PORT ANGELES: Get into the jazz groove this weekend

The seventh annual Jazz In The Olympics jazz festival — now in Port Angeles –begins this afternoon and continues through Sunday.

Ten bands from across the United States and British Columbia delight audiences with the kind of music recently featured in the Ken Burns series on PBS television, “Jazz: The Story of America’s Music.”

The traditional Dixieland jazz of the 1920s and the swing music that followed reflects a truly American art form.

The four venues — all within walking distance — are the Red Lion Hotel, the Naval Elks Lodge, the Port Angeles City Council Chambers and the Vern Burton Community Center — “Jazz Central.”

All venues have refreshments and the city council chambers offers a listening-only venue.

Admission badges are available at all venues by the day or as an all-event, three-day badge.

A Friday badge is $20, Saturday is $30, Sunday is $15, and an all-event badge is $50.

A weekend badge is $10 for high school students and $20 for college students. Children 12 and younger are free.

The Jazz in the Olympics bands are:

n Belvedere Broadcasters Victoria, British Columbia

n Evergreen Classic Jazz Band, Seattle

n Grand Dominion Jazz Band, Mount Vernon

n High Sierra Jazz Band, Three Rivers, Calif.

n Igor’s Jazz Cowboys, Tempe, Ariz.

n Jimmy Mazzy, Boston

n Opus One, Port Angeles

n Paramount Jazz Band, Boston

n Pearl Django, Seattle

n Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band, Bellevue

n Sue (Big Mama) Kroninger and her washboard will share some stage time with Igor’s Jazz Cowboys

Jazz in the Olympics begins Friday afternoon at 2:30 and ends at 11:15 p.m.

Saturday music starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 11:15 p.m.

On Sunday, there is a free jazz gospel program at Vern Burton Center at 9 a.m. The rest of the Sunday schedule starts at 10:30 a.m. and the festival ends at 4:15 p.m.

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