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January 2023 UPDATE: We're bringing live jazz back to Olympia! To make this happen, we need members of Olympia Jazz Central to support our efforts. Can you donate today? Click here if the answer is YES, which will take you to our donation page. Stay tuned for more updates!

Do you know who Miles Davis is? You must also know that Bird, Trane and Cannonball are not politicians. How about Charles Mingus, Max Roach or Chick Corea? Maybe you have LP's of Oscar Peterson, J.J. Johnson or Stan Kenton or possibly Don Cherry? If this is you, you must be part of an exceptional crowd that seeks-out the solid groove or the smokin' jam session, where the sounds are cool and the standards are hot. Perhaps you are of the Latin side of jazz where Tito Puente and Poncho Sanchez moves your being. Or Maybe it's hearing Night and Day by Sinatra or A-Tisket, A-Tasket by Ella or perhaps Tenderly by Sarah Vaughan or Honeysuckle Rose by Joe Williams? Now you don't have to go all the way to the Lincoln Center to see Wynton Marsalis or the Village Vanguard to hear the Maria Schneider Big Band. We've got the local jazz scene right here in Olympia. Sometimes Seattle is just too far to go and I-5 can be a real headache. Sadly, the IAJE conventions are now long gone but fortunately for us, the jazz party starts here. Did you know there are about 50-Olympia based jazz musicians and vocalists who perform right here in our local community? It's time to get the word out! Come join us to create a community where the music thrives, the musicians jam and the cultured gather to support Olympia live jazz. We are your classic jazz connection in Olympia! WEEKLY JAZZ HOT SPOTS!
MEETUP: http://www.olympiajazzcentral.com/
CALENDAR: http://www.olympiajazzcentral.com/events/calendar/
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Upcoming events (4+)

Jessica Blinn Quartet w/ Special Guest Cliff Colon

Fraternal Order of Eagles

Monday night jazz in Olympia returns at The Eagles! On Monday, June 5th, vocalist Jessica Blinn will be joined by guitarist Vince Brown, bassist Steve Luceno and special guest Cliff Colon on sax! Bring your dancing shoes!

Suggested $10-25, no one turned away for lack of funds.
All ages until 9pm
IMPORTANT ADMISSION INFO: Eagles is a private club, Monday concert series is for members and guests only (and guests can only be signed in 6 times in a year; yes, we have to keep track)!
So we are encouraging our OJC members to join the Eagles for unlimited access to the concerts and to help support the vital upgrades to this venue.
To be a guest, RSVP here or on fb to be on the guest list.
PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE EAGLES for information about the concerts. They are volunteer run, just like OJC.
If you have a question, please post it here or email [masked]
About Olympia Jazz Central

The Olympia Jazz Central mission is to sustain and support South Sound Jazz events such as concerts, education/workshops, artist collaboration and more. OJC also sponsors a youth scholarship program. We've been connecting musicians with audiences, teachers with students and just gettin' in the groove together since 2009.
Olympia Jazz Central is a 501C3. We are 100% volunteer operated and we rely on donations to keep the jazz train chuggin' along.

Interested in donating? Do so here: https://bit.ly/3isiKuc
-Olympia Jazz Central

Free Jazz with Fred on KAOS Radio 89.3

KAOS 89.3 FM

with Fred Kellogg Jazz for the thinking listener. Current and classic avant-garde, modal and free jazz.

Vince Brown @ Swing Wine Bar & Cafe every Wednesday

Swing Wine Bar

Vince Brown has been performing and teaching acoustic music on guitar, tenor, 5-string banjo, and uke in a variety of styles for 30 years. You can enjoy his music every Wednesday at Swing Wine Bar & Cafe, home of the best crafted cocktail in Olympia!

Smoocho Gusto at Cascadia Grill

Cascadia Grill

Smoocho Gusto is currently performing on Wednesday evenings, 5:30-8pm, at Cascadia Grill in downtown Olympia. Lorree Gardener plays string bass and sings and Steve Luceno plays guitar and sings. They play many of Steve’s original compositions, along with songs written by other local composers. They also choose favorites from Public Domain. Come hear their variety of grooves and enjoy all that Cascadia Grill has to offer!

Past events (4,300)

The Joe Mailhot Jazz Duet at Basilico

Basilico Ristorante

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