Jazz Fest 2018

About the Festival

From the roots to the future of jazz, it’s time once again for this four-day festival! Aiming to promote great lesser-known jazz artists and encouraging gender, age, and ethnic diversity in the Seattle jazz community, this eclectic fest produced by 2018 Golden Ear Award recipient Kenny Mandell follows the genre from blues roots to present-day experimentation.  Check out the May 2018 issue of Earshot Jazz magazine for more info and the history of this growing event!

Ticket Prices and Information

Tickets will be available for sale in-store soon.

Festival Pass – $40. Admission to all 16 festival performances. Best value!

Day Pass – $25. Admission to all performances on a selected day, excluding the first night of the Festival.

Opening Night Pass – $15. Admission to all performances on Opening Night, May 25th.

Event Pass – $10. Admission to any single performance.

Festival Schedule

2017’s Second Annual Couth Buzzard Jazz Fest was packed with tremendous talent. We are excited to announce the 2018 lineup, welcoming back some old friends and some new acts you’re sure to enjoy.

Friday, 5/25
7:30pm – Jump Monkeys
8:30pm – Orville Johnson

Saturday, 5/26:

House Band: Kenny Mandell, Al Pignataro, and Lance Lu

1pm – House Band Trio (Scot Lee canceled)
2pm – Jean Mischler/Charlie Heistand
3pm – Julie Cresswell
4pm – Joanne Klein
7pm – Brad Papineau Trio
8pm – Miles Davis Tribute Band directed by Kenny Mandell

  • Featuring:
    • Lance Lu – drums
    • Mikel Rollins – bass
    • Ian Gwin – piano
    • Al Pignataro – guitar
    • Mike Connors – bari sax
    • Kenny Mandell – tenor sax
    • Katie Webster – alto sax
    • Jenny Ziefel – clarinets

Sunday, 5/27:
2 – 4:30pm – Couth Jazz Jam session hosted by Kenny Mandell and the Couth All-Stars (FREE – Open to All)
7pm – Seth Alexander Group
8pm – Favorite Things Band

  • Featuring:
    • Don Berman – drums
    • Bruce Barnard – guitar
    • Marty Hasegawa – bass
    • Jim Knodle – trumpet
    • Dick Valentine – woodwinds

Monday, 5/28:
1pm – Matt Benham – solo guitar
2pm – The Likes Of

  • Featuring:
    • Carol J. Levin – electric harp
    • Jenny Ziefel – assorted reeds
    • Schraepfer Harvey – percussion

3pm – Simon Henneman – solo guitar
4pm – Jim Knodle – solo trumpet
5pm – Neil Welch – solo sax
6pm – 3 CORNERS CD release

  • Featuring:
    • Tim Volpicella – guitar, effects
    • Curtis Dahl – keyboard
    • Kenny Mandell – woodwinds, percussion