Thanks for joining. The good thing about doing this online is that you can join from anywhere in the world and this festival is archived so you can visit us any time you want.
We will continue to collect stories from past audience members, donors, volunteers, and artists. If you would like to add your story to our new Festival Memories page, please send a video or written text to email@example.com
Today we want to let you know about our Director’s Circle, a group of our $1,000+ donors. Whether or not you are planning to join, click over to the page and watch Zuill Bailey’s video all the way to the end so you don’t miss his party trick.
Members of the Director’s Circle enjoy:
-Special event invitations from our artistic director -An opportunity to sponsor a festival artist -Two Presto Passes for early entry to get the best seats at concerts -Early ticket purchase privileges
“Those who know me will not be surprised that I have particularly fond memories of the vocalists who have graced the Festival stage over the years. And not just the classical singers. Hearing Carmen McRae was (nearly) as much a treat as hearing Marni Nixon. Tenor John Duykers came to Juneau after gaining international fame as the originator of the role of Mao Tse-tung in John Adams’ opera Nixon in China. Baritone Jubilant Sykes was just making a name for himself when he appeared here in a program that included spirituals as well as art songs. Since then he has gained wider recognition as the star of a new recording of Bernstein’s Mass.”
We will collect memories throughout the summer, so if would like to contribute yours, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Juneau Jazz & Classics Board of Directors is a creative, connected, fun-loving group of people. Many of them start out as festival volunteers and decide to take a bigger role in helping JJ&C fulfill its mission. They do a fantastic job with governance, fundraising, and vision. They also work hard (and play hard?) during the festival. You have probably seen many of them behind the bar at concerts, serving as house manager, selling tickets, and shuttling the visiting musicians around. They do everything they can to make sure the festival is a complete success. Thank you to all current and past board members.
Today is the day of the blues dance, so we wanted to spotlight one of our favorite blues fans.
Sister Grace is the Juneau Jazz & Classics official blues goddess.
Over the years Grace Sahaj Elliott has had many festival jobs, from emceeing the Blues cruise to stage managing, house managing and squiring artists around town. But this is one position that she alone has held:
Tom Melville- The man behind our lucid and fascinating program notes every year has shared some wonderful memories with us.
“I somehow missed the handful of concerts that constituted the first Juneau Jazz & Classics Festival in 1987, but I can distinctly remember several aspects the second festival, in particular soprano Candace Goetz to whom I was introduced by a favorite Festival volunteer Peter McDowell, her escort around Juneau.
By the following year I was fully involved, having taken over the job and privilege of writing program notes from George Hoyt who had moved out of Juneau. From that point my own recollections of the Festivals have been colored not just by the actual performers and performances but also by my research and writing in the months before….” Read the rest of the story here.
“My favorite memory of the Festival is that of the concert at the Glacier — I think it was 2001. For some unknown reason, in the winter planning stages, Linda and I decided we would have an OUTDOOR CONCERT in front of the Mendenhall Glacier by the falls. WHAT WERE WE THINKING?? It was one of those rainy, soggy, dreary Mays, with rain every single day, and as you recall, the Festival was in the latter half of May in those days. We were dismal and forlorn.”
Giving back isn’t cancelled. #GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity and we invite you to join in this day. You can help us get the next festival up and running and get professional musicians back to performing and educating.
We could not do this without the support of businesses, grants, individuals, volunteers, and more. Today we would like to give a shoutout to our sponsors, who contribute financially, and also partner with us to house our artists, get the word out about the festival, bus students to concerts, and help behind the scenes. Thank you sponsors! We encourage you to check out the list on our website and thank and support these businesses who invest in the arts in Juneau. Alaska Airlines, 800/94.9 KINY, KTOO, University of Alaska Southeast
Kicking off the festival was “Pizza & beer with Bill & Will,” the free pre-concert hang out with Bill Charlap and our artistic director, William Ransom. It’s nice outside so we would be sitting in the courtyard of Centennial Hall with some food trucks and drinks in hand. Then head inside for an unforgettable intimate concert with the Bill Charlap Trio, with a champagne toast afterword with the Director’s Circle members.
Instead, enjoy this video of Bill Charlap with Tony Bennett. In 2016, “Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap: The Silver Lining, The Songs of Jerome Kern,” was awarded a Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Album.