Starbucks 16th Annual Hot Java Cool Jazz Concert Showcases the Future of Seattle Jazz


The stage is set for Starbucks 16th Annual Hot Java Cool Jazz to once again thrill Seattle-area jazz fans, with the region’s top young musicians coming together for a remarkable show at the Paramount Theatre. Proceeds from the night’s performances benefit the music programs of the participating schools which this year includes: Edmonds-Woodway, Garfield, Mountlake Terrace, Newport and Roosevelt. The show will be held on Friday, April 15th at 7:00 p.m.

“The caliber of jazz talent in our region is the envy of programs across the country,” said James Keblas, Director of the Seattle Office of Film and Music and emcee for this year’s event, “Hot Java Cool Jazz is a truly unique event that not only proves Seattle is a great city of music, but one that allows us to invest in the young musicians who will ensure that continues to be true.”

This special night of performance, showcases the talent that is bringing Puget Sound jazz programs national accolades. Since 1999, Hot Java Cool Jazz participants have earned top honors at Essentially Ellington, the preeminent competition for high school jazz held at the New York’s Lincoln Center each spring.

“Every year, Hot Java Cool Jazz becomes increasingly important as funding for arts education programs continues to be at risk,” said Kris Engskov, regional vice president for Starbucks Pacific Northwest. “Starbucks is extremely proud to of this event and to be able to support local music programs. We want to help ensure that Seattle continues to be as known for our music scene as we are for our coffee.”

Since 1995, Starbucks Hot Java Cool Jazz has raised more than $200,000 for participating schools’ music programs. These critically needed funds help the bands cover competition, equipment and travel costs. Total ticket sales (less production and administrative fees) are split among the performing bands. Last year’s event raised $35,000 for local programs. In addition to Hot Java Cool Jazz, Starbucks supports local arts education through Seattle Theatre Group’s More Music at the Moore and Dance This.

Last year’s event sold out, so fans are encouraged to buy tickets in advance at the Paramount Theatre box office, online or surcharge-free at select Starbucks stores starting today for $18 (adults) and $11 (seniors/students with ID). Proceeds from the tickets sold at the Starbucks store closest to each school will go to that school’s music program. For more information on the show, participating bands and other upcoming Starbucks events in Seattle please visit

Participating Starbucks include:

Cedar Plaza- Mountlake Terrace (ticket sales benefit Mountlake Terrace H.S.)
22803 44th Ave W.
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043

Highway 99 (ticket sales benefit Edmonds-Woodway H.S.)
21920 Highway 99
Edmonds, WA 98206

University Village
4634 26th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 522-5228

Roosevelt Square (ticket sales benefit Roosevelt H.S.)
6417 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115

23rd & Jackson (ticket sales benefit Garfield H.S.)
2300 South Jackson
Suite A
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 726-0502

Loehmann’s Plaza (ticket sales benefit Newport H.S.)
3560C 128th Avenue SE
Bellevue, WA 98006
(425) 747-9441

Loehmann’s Plaza II
3720 SE 128th Street
Bellevue, WA 98006
(425) 562-7041


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