Where the beat hits the street -11th Annual North City Jazz Walk Aug 15

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Shear Jazz
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

15th NE in the North City Business District 
Street closes at 6pm

The 11th annual North City Jazz Walk (NCJW) takes place on Tuesday, August 15, in the North City Business District in Shoreline. The family-friendly event, which promises to entertain with food, music, and fun, runs from 6pm to 10:30pm on 15th Ave NE, with five blocks of the street closed to automobiles, allowing attendees to stroll from one venue to another.

Three of the venues will be open to the public: 
  • Bethel Lutheran Church’s lower parking lot 
  • Dorian Photography 
  • Frank Lumber 
Ticket holders will have access to all 11 venues.

Leena's Cafe takes to the streets
Photo by Jerry Pickard

Arrive at 6pm to indulge in a wide variety of “Jazz Bites” (and beverages) served by local businesses, then spend the rest of the evening strolling the Avenue.

This year, the Jazz Walk has added an 11th band in honor of its 11th year, with a lineup that includes returning favorites as well as some new talents.

NCJW welcomes back the ever-popular vocalist Greta Matassa, voted four times as the best jazz vocalist in the Northwest, by the readers of Earshot, the Seattle jazz magazine, performing on the Industrial Air stage.

Pearl Django - hot club style group
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Gypsy jazz favorites Pearl Django, a hot club style group, at the Easy Monkey Taphouse (downstairs), and recent Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame inductee, pianist Bill Anschell at the North City Water District.

Young vocalists Brooke Lambert and Tessa Korver perform with saxophonist George Fulton and pianist Aaron Korver inside Bethel Lutheran Church, while the modern jazz quartet Shear Jazz takes over the church’s lower parking lot with a sound from BeBop to Latin to swing.

2016 Northwest Jazz Vocalist of the Year Kate Voss and her husband, guitarist Jason Goessl, perform as Sundae + Mr. Goessl at the Easy Monkey Taphouse (upstairs). 

EntreMundos Quarteto with vocalist Adriana Giordano
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Hopscotch (pianist/composer Charlie Hiestand and singer-songwriter Jeanie Mishler) join forces with jazz vocalist David Arteaga at the restaurant/bar Vesper. 

The always-entertaining EntreMundos Quarteto, with vocalist Adriana Giordano, delivers fiery Brazilian jazz at the open-to-the-public venue Dorian Photography. 

John Paynich’s Johnny Pinetree and the Yellin’ Degenerates performs its captivating mix of blues, funk, jazz, and soul at Shoreline’s beloved venue, North City Bistro and Wine Shop.

Hook Me Up is always popular
Photo by Jerry Pickard
Crowd-pleasing, award-winning vocalist Eugenie Jones appears at the North City Lounge and Tacoma-based jazz-pop quartet Hook Me Up take over the Frank Lumber delivery site with a fresh jazz take on familiar themes.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of, and are available through Brown Paper Tickets, Sky Nursery and several local North City businesses.

More information about the artists for the North City Jazz Walk here


Anonymous,  August 3, 2017 at 11:08 AM  

Ack!! What happened to the Blues Walk that those of us that don't care for jazz were looking forward to? What about folk rock or zydeco or anything else??

Anonymous,  August 3, 2017 at 11:10 AM  

Maybe this year some of the surrounding businesses will put up signs that it's okay to park there for the festival?

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