DeMiero Jazz Fest returns for 43rd year in Edmonds

Mar 01, 2019
Courtesy of: Sarah Gazarek Sara Gazarek, DeMiero Jazz Fest artistic director, performs Saturday, March 9.

The North Sound Church and the Edmonds Center for the Arts will host the 43rd annual DeMiero Jazz Festival March 7-9 in Edmonds.

This music education event brings in more than 65 jazz choirs from middle school, high school and college and community groups for a noncompetitive chance to perform and work with professional jazz artists.

Daytime performances, master classes and workshops are open to the public to view for free.

Three evening concerts showcase the work of students and professionals.

North Sound Church is at 201 Fourth Ave. N. Edmonds Center for the Arts is at 410 Fourth Ave. N.

Ten students choirs will perform 7 p.m. March 7 at North Sound Church after rehearsing and learning all day with the professionals. Tickets will be available at the door.

At 7 p.m. March 8 and March 9 at ECA, professional jazz artists will be featured. Ticket prices are $35 general admission, $25 for those under 21. VIP preferred tickets, for one concert and VIP reception, are $70.

Tickets are available through the ECA website and at the door.

Friday night headliners include the women's trio Duchess, Michael Mayo, and Johnaye Kendrick. Saturday night will feature Sara Gazarek, Michael Mayo, and Johnaye Kendrick.

The DeMiero Jazz Fest all-star band will back them up.

Duchess, including singers Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner, and Melissa Stylianou, has been hailed by Downbeat Magazine as "a beacon of jovial esprit" for their swinging harmonies.

Mayo has studied with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter and performed at the White House and the Panama Jazz Festival.

Kendrick lives in Seattle and has been featured with the Ellis Marsalis Quartet and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.

Gazarek, DiMiero Jazz Festival’s new artistic director, has been called "the next important jazz singer" by the L.A. Times and is on the faculty of USC. She grew up in Seattle and has performed in Edmonds several times.

DeMiero Jazz Festival is a nonprofit and relies on community support, sponsorships and donations for funding.

It is supported by the Washington State Arts Commission, the Edmonds Arts Commission, the Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund, the Hubbard Family Foundation, the Snohomish County Foundation Music Fund, the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation, the Washington State Choral Conductors Association, Lynnwood Kiwanis, and others.

 

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