History and Mission

2020 will mark the 25th year, the Sitka Jazz Festival has been bringing professional jazz musicians from around the world to the island community of Sitka, Alaska to teach, inspire, and perform.



The Festival strives to teach music appreciation, skills, history, artistic expression, and cross-cultural understanding through jazz in a supportive environment. Visiting artists and local educators  provide clinics in jazz history, jazz theory, and jazz improvisation, as well as a variety of individual instrument and section-specific workshops.



Student performances are non-competitive, with an emphasis on cooperation and appreciation. Large ensembles perform for adjudication and for the public.