The Highline Classic Jazz Festival Returns!

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The 8th annual Highline Classic Jazz Festival plays Burien on Saturday, September 24, 3 p.m.-11 p.m. The all-day jazz party features six venues, presenting 21 bands and two films for $25—about a buck a band!

The summer music festival season is not over. The best is yet to come.

The community-based, family-friendly jazz walk will bring music lovers to the Burien core for a full day of Classic Jazz, dancing and jazz-film watching. Most of the venues provide numerous dining and beverage options.

The venues, all within easy walking distance, are The Dance Hall (St. Elizabeth’s Church,) The Vintage Jazz Theater (Tin Theater,) The World Jazz Stage (909/913 Courtyard,) Cool City (Mark Restaurant,) The Acoustic Blues Stage (Burien Arts Gallery) and The Bistro (Frankie’s B-Town Bistro.)

Get a hand stamp for $25 at any of the six venues on the day of the festival and it’s good for admission to all the locations. Cash only and no advance ticket sales.

Among the bands booked are Northwest and international favorites, Pearl Django; one of Seattle’s favorite hot bands, Holotradband; featured and final festival performer, Casey McGill Orchestra; Burien’s-own, Ryan Burns Trio; and Earshot Jazz Society NW vocalist of the year, Jacqueline Tabor.

In addition, filmmaker and jazz historian Joe Vinikow will show two rare films, featuring priceless appearances by peerless performers on pristinely preserved prints at the Tin Theater. A Question and Answer session will follow each film.

For a complete schedule and additional information, visit

Attracting music-lovers from throughout the region, the Highline Classic Jazz Festival is the only festival in the central Puget Sound area specializing in early 20th Century Jazz. Hear Dixieland, Hot Jazz, Trad Jazz, Swing, Big Band, Western Swing, Gypsy Jazz, Zydeco, Cool Jazz, Ballads, Blues, Latin Jazz and more.

The Burien Arts Association, Burien’s 50-year-old Arts advocacy non-profit, organizes, directs and presents the jazz walk.

Burien Arts Association programming also includes the Burien Arts Gallery at 826 S.W. 152nd St., Strawberry Shortcake booth at Burien’s annual Wild Strawberry Festival in June, summer Shakespeare in the Park, Vision 20/20 Fundraising Art Event, face painting at local festivals and student workshops. More information at

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