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Is That Jazz? Festival

Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue North


(January) The answer to the question “what is jazz?” has always varied from person to person, region to region and across the ten-or-so decades of jazz’s existence. Only in the last few decades, however, has the answer to that question become a contentious matter of one-upmanship. Purists will rail against the more free-form, often strange interpretations of what “counts” as jazz.

Seattle’s Is That Jazz? Festival seeks to ask, though not necessarily answer, the event’s eponymous question. The festival features a number of avant garde performers over two weekends in late-January at the Chapel Performance Space at The Good Shepherd Center. Didgeridoos, free jazz ensembles of all shapes and sizes, micro-tonal improvisational groups and traditional jazz ensembles with non-traditional instrumentation are all a part of the tasty innovative stew of the festival.

    Is That Jazz? Festival Information

  • Public Transportation: Fair (a 4-minute walk from buses 16 and 82 at N 49th Street/Meridian Avenue N; and a 6-minute walk from bus 26 at NE 50th Street/Thackeray Place NE)
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Good
  • Performances: 8-10 performances over two weekends
  • Ticket Prices: $15 general admission, $10 students/seniors. Tickets only available at the door.