Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Juneau Jazz & Classics (JJC) prepares for its 37th annual Spring Festival to take place May 5-13.
Festival week is packed full of incredible opportunities to see live music and learn from some of the best in the business.
Musicians will travel all over Juneau playing and teaching in classrooms and sharing their music with our most vulnerable community members in locations like nursing homes and youth centers.
They will also travel to communities like Hoonah and Tenakee to spread the love of live music.
For the first time, Juneau Jazz & Classics partners with Áak'w Rock to bring Juneau the Julia Keefe Indigenous Big Band.
The Festival opens with this 16-piece jazz ensemble at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Friday, May 5 at 7:00 pm.
Established in May of 2022, the Julia Keefe Indigenous Big Band has swept the jazz world off its feet.
Expect to hear something wholly new and surprising as the band plays original scores along with a few jazz standards.
Come out and support Indigenous artists and be one of the first to experience this live sensation.
A cash bar will be available.
Saturday, May 6 brings patrons a second opportunity to hear the smooth vocals of Julia Keefe.
A Jazz Affair with Julia Keefe takes place at the Crystal Saloon and begins at 7:00 pm with Julia’s small 5-piece jazz group. This is an up close and personal event with limited tickets and drinks available for purchase at the bar.
Next, Juneau Jazz & Classics presents two incredible opportunities to experience the very best in classical performance.
Come out to the Juneau Arts and Culture Center on Sunday, May 7 at 7:00 to hear A Night with Awadagin.
Awadagin Pratt is a Festival favorite returning to Juneau for the 5th time in two decades.
Pratt will perform piano classics by Chopin, Liszt, and Rachmaninoff.
On Wednesday, May 10 at 7:00 pm get another classical fix at the UAS Egan Library during the show, For the Love of Brahms. Zuill Bailey (cello) is joined by James Logan (clarinet), and Awadagin Pratt (piano) for a night of solos, duets, and trios by these three virtuosos.
To round out the Festival, harmonica phenomenon, Phil Wiggins Blue House Party performs his smooth Piedmont-style blues with his special techniques. There are two chances to see Wiggins. First, on the always popular Blues Cruise on Friday, May 12 at 7:00 pm. Enjoy the sensations of live music while traveling through Juneau’s waterways at sunset.
Tickets include a catered dinner. Lastly, the Festival finale, The Blues are Back: A Night with Phil Wiggins, takes place Saturday, May 13 at 7:00 pm at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall.
A cash bar will be available at both events.
All tickets can be purchased at www.jazzandclassics.org.
Prices range from $20-$115 and package discounts are available. Ticket purchases and tax-deductible donations go to supporting the arts in local community centers and schools. Juneau Jazz & Classics is a music festival that builds community through adventurous musical experiences, purposeful arts education, and comprehensive community involvement with professional musicians.
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