AJW Big Fun Band

Sat June 01 49th Sate 3 pm

The AJW Big Fun Band is a group of eight energetic adults, led by musical director John Damberg, who get together on Wednesday nights to share their love of jamming on a wide variety of music featuring improvisation. The group shares their good energy with their audiences at live performances. A fun funky mix of Brass, violin, an exciting rhythm section, and bluesy vocals to top it off for your listening enjoyment!Valerie Waldrop-voc, Caroline Fogg-violin, Stefon Bledsoe ss,as, Jazon Burnell - guit, David Peach-bari, Roger Fox-guit Larry Ctibor-bs, Larry Kropp-dr, John Damberg-keys.

House Concert:
May 20 7 pm

Watch concert footage HERE !

Karrie Pavish Anderson

June 01st 49th State Brewing Co 4 pm

Karrie Pavish Anderson cold-brews her Alaskan soul songs from the challenges of living in a Hoth-like locale with no roads leading out, and no Starbucks within 300 air miles. Galena, Alaska is an unlikely place for an artist with an active touring career, yet Karrie thrives in this Koyukon hamlet and spins its stories into performances at festivals, clubs, pubs, churches, parks, charity events and the living rooms of her fans around North America and Europe. First time at Spenard Jazz Fest, we're excited to have her !

House Concert: 
May 29 7 pm 

Anchorage Jazz Ensemble

Big Band

The Anchorage Jazz Ensemble has a rich 40 year history of providing jazz to the Anchorage community.  The 18 members of AJE perform a variety of big band music from the 40s swing era to the present.  Members of the band are a diverse group, coming from all walks of life from throughout the Anchorage area.  For four decades, they’ve been coming together once a week to enjoy the camaraderie of the big band jazz experience.

Sat June 01 4 pm              49th State Brewing Co

Sara Anderholm

June 1st 49th State 6 pm ( Whitney Yooungman Trio

Sara Anderholm is a local performing artist, composer and music educator who loves to push the limits of her creativity. Influenced by jazz, rock, pop, and classical masters, Sara blends these styles to create her own sound with entertaining and delightful results.


Where else to catch Sara:

House Concerts:
May 18 ( Sara Anderholm Trio) 
May 19th (w/Elena Lukina and YNGVIL

Marian Call


Don't miss Marian's first Anchorage solo show in AGES !!!  A long standing darling of Anchorage indie scene, Marian has made Juneau her home for the past 5 years. A co-founder of Spenard Jazz Fest, Marian is back to do quality control !

June 02 Church of Love Marian Call in Concert 7 pm

June 01 Jazz Marathon 49th State 9 pm

House Concerts:
May 29th 7pm SOLD OUT!!!  w/Rama Ishaya
May 30th 7pm Few tickets w/Laura Zahasky, guitar


June 1st 1:30 pm 49th State Barrel room

The John Damberg Latin Jazz Quintet is composed of John Damberg on marimba, vibes, steel drum & Latin percussion, Laura Koenig on flute, Mark Manners on guitar, Bob Andrews on bass, Cameron Cartland on drum set and Latin percussion. The ensemble’s repertoire features original music by noted Alaskan composers John Damberg and Mark Manners and arrangements of compositions by the Latin and Jazz Masters of the 20th Century.

For other times and venues see schedule


May 31 Writer's Block 7:30 & June 1st 49th State 3 pm

Seward based Elite 9, named after a 1960's vacuum cleaner, does not suck ! On the contrary, invited back to SJF every year, this fun band led by the enigmatic father-daughter double act Daryl and Linnea Hollingsworth (bass and vocals) the quintet from Resurrection Bay never ceases to please. Power house jazz with a twist.

The Forest that Never Sleeps (Kat Moore)

June 1st 49th State Brewing Co 1 pm

From folk to funk and everything in between, Anchorage's de facto musical poet laureate takes her listeners on a musical journey from behind the keyboard.


June 01 49th Stage Brewing Co 11 pm

KonneXion is Alaska's newest R&B/Funk/Jazz Fusion band, an eleven piece outift  featuring many of the top musicians and vocalists in the Anchorage area. KonneXion plays arrangements from R&B, Funk and Jazz greats such as Earth, Wind and Fire, Tower of Power and Brian Culbertson. Terry Curran - bass, Rick Nunes - drums, John Sterling - guitar, Ron Kichura - piano, Bill Tommisser - B2/synth, Pat Owens - trumpet 1, Adam Fredericksen - trumpet 2, Daniel Montegomery - trombone, Joe May - toner/alto, Rita Merrill - bari/flute, Mercedes Curran - vocal, Ashia Hunter - vocal, Jenny Berg - vocal, Kendra Dos - vocal, Jack Jackson - percussion/keys


House Concert :
May 28 7 pm