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Juneau Jazz Festival

February 8-10, 2024

The Juneau Jazz Fest will span 3 days and host world-class jazz performers alongside school jazz groups and adult jazz fans to learn, play, and appreciate America's Music...Jazz. The festival encompasses a series of clinics, performances tailored for both schools and the public, and collaborative presentations featuring artists, students, and local performers. Juneau Jazz Fest is a partnership between Juneau Jazz & Classics and the Juneau School District. 

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The 1st annual Juneau jazz Fest was a success! We look forward to many more Jazz Fests. Check back for updates to the 2025 calendar or sign up for our newsletter and get first access to news and event updates.

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Photo Credit: Shane Halverson

Sponsored by:
Juneau/Lynn Canal CHARR, The Generations in Jazz Foundation, Ramada by Wyndham, Alaska Airlines, Alaska Music One, Rasmuson Foundation, & the Alaska State Council on the Arts

Thank you to these individual donors for their support:
Tom Meyer
Hearthside Books & Toys
Natalee Rothaus & Michael Stanley
Laura & John Haywood

2024 Jazz Fest Artists

Kyle Athayde is a San Francisco Bay Area based composer, arranger, performer, teacher, and bandleader. A native of Orinda, California, Kyle primarily plays vibraphone, piano, trumpet, and drums, as well as bongo, congas, timbales, string bass, bass clarinet, sousaphone, and vocal percussion.  He is the leader, conductor, and principal writer for the San Francisco/New York based big band, "Kyle Athayde Dance Party", a group acclaimed for its versatility in the wide scope of styles it performs. He is also the composer and arranger for Eddie Barbash’s double quartet, as well as a member of the Nate Sparks Big Band, the Jon Hatamiya Big Band and Nonet, Ryan DeWeese’s RADJazz Orchestra.

Committed to inter-disciplinary educational outreach in the arts, Kyle has offered classes, clinics, lessons and masterclasses at schools, workshops, and camps in California, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Alaska.  A regular visiting faculty member of the Sitka Fine Arts Camp, he developed and taught classes on video game music, vocal hip hop, and jazz bands.  He is the Director of Curriculum at the Lafayette Summer Music Workshop, and regularly offers clinics and masterclasses to middle school and high school bands throughout Northern California. 

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Hailed by Jon Batiste as "one of the world’s most important saxophonists," Eddie Barbash was a founding member of the house band for the Late Show With Stephen Colbert and currently tours the world with Cory Wong and the Wongnotes. His unmistakable sound is featured on the Oscar and Grammy-winning soundtrack of Soul. He has performed at venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to Madison Square Garden to the Village Vanguard and has headlined both the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and the Umbria Jazz Festival.

 

Barbash's versatile sound has led him to collaborate with musicians in many styles. At 18 he joined the sextet of legendary jazz drummer Chico Hamilton and the quintet of emerging jazz star Jon Batiste. In his 20's he fell in love with American traditional music and began touring with bluegrass phenom Sierra Hull. He's a frequent guest with funk band Vulfpeck and indie rocker Sam Evian. In 2016 he performed a duet on national TV with Yo-Yo Ma and he performs regularly with chamber choir Amor Artis.

Eddie was born in West Islip, NY and was raised in Oaxaca, Mexico, Atlanta, and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He lives in Nashville.

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