Jazz Fest 2019

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 25 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.

Festival Schedule

The three previous Jazz Festivals 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.

Friday, 5/24:

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

Saturday, 5/25:

Vocal Showcase

House band:

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

Sunday, 5/26:

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

Monday, 5/27:

Experimental Jazz

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

solo guitar

3:00 – Jim Knodle

solo trumpet

4:00 – Christian Pincock’s Tightrope

trombone, plus

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