Spenard Jazz Fest (Est. 2008) is a program of Northern Culture Exchange, a 501 c 3 not for profit organisation, on a mission to put Alaskan creativity to work


2019  Summer Festival Dates Announced : 

May 19 - June 3rd 2019 


Support local music - Become a Jazz Fest member !


Winter/Spring 2019

Monthly Jazz-ED at Writer's Block:

Jan 19 7pm   Elena Lukina Jazz-ED and In Love 

Feb 23 7pm   Michael Dickerson Jazz-ED In the Know 

Mar 23 7pm   Karl Wilhelmi - Jazz-ED and Killin’ it 

Apr  27 7pm  Jacques Annandale Jazz-ED and Inspired 

May 31 7pm  John Damberg and the SJF Messengers JazzED through the Ages (Official Festival Opening)

Suggested Donation $5 - no reservations

(SJF Members, AKIMI members, PITR season subscribers FREE) 

Arrive early - seating (and parking) is limited!


Spenard Jazz Fest 2019 Press Launch
April 30 (International Jazz Day) 5:30 pm
East Barrel Room - 49th State Brewing Co


Main Festival 2019

Jun 01 All Day          Jazz Fest Marathon  at 49th State Brewing Co

Jun 02 (Time TBA)           Jazz Fest Revival  Venue TBA

Jun 03  5:30/8 pm     Jazz on Film - presented by Bear Tooth Cinema








Past Events - 2018


DECEMBER 1st  Fund raiser - POSTPONED! 

Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite  

featuring  Spenard Jazz Fest All Star Big Band 

6 pm  (location TBA) 

The Nutcracker frenzy goes jazzy! 

- a fundraiser for Spenard Jazz Fest 

SJF makes the Ellington Nutcracker Show an annual tradition in Anchorage, and will tour the show to other AK locations. 

The Big Band sound is such an intrinsic part of Anchorage history; many of our remaining music venues were originally dance halls, built to fit the unique sound of a 16 - piece outfit. 

Building on this tradition, SJF also encourages new writing for big band by composers based in Alaska. 

Stay tuned for more information on this and further events, feel free to suggest sponsors and sources of support - it is NOT CHEAP to hire a big band !



SJF FUNDRAISER featuring Duende Libre (Seattle) w/guests 

Close to 50 guests sat spell bound, tapped their feet and eventually danced their heart out when DUENDE LIBRE took the floor at Charlotte Fox and Mike Stinebaugh's beautiful home on the Hillside.

Seattle based trio DUENDE LIBRE  brought with them multi-faceted vocalist Frank Anderson. Together they performed two sets of eclectic jazz nd world music; African poly-rhythms, Latin grooves, a Nina Simone classic and even a Norwegian cow call. Local guest musicians Elena Lukina (violin) and Yngvil Vatn Guttu (melodica and willow flute).  

Beer by 49th State Brewing Co.

Our sound equipment is sponsored by KPB Architects and our MEMBERS!





In August and September SJF staff are busy planning the year. to come. We're working on securing funding and booking guest artists for the 12th annual 2019 Festival, and of course,  putting together our new Fall/Winter/Spring season of house concerts, Spenard neighborhood outreach events, workshops and fund raisers.  



MAY 19 - 31 House Concert Series - 10 house concerts in 

June 01-05 Main Festival - Artist in Resident: Duende Libre

AUGUST 10 - Noise of the North  AKIMI Spotify list, featuring several Alaskan Jazz musicians, goes live... 

40 Alaskan artists have signed up, more spaces available. Visit for moreinfo 

AUGUST 15  - DISCOVER ALASKAN MUSIC launches and reaches 200.000 people across the US. SJF artist featured in this mail blast by CD Baby/AKIMI :  Harper's Farce, Elena Lukina Dan Mac Band, Rick Zelinsky, YNGVIL. 

AUGUST 23 - 27 - SJF Artists represent Alaska at Nashville conference 


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