EntreMundos photo by Daniel Sheehan
North City Jazz Walk
Tuesday, August 15, 6pm
Various venues, Shoreline
The 11th annual North City Jazz Walk (NCJW) takes place on Tuesday, August 15, in Shoreline. The family-friendly event, which promises to entertain with food, music, and fun, begins at 6pm on 15th Ave NE, with five blocks of the street closed to automobiles, allowing attendees to stroll from one venue to another. Three of the venues (Bethel Lutheran Church’s lower parking lot, Dorian Photography, and Frank Lumber) will be open to the public, while only ticket holders have access to all 11 venues. Arrive at 6pm to indulge in a wide variety of “Jazz Bites” (and beverages) served by local businesses, then spend the rest of the evening strolling among the 11 venues, where each band will play four 45-minute sets between 6:30pm and 10:15pm.
This year, the Jazz Walk has added an 11th band in honor of its 11th year, with a lineup that includes returning favorites as well as some new talents. NCJW welcomes back the ever-popular vocalist Greta Matassa on the Industrial Air stage, gypsy jazz favorites Pearl Django at the Easy Monkey Taphouse (downstairs), and recent Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame inductee, pianist Bill Anschell at the North City Water District.
Young vocalists Brooke Lambert and Tessa Korver perform with saxophonist George Fulton and pianist Aaron Korver inside Bethel Lutheran Church, while Shear Jazz takes over the church’s lower parking lot. 2016 Northwest Jazz Vocalist of the Year Kate Voss and her husband, guitarist Jason Goessl, perform as Sundae + Mr. Goessl at the Easy Monkey Taphouse (upstairs). Hopscotch (pianist/composer Charlie Hiestand and singer-songwriter Jeanie Mishler) join forces with jazz vocalist David Arteaga at restaurant/bar Vesper. The always-entertaining EntreMundos Quarteto, with vocalist Adriana Giordano, pianist Eric Verlinde, bassist Dean Schmidt, and percussionist Jeff Busch, delivers fiery Brazilian jazz at open-to-the-public venue Dorian Photography. John Paynich’s Johnny Pinetree & the Yellin’ Degenerates performs its captivating mix of blues, funk, jazz, and soul at Shoreline’s beloved venue, North City Bistro & Wine Shop. Crowd-pleasing, award-winning vocalist Eugenie Jones appears at the North City Lounge, and Tacoma-based jazz-pop quartet Hook Me Up take over the Frank Lumber store.
The Jazz Walk was started in 2007 to bring live jazz music to Shoreline and to promote North City businesses. It has become the place and event for live jazz in Shoreline. In 2009 the event became a part of Celebrate Shoreline, a week of activities ending with a festival at Cromwell Park that honors the 1995 incorporation of the City.
The North City Jazz Walk is presented by the North City Business Association in partnership with the City of Shoreline, the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council, North CityWater District, and through in-kind contributions from Ronald Wastewater District and Uniquely Northwest Publications.
–Ed., with information courtesy of North City Jazz Walk
Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of, and are available through Brown Paper Tickets. For more information about the North City Jazz Walk, visit northcityjazzwalk.org.