The Orcas Island Jazz Festival returns to the Orcas Center from Aug. 30-Sept. 2. Started in 2015 by Martin Lund, the festival has grown every year, allowing him to bring first-class musicians from all across the region for four days of jazz performances. Tickets are $28 per night or $79 for all four – Orcas Center members receive $2 off. Students pay $10 for Thursday and $16 for Saturday through Sunday.
Thursday: “Jazz: What’s the bag?”
Ever want to know what’s the bag about jazz? Professor Lund and friends guide you through the “Rules of the Game of Jazz,” how it is played, why it sounds the way it sounds, a brief history of where it came from and, best of all, chanteuse Miss Moqui guiding you through song in her quintessential jazz style.
Friday: ‘Pearl Django: Best Gypsy Jazz’
With a performance history spanning more than two decades, Pearl Django endures as one of the most highly regarded Hot Club style groups working today. Although the band’s roots are firmly in the music made famous by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, their extensive repertoire includes traditional jazz classics and original compositions.
Saturday: ‘Susan Pascal Quintet, featuring Pete Christlieb’
The Susan Pascal Quintet, featuring special guest tenor saxophone titan Pete Christlieb, presents “Remembering Stan Getz.” The all-star group features tenor saxophonist Pete Christlieb, vibraphonist Susan Pascal, pianist John Hansen, bassist Chuck Deardorf and drummer Mark Ivester.
Sunday: ‘Martin Lund and the Off-Island All-Stars’
Lund has worked his whole life as a musician, played with some of the greats and would not trade what he has done for anything else. He has spent a considerable amount of time working in Los Angeles recording studios as an arranger, composer and musician for more than 20 years.
This festival is brought to you by Orcas Open Arts. For more information, visit orcasislandjazzfestival.org.