7th Annual North Bend Jazz Walk

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7th Annual North Bend Jazz Walk

Johnaye Kendrick photo by Scott Myers

Saturday, April 21, 6pm-Midnight
Various venues, North Bend, WA

This April 21, the beloved annual North Bend Jazz Walk returns, promising a celebration of highly anticipated, local musicians in a picturesque setting at the base of Mount Si. Now in its seventh year, the North Bend Jazz Walk will continue its tradition of immersing nearby award-winning high school big bands into its multi-generational lineup.

From the Jazz Walk’s hours of 6pm to midnight, a dozen venues in North Bend’s historic downtown district will host live music events. Participating venues include:  North Bend Theater, Wildflower Wine Shop & Bistro, Twede’s Café, Valley Center Stage, Pioneer Coffee, Snoqualmie Valley Moose Lodge, Birches Habitat, Georgia’s Bakery, Chaplin’s, and Chang Thai. All venues are family-friendly and all-ages.

The 2018 North Bend Jazz Walk will once again feature great jazz talent. This year’s lineup includes: Endemic Ensemble; Chris Symer, Johnaye Kendrick, Bill Anschell; Greg Ruby & the Rhythm Runners; Bernie Jacobs Quartet; Katy Bourne; Kelly & Sage Eisenhour; Kelley Johnson and John Hansen; Aria Prame & Carrie Wicks (“Night-n-Gale”); Janette Tuttle with Ed Weber, Dan O’Brien, Marty Tuttle; Eli Miesner, Michael Barnett, Chris Fagan; Danny Kolke, Michael Glynn, Greg Williamson with Tracy Knoop; top level, high school jazz ensembles, including the Mount Si High School Jazz Ensemble; and Boxley’s Pro-Am Big Band.

Founding member of North Bend Jazz Walk and owner of Boxley’s Jazz Club, Danny Kolke encourages attendees to check out Boxley’s Pro-Am Big Band’s performance to capture the essence of this community celebration of the genre of jazz.

“The spirit of North Bend Jazz Walk culminates in this concert from 9 pm to midnight; great student players are side-by-side their high-quality mentors on stage,” says Kolke of the 16-piece big band that features a mix of professionals, band directors and students.

One ticket allows access to all shows and venues. Ticket holders will be able to walk the couple-block radius from venue to venue and enjoy the best of what the local jazz scene has to offer. All ticket proceeds benefit local jazz education, live performance, and scholarships.

The North Bend Jazz Walk is supported by JazzClubsNW, a member-supported, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting live music performance and education in many communities. Only 31 miles from downtown Seattle, North Bend has become a musical destination featuring live music four nights a week at the JazzClubsNW performance stage at the old North Bend fire station. Family friendly dining is also on site and provided by Wildflower Wine Shop & Bistro.

Tickets are $25 adult / $15 youth in advance, $30 / $20 at the door. Ticket Pickup at Umpqua Bank Community Room (146 W 2nd St, North Bend). Visit northbendjazzwalk.com for tickets and the full schedule. For more about JazzClubsNW, visit jazzclubsnw.org.