Ballard Jazz Festival

The Ballard Jazz festival begins tonight the festival, in its eighth year, has matured to reliable form, featuring the area’s best jazz musicians and five days of performances all over downtown Ballard. The festival opens Wednesday with a yearly tradition, the “Brotherhood of the Drum,” featuring five groups led by drummers. It continues Thursday with the “Guitar Summit,” featuring six guitarists. Both shows will be at the Sunset Tavern. The greatest mix of styles (straight-ahead, experimental, Latin, world) can be heard Friday at the jazz walk with musicians performing all night at 12 venues. The salsa band Tumbao performs Friday when the Leif Erikson Lodge will be transformed into a dance hall. For the full schedule including information on the Swedish pancake jazz brunch, follow the above link.


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