2018 Jazz

Another great series of jazz music begins in April 2018. Series tickets are $70 and will be available at Sudden Valley YMCA desk, Village Books, and online by clicking on the red button on our home page. Single concert tickets will be available in February.  For additional information contact K.C. Sulkin at 360-671-1709.

April 14: The Brothers Arntzen

The Brothers play sweet and hot music for dancers and listeners alike. Raised in the New Orleans style of jazz music by their grandpa Lloyd Arntzen, they have developed their own, joyful sound from this musical tradition. The Brothers’  mission is to educate people aged 6 to 95 about this kind of jazz. The Arntzens demonstrate that jazz was conceived in joy, and they like to make sure that the audience has as much fun as they do

May 5: LaVon Hardison

LaVon sings jazz standards, originals, and her own eclectic and compelling arrangements of popular songs. Equally at home at jazz clubs, corporate events, private parties, and sacred settings, LaVon uses her background in musical theater, opera, and jazz as a foundation for her joyful and engaging musical explorations.  Based in Olympia, WA, LaVon works with a variety of musical collaborators to create deep and often funny musical conversations.

October 6: Jeff Busch Magic Circle

Jeff Busch is an exuberant drummer/percussionist, vocalist, and composer whose passion for soulful music has led him to perform with jazz, blues, and gospel groups.  Jeff performs with a variety of groups in the Seattle area. He is currently the recipient of a King County Arts grant for a recording project entitled ‘Drums and Voices – Contemporary Spirituals’ in collaboration with gospel singer Patrinell Wright.

November 10: Kevin Woods Tribute to Miles Davis

Trumpeter/composer Kevin Woods is emerging as one of the most melodic and emotive voices in improvised music in the Northwest. His passion for both performance and education has made him a leader and a sideman as well as a composer, arranger and clinician.  Woods lives in Bellingham where he is active as a performer, educator and composer/arranger, and serves as Director of Jazz Studies at Western Washington University.

Miles Davis (5/6/1926 –  9/28/1991) was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. He is among the most influential and acclaimed figures in jazz history and 20th century music. Davis adopted a variety of musical directions in his five-decade career which kept him at the forefront of a number of major stylistic developments in jazz.

All concerts take place at 3 p.m. in the Sudden Valley Dance Barn, Gate 2, 8 Barn View Ct., Bellingham.  Seating is limited.  Drinks are available for purchase at the concerts.  There is plentiful free parking.