Edmonds Jazz Connection is May 20

May 18, 2017
Courtesy of: Jessica Molaskey John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey will perform at the Edmonds Center for the Arts in a show sponsored by the ECA.

Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary has a full day of live jazz at the 17th annual Edmonds Jazz Connection Saturday, May 20.

Performances will be held at various venues: Big bands, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Edmonds Center for the Arts; chorals, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Holy Rosary Church; and combos, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Edmonds Theater.

Admission is free, and donations go to support scholarships and grants for students and Edmonds School District music education.

In addition, a concert 7:30 p.m. May 20 with nationally known guitarist John Pizzarelli and vocalist Jessica Molaskey will be held at the Edmonds Center for the Arts and is sponsored by the ECA. Tickets are $24-$59.

Molaskey is taking the place of previously announced performer Ann Hampton Calloway, who cancelled due to illness. Molaskey, Pizzarelli’s wife, is a veteran of a dozen Broadway shows, including the revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's “Sunday in the Park with George,” which was nominated for nine Tony Awards.

The Edmonds Jazz Connection features performances from nationally recognized and award-winning high school jazz programs from throughout the Pacific Northwest, and highlights numerous student groups that have performed in prestigious competitions nationwide.

At the conclusion of the academic year, Jazz Connection is an encore for these accomplished students to perform for the community, and showcase their improvisational talents while playing side-by-side with professional musicians.

The principal goal of the event is to connect the community with its many student jazz musicians. Rotarians said the event is pivotal for raising funds to directly support school music programs and students.

For more information, and to see what local bands are performing, go to www.jazzconnection.org.


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