The JazzLIVE at Marine View concert series began in March 2009 as a subtle outreach to residents of Tacoma and Federal Way and beyond. My passion for jazz (since the mid-70's) and my passion to reach out to the community and to shine a light on Marine View prompted my proposal to Session on the idea.
The first concert (featuring guitarist Michael Powers) drew over 200 people, and with subsequent concerts building a solid and loyal following of music lovers, the series started its trek toward being a self-supporting entity at Marine View. Admission has and will always be free to all ages; donations collected have beautifully covered the very very fair artist compensation guarantee agreed upon well in advance of each booking.
Over the first 8 years of the series, audiences have been exposed to the very best jazz musicians and vocalists in the Pacific Northwest and, on many occasions, other parts of the country. Traditional jazz, smooth jazz, Latin jazz, vocal jazz, gypsy jazz, swing, jazz fusion, big band, jazz rock - you name it, we have offered it.
Over the series, we have averaged attendance of 235 and have had almost 20 concerts with attendance between 300-400. Through the generous donations from those who attend JazzLIVE, we have built a reserve fund of approximately $3000 for future concerts and administrative costs.
The satisfaction of the artists, with the warm reception of a musically-educated audience, is exceeded only by the audience itself that has claimed "ownership" of their jazz series. The byproduct is the recognition of Marine View as being that "cool church that has that great jazz series" and the growing number of people who have plugged into activities and worship at Marine View through first attending the series.