The seventh annual Highline Classic Jazz Festival on Saturday, Sept. 19, 3-11 p.m., presents a wide variety of jazz styles, dancing, dining, and vintage jazz films.
The new “jazz walk” format offers more music and more dining options, all at a very family friendly price of $20. (Cash only, please, at the door of any of the six venues on festival day, Sept. 19. Jazz fans under 18 are free! )
Dancers will enjoy the beautiful wood floor at St. Elizabeth’s Church Parish Hall (1005 S.W. 152nd St.) as they swing to Dixieland, Swing, Hot Jazz and Zydeco bands.
Just up the street at The Tin Theater (923 S.W. 152nd St.) filmmaker and jazz historian Joe Vinikow will present two different screenings of “pristinely preserved“ jazz films on original 16mm with commentary.
The covered courtyard between 909 and 913 (909 S.W. 152ndSt.) is the setting for World Jazz featuring Latin Jazz bands evoking the sounds of Brazil, Cuba and Puerto Rico, and other bands playing Gypsy Jazz honoring the legacy of Django Reinhardt.
Meanwhile, across the street at Burien Arts Gallery (826 S.W. 152nd St.) you’re sure to get the Blues–Acoustic Blues, from the Delta to the Mean Streets, by some of the top pickers, singers and blues harp guys in the area.
If you like your jazz standards with a little contemporary twist, stop into HomeTask (611 S.W. 152nd St.), otherwise known as “Cool City”, for elegant small groups in an intimate setting.
A few doors west at Frankie’s B-Town Bistro (653 S.W. 152ndSt.) catch a mixed bag of Latin Jazz, Vibraphone greats, two Earshot Jazz Vocalist winners, plus New Orleans and Vegas Rat Pack stylings. They’ve got it all!
No need to follow that itinerary. The music starts at 3 p.m. at the Gallery and ends at 11 p.m. at Frankie’s. Staggered starts and ample breaks between sets means you can enjoy a lot of bands, films, and dining in a lot of places. See www.highlineclassicjazz.com for more details, including schedule and information on bands.