In 1986 world-renowned violinist Linda Rosenthal had a dream to share the music she loves with her community. The combination of a beautiful natural setting with the community’s love and support for music, make Juneau the perfect place for a spectacular celebration of world-class jazz and classical music. In May of 1987, Ms. Rosenthal along with Jazz Coordinator and fellow-founder Bob Banghart and a hard-working group of local musicians, community leaders and loyal supporters of the arts, launched the 1st annual Juneau Jazz & Classics. The Festival has evolved and expanded each year, touching so many lives with an appreciation and love for classical, jazz and blues music.
Each year JJ&C continues to provide high quality performances, educational concerts, instructional workshops and outreach programs that benefit people of all ages, capabilities and economic backgrounds. JJ&C is excited to bring the worlds of jazz, classical and blues to our Juneau community with live performances and interaction with great artists.
Cellist Zuill Bailey is widely considered one of the premiere cellists in the world. His rare combination of celebrated artistry and technical wizardry as well as his engaging personality has secured his place as one of the most sought after and active cellists today. Bailey received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the Peabody Conservatory and the Juilliard School. His primary teachers include Loran Stephenson, Stephen Kates and Joel Krosnick. Zuill Bailey performs on a 1693 Matteo Gofriller Cello, formerly owned by Mischa Schneider of the Budapest String Quartet. In addition to his extensive touring engagements and recording schedule, Bailey is the Artistic Director for four presenting organizations: Juneau Jazz & Classics, the Sitka Music Festival, El Paso Pro Musica (Texas) and the Northwest Bach Festival in Spokane. He is also Professor of Cello at the University of Texas at El Paso.
Sandy Fortier grew up in Colorado and lived in Oregon before moving to Alaska in 2009. She earned a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master’s in Arts Administration with a Performing Arts focus and a Nonprofit Certificate from the University of Oregon.
Sandy Fortier is a flutist and vocalist and is a founding member of the local flute quartet Flutatious. When she is not performing, teaching, and championing the arts, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Luke Fortier, and their two young daughters.
Concert violinist Linda Rosenthal has lived in Alaska since 1969 and in Juneau since 1974. Linda currently maintains a busy schedule performing and teaching. She has appeared throughout North America, Europe and Asia in recitals, as a soloist with orchestras and as a chamber musician. She is also Artistic Director of the Lake Placid Chamber Music Seminar and Professor of Music at the University of Alaska Southeast.
In 1995, Linda was commissioned by the Kennedy Center to create and premiere Strings & Stories, a two-person show for young audiences that combines storytelling, theater, mime and music for solo violin. She, along with Los Angeles actor Bill Blush, perform this show in schools, libraries, museums and theaters for thousands of children across the country each year under the auspices of the New York based Piatigorsky Foundation.
Linda has commissioned and premiered many works for solo violin, electric violin, violin and piano and violin and narrator. Her solo CDs include Three American Sonatas, Favorite Violin Encores, Fiddle-de-Bop and Glacier Blue—Concerto For Violin and Big Band by Evan Solot, commissioned by Juneau Jazz & Classics in 2000.
Linda received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 1978 and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Alaska Southeast in 2005.