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12th Annual Ballard Jazz Festival Preview

David Belove
Mimi Fox, appearing at this year's Ballard Jazz Festival.

Jazz artists from around the US will join resident musicians April 16-19 for the 12th annual Ballard Jazz Festival, and Jazz Northwest samples some of the music to be heard over the four-day event.  
Festival artists featured this week on Jazz Northwest include Corey Christiansen, Jay Thomas, George Colligan, Thomas Marriott, Mimi Fox, and Sonny Fortune.

The festival includes a Brotherhood of the Drum on Wednesday, a Guitar Summit on Thursday, the Ballard Jazz Walk with 22 bands at 11 venues on Friday, a Saturday Jazz Brunch with a vintage Volvo / Saab auto show, and concludes with the Mainstage Concert headlined by Sonny Fortune and Chano Dominguez on Saturday night.    
Next week (4/20) a concert by Kendra Shank and John Stowell as they begin a CD release tour at The Seattle Art Museum. Their new duo CD is "New York Conversations."
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Jim has been a fixture on Seattle radio since 1961. He was the host of Jazz After Hours on Public Radio International from 1984-2014. Currently Jim has been producing Jazz Northwest for KNKX since 1988. This weekly program focuses on the regional jazz scene and frequently includes performances Jim records on location for Jazz Northwest.