“Tacoma’s newest jazz event won’t just offer six hours of the Northwest’s best jazz musicians across nine downtown venues. Nor is it only a great opportunity to explore the Antique Row-Triangle district on foot, with its breweries, wine shops and restaurants. The big thing about the first Tacoma Jazz Walk is that it supports a new organization — the Tacoma Jazz Association — that is committed to high quality, weekly shows and mentoring the city’s young jazz musicians.
“We’re unique in our programming and in the focus on straight-ahead jazz,” said Kareem Kandi, saxophonist and director of the Tacoma Jazz Association, which is putting on the Jazz Walk. “That’s also the focus of the association — our artists are some of the best musicians in the world. It’s rare to see that kind of programming in Tacoma. And we can bring them in and offer workshops and clinics (for students).”“