Edmonds Jazz Connection is a local festival showcasing some of the best high school jazz programs from throughout the Pacific Northwest. These programs feature many very highly talented student musicians, and many have performed at prestigious jazz competitions nationwide. At the end of the academic and competitive year, Jazz Connection is an encore for these hardworking students to perform for families, friends and their community, and showcase their improvisational talents while playing side-by-side with professional musicians.

Connecting the Community & Supporting Musical Arts

While the principal goal of the event is to connect our community with its many wonderful student jazz musicians, even more importantly, this event is pivotal for raising funds that the funds we raise directly support school music programs and students. We work directly with the school district leadership, choral & band directors, parent groups and students to identify the most pressing needs of school music programs, then we provide the funding, volunteer hours and other support to ensure the success of these initiatives. This year we have three primary areas of focus:

  • Scholarships for student musicians continuing their education at college, university or trade school
  • Fund private musical instruction for underprivileged high school students
  • Launch quarterly ‘clinician’ sessions for each program in the district. Clinics provide an opportunity for each jazz ensemble to meet regularly with professional musicians to build improvisational musical skills

Edmonds Jazz Connection for 2022

We would like you to consider joining us as an official Community Sponsor of the Edmonds Jazz Connection. In addition to raising funds to support an exceptional music education experience in Edmonds Schools, it has become a wonderful annual spectator event in Edmonds, bringing 3000+ attendees each year. An incredible performance experience for all performers and audience alike.

We are beginning to raise funds for Jazz Connection 2022. Your generous tax-deductible contribution allows us to jumpstart our fundraising efforts for the students of the Edmonds School District Music program initiatives outlined above.

Also on the the evening of the Jazz Connection, join us for the Jazz Walk – Come for the Day; Stay for the Night. 2022 is already ramping up to be another exciting festival with planning now under way!

SATURDAY, MAY 21st, 2022

Saturday, May 21, 2022 at The Edmonds Center for the Arts – showcasing the Big Bands, The Edmonds Theater featuring combos, and North Sound Center, featuring Choral Groups.

This is our premier fundraising community event for the students of the Edmonds School District & surrounding districts. Our goal is to raise $45,000 to implement these programs, help as many students as possible and cover event costs. We appreciate prior years’ generous donations and we are hopeful this year to do more to help make our program even greater!!

Edmonds Jazz Connection poster

20th Anniversary Edmonds Jazz Connection Saturday May 21, 2022 Big Vands Vocal Jazz Instrumental Combos Come for the day… Stay for the evening Proudly presented by the Rotary Club of Edmonds Daybreakers jazzconnection.org Funded in part by Foundation for Edmonds School District and these community sponsors: Hazel Miller Foundation, Edmonds Arts Commission, Hubbard Family Foundation, Cascadia Art Museum, First Financial Northwest Bank, Harsin Wealth Management, Mountain Pacific Bank, superGraphics, Darlene Stern-Rapp

Sponsor Options – $1,000, $2,500, $5,000 or more!!

We would like to thank our current sponsors for their generosity: the Foundation for Edmonds School District, the Hazel Miller Foundation, the Hubbard Family Foundation, the Edmonds Arts Commission Tourism Promotion Award and the Rotary District 5030, along with donations from the Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary, Edmonds Rotary and the Lynnwood Rotary.

Here is how YOU can help! If you or your business would like to support this worthy event, donations of any amount are truly appreciated. Please make checks payable and mail to Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary: Attn EJC, PO Box 1584, Edmonds, WA 98020-1584. Our club members will also be selling raffle tickets in case you would like to participate with a raffle ticket purchase. For additional information, please contact our co-chairs Valerie Claypool or George Smith.

While we are focused on our upcoming 2022 Jazz Connection, please enjoy this wonderful video tribute to celebrate this annual event, produced by Jim Blossey.


Valerie Claypool, Co-Chair
206-335-9665, 247eventsnw@gmail.com

George Smith, Co-Chair
425-772-4629, sfg3210@yahoo.com

Edmonds Jazz Connection

Make a Difference with Sponsorship

We are seeking sponsors in an effort to help as many students as possible reach their full potential through musical study. We ask that you consider the EJC as a worthy cause for sponsorship!

Title $10,000
Overall Naming Rights as The Title Sponsor of the Edmonds Jazz Connection plus all the collateral materials afforded the Venue Sponsor. You will be on everything related to the Jazz Connection.You will also receive a framed Jazz Connection poster to display.

Lead Sponsor $7,500 to $9,999
Lead and Presenting Sponsor for the Music Lab Program at each venue plus all the collateral materials . You will also receive a framed Jazz Connection poster to display.

Venue Sponsor $5,000 to $7,499
A specific venue identified as being provided by the Sponsor. Prominent logo placement in event collateral, event audio visual program, press coverage and releases. You will also receive a framed Jazz Connection poster to display.

Sustaining Sponsor $2,500 to $4,999
Recognized as making scholarships possible, participate in scholarship presentation at Jazz Connection, logo placement in event collateral, event audio visual program, press coverage and releases.

Contributing Sponsor $1,000 to $2,499
Logo placement in event collateral and press coverage and releases.

Friend $100 to $999
Name recognition day of the event on printed and AV materials at all 3 venues.

To Become a Sponsor Please Contact:

Kristi Jenson, Jazz Connection Chair