Eric Alexander

Tickets to the 2015 Ballard Jazz Festival are now on sale. The festival runs May 6-9, 2015, with six events packed over four nights.

The festival kicks off Wednesday with 2 nights of themed events at Ballard Avenue’s Conor Byrne Pub – the BROTHERHOOD OF THE DRUM, featuring four bands led by acclaimed drummers such as Gene Coye from Los Angeles and Bellingham’s Julian McDonough, and THE GUITAR SUMMIT, with a creative mix of guitarists including New York’s Peter Bernstein, 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 the Overton Berry Trio, Pearl Django, Dawn Clement Trio, Doug Beavers Latin Jazz Group, Roxy Coss Quintet, Michael Zilber Quartet, Gail Pettis, Sarah Partridge, Table & Chairs Label Showcase, Kareem Kandi, Gavin Templeton Group, Jay Thomas’ Cantaloupe, and more.

New for this year is a special FRIDAY EVENING CONCERT at the Nordic Heritage Museum. Featuring New York guitarist Peter Bernstein’s Trio and legendary bassist David Friesen with his Circle 3 Trio, the evening is hosted by PRI Jazz After Hours broadcaster, Jeff Hanley.

Saturday’s events start at 11:00am with the Thomas Marriott Quartet performing at 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 saxophone titan Eric Alexander, with the Peter Bernstein Trio, and New York composer/saxophonist Lucas Pino’s No Net Nonet. Prior to the concert will be a reception and a showing of 1970s jazz photographs from New York photographer Tom Marcello.

For more information, and to buy tickets, visit

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