Jazz Under The Stars

PLU’s annual Jazz Under the Stars professional summer concert series marked its seventeenth year this summer. This series is FREE to the public, our gift to our community.

The 2017 series will begin on Thursday, July 6 in the outdoor amphitheater of the Mary Baker Russell Music Center on the PLU campus. Bring your lawn chairs and your picnic food. Free coffee, select wine and beers, and snacks for sale are available. The series is sponsored by the PLU music department.

Let me say again that this series is FREE to the public and runs Thursdays for six weeks, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Music faculty member Paul Tegels offers an intermission performance on the world-famous Fuchs pipe organ in our beautiful Lagerquist Hall. There is free coffee every week, snacks for sale, and stargazing after the last three concerts at PLU’s Keck Observatory, weather permitting, courtesy of the PLU physics department and the Tacoma Astronomical Society. Speaking of weather, JUTS concerts are NEVER cancelled due to weather. On days with inclement weather, concerts will be held in Lagerquist Concert Hall of the Mary Baker Russell Music Center.

The lineup for the 2017 series will be posted as soon as it is finalized in the spring.

The 2016 series included:

  • July 7: Casey McGill Orchestra (Seattle vintage swing band)
  • July 14: The Keith Henson Octet
  • July 21: Olympia Jazz Tentette
  • July 28: Wendy Gilles (New York vocalist and PLU alum)
  • August 4: Eugenie Jones (NW vocalist of the year)
  • August 11: Greta Matassa (Internationally-renowned Seattle vocalist)

Read more about the artists performing!

Jazz under the stars in the Mary Baker Russell outdoor amphitheater
Jazz Under the Stars concert lineup announced

Jazz Under The Stars Logo 2011