Tavern on Thursday, April 23. Christiansen will be joined by fellow guitarists Don Mock, Jay Roberts, Dave Peterson and John Stowell is different performances throughout the night.

Also returning are The Brotherhood of the Drum and the Swedish Pancake Jazz Brunch.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit:

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