Announcement, June 29,2020 


Given the current COVID-19 conditions in Spokane County and the assessment of the public health authorities, unfortunately, we are unable to have the concert scheduled for July 25th.  “The Great American Songbook, Then & Now,” with guest artist Keleren Millham, originally scheduled for May 23rd and then re-scheduled for July 25, 2020, is cancelled.


REFUNDS/DONATIONS: If you purchased your SJO tickets with a credit card, TicketsWest will automatically issue a refund for the Great American Songbook concert to that same credit card; please contact TicketsWest if your refund is not processed soon, or if you purchased tickets through TicketsWest with a check. We are deeply appreciative that some SJO patrons donated their TicketsWest automatic refund when the March “Gershwin” concert was cancelled. We thank in advance those who might again do the same.


If you purchased your season tickets through the Spokane Jazz Society with a check, you have three choices. Please email Board Treasurer Melinda Keberle at to indicate which option you have chosen.

  1. You would like to apply the ticket cost of the two cancelled concerts as a credit toward your next season ticket purchase.

  2. You are requesting a refund check for the two cancelled concerts.

  3. You are donating the ticket price of the cancelled concerts to the Spokane Jazz Society, the nonprofit that puts on the SJO concerts. Your gift will help SJO weather this difficult time and be an investment in the continuation of our 45-year tradition of community-supported big band jazz music.


2020/21 SEASON:  The Board of Trustees is committed to bringing back live SJO concerts as soon as it is safe for our audience and musicians. We will be monitoring the situation and paying attention to the guidance of the health authorities.  When we are able to plan a new season with some confidence, we will share the dates, concert themes and guest artists. However, we currently assess that December is the earliest we may start our 46th season.


VIRTUAL CONCERT: SJO is still hoping to live stream a concert (without an audience) as a gift and thank you to our patrons. As soon as we are assured it is safe for the musicians, we will let you know the date and details. It is our understanding that Spokane Country must be in Phase 3 before we can convene the band to play.


THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT & PATIENCE: We are thankful to have such a loyal audience who appreciates big band jazz and our wonderful musicians. We look forward to having you in the audience as soon as it is advisable. In the meantime, we hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather and that you and yours are staying safe and healthy.

There’s nothing else like it – music that sings to your soul from some of the best jazz musicians in the Northwest.

We keep our standard of music high and the cost of tickets low to make our concerts accessible to members of our community. SJO concerts are an amazing value.

Each concert features a guest artist, a vocalist or musician who helps shape the music for that evening.

We are a non-profit organization with a mission beyond our concerts – we support jazz music education for middle and high school students in our community.

The Spokane Jazz Orchestra, founded in 1975, is the longest continuously performing community-supported jazz orchestra in the U.S.


Our four annual concerts in September, December, March and May are held at The Bing in downtown Spokane, a beautiful venue near restaurants, hotels, wine tasting, local breweries and shopping.


Make a night of it!

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