Free public performances by the region’s top high school big bands and jazz vocalists and ensembles, plus an evening performance with celebrated headliner Jackie Ryan — it’s all part of the mix Saturday as the Rotary Club of Edmonds Daybreakers presents the 10th anniversary of its Jazz Connection festival at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.
The day begins at 10 a.m., when the Jazz Connection features three concurrent — and free — venues for high school jazz groups. Big bands will be playing at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, choral jazz at the Edmonds Masonic Center, and the smaller combos at the Edmonds Theater. Participation is by audition and invitation. Click here for venue map. Nationally recognized Essentially Ellington finalists Edmonds-Woodway and Mountlake Terrace high schools have been mainstays of the annual festival, which features 27 local and regional high school bands.
Ryan, a vocalist who has been thrilling audiences across the globe with her powerful 3/12 octave range and her amazing stage presence, takes the Edmonds Center for the Arts stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The evening program also features the All-Star Jazz Band and All-Star Jazz Choir, chosen from among the best student musicians at the Connection. Jim Wilke of Public Radio International’s Jazz After Hours is the emcee
Ryan’s musical style covers gospel, blues, Brazilian bossa nova, Latin songs and Bebop vocalese. She has sung all over the world, from the famous Ronnie Scott’s Club in London to Jazz at Lincoln Center and Birdland in New York, as well as many major jazz festivals.
Tickets to the Saturday night event are $35, and can be purchased online or by calling 425-275-9595.