Welcome and thanks for joining us for the 41st Annual DeMiero Jazz Fest. Over the years we have presented jazz legends and rising stars – the New York Voices, Dee Daniels, Greta Matassa, Anita Kerr, Four Freshmen, Joe Williams, Mark Murphy, Diane Schuur, John Pizzarelli, Carmen Bradford and Karrin Allyson – as well as some of our community’s finest jazz ensembles: the Kennelly Keys Music All Star Big Band, Seattle Jazz Singers and Soundsation.
Not only do these artists lend their talents to our stage during the magical evening concerts, but more than 1500 students from throughout the West Coast of the United States and Canada will be learning from these musicians in an intimate and inspiring environment, as well as from some of the nation’s finest jazz clinicians.
Our festival is made possible through the generous support of hundreds of volunteers and dozens of businesses from throughout the region; as well as the vision of the festival’s artistic director, Dee Daniels.
It’s a unique combination that is indicative of our community’s passion for the arts and dedication to music education.
The festival is an exceptional opportunity for music students of all ages to gain the esteem of their peers and to work one-on-one with world-renowned jazz artists. It is also an opportunity for our community to access musicianship and entertainment that is truly unparalleled.
I want to personally thank you for your continued support in my lifelong commitment to music education. I know you’ll enjoy this year’s festival and the many magical musical experiences it will bring!