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 local 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 early days to present-day experimentation. Check out the May 2019 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 beginning May 1st.
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 24th.
Event Pass – $10. Admission to any single performance.
The three previous Jazz Fesitvals were packed with tremendous talent. We are excited to announce the 2019 lineup, welcoming back some old friends and some new acts you’re sure to enjoy.
7:30 – Jump Monkeys
acoustic quartet playing an uptempo mix of jazz, jump and blues
8:30 – Birch Pereira and the Gin Joints
from americana to blues to jazz, soul and vintage rock ’n’ roll
Sylvia Rollins – bass
Lance Lu – drums
12:00 – TBA
12:45 – Lynn DeBeal
1:15 – Scot Lee
2:00 – Harris Lemberg
3:00 – Hopscotch
4:00 – Joanne Klein
5:00 – Mercedes Nicole
7:00 – Jim Paul Band
8:00 – Wayne Shorter Tribute:
his original compositions with arrangements
Directed by Kenny Mandell – sax
Nate Breedlove – trumpet
Mike Connor – sax
Heather Bentley – violin
Simon Henneman – guitar
Luther Norman – piano
Frank Clayton – bass
Luca Cartner – drums
1:00 – Kenny’s Drum Society
performance by hand-drumming workshop
2:00 – 4:30 – FREE EVENT!
Couth Open Jazz Jam Session hosted by Kenny Mandell
open to all levels of players and vocalists
5:00 – Lance Lu Project
Latin jazz and standards
David Clodfelter – piano
John English – bass
Mathew Benham – guitar
Lance Lu – drums
6:00 – Five Stories
original modern jazz
7:00 – Soul Shack
soul jazz quartet
8:00 – Jump Ensemble
twisted jazz originals and jazz standards with an original twist
12:00 – CHA Trio:
Carol Levin (harp), Heather Bentley (violin), Amelia Love Clearheart (vocals)
collective improvisational trio
1:00 – Lotus Lungs
Matt Benham, Bill Horist, Tom Scully – guitars
2:00 – Simon Henneman
3:00 – Jim Knodle
4:00 – Christian Pincock’s Tightrope
5:00 – Dick Valentine Duo
Dick Valentine, Geoff Harper
6:00 – All About Monk:
Kenny Mandell, Tim Volpicella, Dave Bush
exploring the music of Thelonious Monk through spontaneous improvisations
7:00 – Grand Finale: Avant-Garde Jam Session
open improvised session led by Kenny Mandell