North Bend Jazz Walk
Saturday, September 8, 6pm
North Bend, various venues
By Sarah Thomas
Pianist Danny Kolke, owner of Boxley’s jazz club and restaurant, and Greg Williamson, along with many sponsors and volunteers, work together to bring jazz to North Bend. The North Bend Jazz Walk, September 8, 6pm, sponsored by the Boxley Music Fund, is one fundraising event to support that effort.
A 30-minute drive east of Seattle, North Bend is home to Boxley’s, the premier jazz venue with live music seven nights a week in the Snoqualmie Valley. Williamson books many Pony Boy Records artists, and others, there, and the club is home to many of the events serving the Boxley Music Fund mission, including the Future Jazz Heads sessions, in which young students can jam with professionals on a quality stage.
The non-profit Boxley Music Fund is dedicated to supporting music programs for performance and education in the Snoqualmie Valley. It strives to make music more accessible to all generations and income levels by providing services like music lesson scholarships and monthly clinics to enhance local music programs.
Admission to the North Bend Jazz Walk supports the cause. One ticket allows access to all six venues along three city blocks in old-town North Bend, where you can hear over 40 musicians during this all-ages event. Artists include Janette West, the Kelly Eisenhour Quartet, with Alexey Nikolaev, Chris Symer and Gregg Belisle-Chi, Milo Petersen, and the Future Jazz Heads.
Adult admission is $12 in advance, $15 at the door; children (14 and younger), $5 in advance, $8 at the door. For a list of artists and a map of the venues, visit www.northbendjazzwalk.com.