If you like jazz music, the Edmonds Pier is the place to be this summer.
Since June, Edmonds School District high school jazz student musicians have been performing (weather permitting) at the Pier on Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings, part of the Port of Edmonds Sea Jazz program. And starting Wednesday, July 10, Edmonds-Woodway High School jazz students will perform as part of their summer Jazz Colony experience.
Jazz Colony, according to organizer Pete Bennett, was created “to give the local Edmonds Woodway High School Jazz kids an opportunity to jam during the summer and to work on their jazz and improvisation skills.” A jazz professional — currently saxaphone guru Steve Treseler — gives weekly clinics to students and the colony also performs three summer gigs as well, Bennett said.
The first of these three performances is Wednesday, July 10 from 5-8 p.m., with two more scheduled on Wednesday, July 31 and Wednesday, Aug. 28.
“This summer we have 31 kids enrolled in the EWHS Jazz Colony from the existing EWHS Jazz program,” Bennett noted, adding that the program — now in its fourth year — is sponsored by the EWHS Music Booster Club.
In addition to the Jazz Colony performances, Sea Jazz concerts featuring Edmonds District students are scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays and from 1-3 p.m. Sundays, all at the Edmonds Pier.