TODAY's EVENTS: SATURDAY June 03 - 13 hour Music Marathon
ALL DAY MUSIC MARATHON TODAY JUNE 3rd
COME ON DOWN TO 49th STATE BREWING COMPANY!
Music in 4 rooms from 12 noon - 1 am!!!
LENNY PICKETT EXPERIENCE 7 pm
WORKSHOPS FROM 3 - 6pm
For Full schedule click HERE
10th ANNUAL SPENARD JAZZFEST - May 20 - June 05
WELCOME to the 10th Annual Spenard JazzFest
- THE WAY ALASKANS MAKE MUSIC -
Be part of Anchorage's most diverse and creative music festival ! Whether Alaska is your home or you're just here visiting, ticking off an item on your bucket list.
Anchorage, Alaska - perhaps surprising to some, is a place where creative ideas are welcome, supported and - funded! We are lucky to have some major supporters of the arts who keep an ear to the ground and help foster and nurture new ideas and initiatives.
And Anchorage is rapidly becoming a destination for music lovers who want to hear new and exciting sounds! Alaska has grown some well kept secrets in the genres of jazz, hip hop, contemporary and indie music. These talented folks are now springing out of the box - and musicians and bands from the 49th state are moving onto the national scene making their mark on the way music is made.
From May 20 - June 5th, 2017 some of Alaskan's most talented musicians gather to create and play both classic and original jazz, blues, world music, indie, folk and contemporary music.
We are lucky to be able to augment our local line up with some amazing names from Outside:
SJF 2017 Artist-in-residence is none other than Lenny Pickett, close to being a national treasure and best known as the main stay MD for Saturday Night Live and as the infamous altissimo virtuoso leader of the Tower of Power, horn section. A prolific and highly original composer and performer and innovator of the modern American music idiom, Lenny visits Anchorage and Homer to share vibe and instigate waves.
Joining the brain drain from Anchorage, eminent bassist Janie moved to Austin to explore broader musical opportunities. Lately she relocated to LA where she plays sessions and composes her own uniquely angular music. Luckily for us, Janie chooses to return home frequently to teach or support visiting major acts.
This time she travels as part of Middle Eastern inspired group Michelle Alana and the Mystics.
Another unique player visiting Spenard JazzFest is Tom Stryker, harmonica innovator and activist, appreciated for his direct and soulful style and for his work to promote fellow players of the instrument. Tom is the former President of SPAH (Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica ) and tours worldwide Equally at home with Vanguard jazz or Vivaldi, Tom has an eclectic repertoire and career - plus he visits Alaska regularly to fish !