Welcome to the Edmonds Jazz Connection

Great Music Awaits You!
May 24, 2012


The Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary Club is holding its 12th Annual Edmonds Jazz Connection (EJC) this Saturday, May 26, at three locations in downtown Edmonds.

All three locations are within easy walking distance and will allow you to not only enjoy great music but also experience many of the great downtown shops and restaurants Edmonds has to offer.

The EJC is one of Edmonds’ most popular spring events and brings an exciting collection of young jazz musicians from around the state.

The EJC will feature student groups from middle and high schools from around the state including, among others, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Shoreline, Arlington and for the first time this year, Spokane, to bring you the finest in contemporary and traditional jazz music.

Featured will be Choral Jazz Groups at the Edmonds Conference Center at 4th and Bell, plus Jazz Combos at the Edmonds Theater on Main Street beginning at 10 a.m.

The Big Bands will start at the Masonic Hall on Dayton St, just off 5th Avenue at 9 a.m.  Music will continue until 4 p.m. at all venues, followed by an early evening jam session featuring members from the various participating schools starting at 5 p.m. at the Masonic Hall.

More than a festival, it’s a Connection, bringing together students, renowned professional musicians, the arts community, music educators and ordinary people who just love good music.

The Edmonds Jazz Connection is primarily a community event, intended to make a connection between the schools, the community and the professional jazz world.

Profits, if any, are generally small and are used for music scholarships for the young musicians.

Admission to all performances is open to the public.

While admission is free, your donations are welcome to help the Daybreakers in supporting the club’s local youth programs.

Funds generated by or offered in support of the Edmonds Jazz Connection go directly to the Rotary Club of Edmonds Daybreakers Foundation – a 501(c)(3) corporation.

For more information, visit www.jazzconnection.org, or speak to any member of the Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary Club.



We are all in for a real treat! The Jazz Connection has become a traditional showcase for youth and music in Edmonds, and this year’s event is shaping-up to be spectacular.

Sponsored by the Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary Club, this event ushers in summer and a host of other events like the Waterfront Festival, the Edmonds Arts Festival, “An Edmonds Kind of 4th,” and “A Taste of Edmonds.”

When I taught the Jazz Ensemble at Shoreline Community College (about a thousand years ago) I was able to recruit fine players from the local high schools; the difference now is the talent pool is richer and deeper.

We have very serious students and superb teachers who have elevated jazz understanding to a whole new level.

The students have truly learned to "swing" and the Jazz Connection is your opportunity to see their great talent first hand.

So enjoy the show, peruse our many quality shops, dine at one of our wonderful restaurants, and be sure to come back and enjoy our amazing community all year round!


Dave Earling

Mayor, City of Edmonds


Music makes the ‘connection’ in Edmonds


On behalf of the many student musicians and their teachers who will entertain you throughout the day, your hosts, The Rotary Club of Edmonds Daybreakers,  welcome you to Edmonds’ favorite Memorial Day Weekend event!

The Edmonds Jazz Connection is more than a jazz festival and a wonderful community event, it is indeed a “connection” between student musicians and successful professionals, between schools and their communities, between business leaders and the region’s schools and hundreds of citizens who just love good music.

Many of the student musicians you will see and hear today have participated in jazz competitions throughout the region and the nation.

We are especially proud to once again have the Mountlake Terrace High School Jazz Band, just back from the annual “Essentially Ellington” Festival in New York City at the Kennedy Center. “Essentially Ellington” features the top 15 high school jazz bands in the country!

While admission to all of today’s performances is free of charge, your donations are welcome.

All monies received for the event go to support the music students and programs of the Edmonds School District, so drop a few dollars in the bin as you enter each venue and proudly wear your Jazz Connection beads in support of our school music programs!

Thank you for coming, enjoy the music.


Dennis Johnson, President

The Rotary Club of Edmonds Daybreakers


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