PO Box 924 | Olympia, WA 98507 | 360.943.9123

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29th Annual Jazz Festival CANCELLED

The Board of Directors of The Greater Olympia Dixieland Jazz Society has decided to CANCEL the 29th Annual “AMERICA’S CLASSIC JAZZ FESTIVAL” scheduled for 25-28 June 2020, due to COVID-19.

All pre-paid tickets sponsoring the jazz festival will be returned by check beginning the week of April 27th.   As of now there are no plans for resurrecting the festival.

We wish to thank all our loyal fans of the past 28 years for their continual support of this great festival.  Looking forward to seeing you on the Dixieland Trail.

Charlotte Dickison, Walt Bowen, Pete & Barbara Pease, Nancy Sachs, Judy Ehresmann, and Karla West.

Festival Background and History

The Greater Olympia Dixieland Jazz Society was conceived in late 1989 by Dixieland musicians Dave McCrary, Terry Strong, and Phil Wayt, along with local Dixieland devotees Janet Haag and Dick Yates.  Their purpose was to organize ardent Dixieland fans in the Thurston County area to promote live Dixieland jazz, and to stage an annual Dixieland jazz festival in the area.  Jazz camp scholarships are to be awarded to youth who qualified and loved the joy of music.  1993 is the first year a scholarship was awarded. To the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Camp.

On June 27, 1990 the Greater Olympia Dixieland Jazz Society was officially founded and incorporated as a non-profit organization in the State of Washington.  By-laws were adopted and the first officers were elected.  The original logo was designed by Frank Oljefski, with later updating by Jerry Herndon.