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.


SJF FUNDRAISER featuring Duende Libre (Seattle) w/guests 

6 pm (music 7pm - 9 pm)
Suggested Donation: $40

When DUENDE LIBRE was artist-in-residence at the last Spenard Jazz Fest, it was love at first note between the group and the Anchorage jazz community.  DUENDE LIBRE is a powerful yet sensitive trio of Seattle based jazz players. We feel that even more people should have the chance to experience the magic of this unique, genre-bending trio, and we're delighted that DUENDE LIBRE are back in town and have agreed to perform at our fundraiser.

The October 20 fundraiser for Spenard Jazz Fest is gracefully hosted by Charlotte Fox and Michael Stinebaugh and admission includes food and refreshments.

Spaces are limited, so to secure a space and receive direction to the host, 

please click ATTEND EVENT or RSVP to  


We hope to see you there ! 





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 !




Past Events 2018

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 


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.  


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