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
Spenard Jazz Fest welcomes special guest Keith Karns to our March edition of the monthly series at the Writer's block.
Keith is here on a mission to explore diplomatic jazz relations between Alaskans and Oregonians !
Originally from North Pole, Alaska, Keith is now professor at Western Oregon University, where he teaches trumpet, ensemble and a number of music appreciation classes: orchestral, Brasilian etc. He is a "hard bop doctor", and expert on Woody Shaw . Read his faculty bio here
2019 Summer Festival Dates Announced:
May 18 - June 3rd 2019
Full schedule published April 01
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Monthly Jazz-ED at Writer's Block:
Informal explorations of aspects of jazz - community setting - new theme each month - curators are some of Alaska's best musicians/composers
Jan 19 7pm Elena Lukina Jazz-ED and In Love
Feb 23 7pm John Damberg Jazz-ED and Makin' it up on the spot
Mar 23 7pm Keith Karns Jazz-ED and Swingin'
Apr 27 7pm Jacques Annandale Jazz-ED and Inspired
May 31 7pm Jazz Fest Messengers JazzED through the Ages (Official Festival Opening)
10 pm Speakeasy Jazz - Teeka Ballas
Suggested Donation $5 - no reservations
(SJF Members, AKIMI members, PITR season subscribers FREE)
Arrive early - seating (and adjacent parking) is limited!
Spenard Jazz Fest 2019 Press Launch
International Jazz Day - April 30 - more info to follow
Paint Spenard Jazzy
Saturday May 18 Lunchtime to Dinner Jazz crawl along Spenard Road
House Concerts and Yard Parties
May 18 - 30 Nightly House Concerts and Yard Parties throughout Spenard
Main Festival 2019
May 31 5:30 pm Jazz Fest Opening Party @ The Writer's Block
Jun 01 Noon - Midnight Jazz Fest Marathon @ 49th State Brewing Co
Jun 02 2 pm Jazz Fest Revival @ Church of Love/Heart of The City
Jun 02 9 pm Jazz Fest Closing Party @ Location TBA
Jun 03 5:30/8 pm Jazz on Film @ Bear Tooth Cinema
OCTOBER 20 FUNDRAISER PROVES A GROOVY EVENT!
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!
THANK YOU FOR COMING!
SEPTEMBER 06 - 09 - ASCA STATEWIDE ARTS CONVENING in Fairbanks
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 - 30 House Concert Series - 10 house concerts in and near Spenard
May 31-05 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 akimimusic.org 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