Looking Forward to 2017

We are so excited that the 2017 OIJF is coming together! Opening night, Thursday August 31st, brings the return of Gypsy Jazz with Festival Favorite Pearl Django. Friday, Sept. 1, Greta Matassa once more graces the stage with her amazing vocal talents, scat to standards, beauty and finesse. Saturday Sept. 2nd, Festival Founder Martin Lund will be releasing his newest CD, Songs of the Puget Sound Ferries - come join the celebration! Closing night takes us back down to the steamy and rhythmic Brazilian jazz of Paula Santoro and Ian Faquini. Our third season promises to be our best ever, you won't want to miss any of these wonderful and diverse shows!

Thanks for a great season!

The second season of the Orcas Island Jazz Festival was wonderful and memorable! From opening night, where we enjoyed the wonderful European Jazz of the Oliver Groenewald NewNet through the middle concert with the stunning singing of Greta Matassa and the triumphant return of Pearl Django on closing night, it was three nights of musical heaven.


There were so many special moments...the most memorable for me being when we had an additional, uninvited audience member visit during Greta's first set - a bat flew in and circled the theater. Quintessential pro Greta announced from the stage "I'm not letting any bat upstage me!" And she didn't. It was a lovely duet.

Plans are already in the works for the 2017 season...I am looking back with joy and gratitude to all our patrons, volunteers, and donors, and ahead with excitement for our third year - guaranteed to be the best yet. I wonder if I can get hold of that bat's agent....

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