Blaine Jazz Festival to kick off Sunday

Published on Thu, Jul 5, 2012 by Anna Atkinson

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The 11th annual Blaine Jazz Festival kicks off with a blockbuster double-bill performance by Pearl Django and the Blaine Jazz Festival Faculty at the Blaine Performing Arts Center (PAC). The concert starts at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 8.

The week-long festival, to be held July 8 to 14, is organized by the Pacific Arts Association (PAA), and features free concerts for the public and six days of instruction for music students taught by internationally recognized faculty. This year’s Jazz Camp faculty includes three new additions – Jovino Santos Neto, keyboard player and composer, Gene Pritsker, guitarist and composer, and David Marriott, Jr., trombone player and composer.

Free preview concerts will be held at noon, Monday through Friday, at the G Street Plaza.

The evening festivities commence at 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 10, with a performance of “A Few of My Favorite Things” by the Blaine Jazz Faculty, and the Fusion Faculty Concert at 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 11. Both are held at the PAC.

Most of the concerts are by donation only, but the Big Band Benefit at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 12 at Semiahmoo Golf Club will cost $35 per ticket.

The grand finale will be the student showcase at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 13 at the PAC, but the festival will continue into Saturday with the Art to Jazz Street Fair, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the G and H Street plazas.

Kristi Galbraith, the new executive director of Pacific Arts Association, said the association would like to extend a special thank you to Larry and Suzanne Conrad who organized the event for the past three years.

The Blaine Jazz Festival is sponsored by the city of Blaine, Blaine school district and The Northern Light.

Students are still being accepted for the camp. For information on the Jazz Camp or festival, call 360/820-8312 or visit