Spenard Jazz Fest under way

Mike Dunham
Yngvil Vatn Guttu and Becky Kendall rehearse for the 2011 Spenard Jazz Fest.
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Duke Russell, on ladder, along with other art enthusiasts, contribute their talents to the 2005 annual community mural painting at Blaine's Art Supply store. All are welcome to join in creating this year's mural on June 9 to musical accompaniment as part of the Spenard Jazz Fest.
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Yngvil Vatn Guttu and Rick Zelinsky perform at 2011's Spenard Jazz Fest.
Photo courtesy Yngvil Vatn Guttu

The annual Spenard Jazz Fest is under way through Saturday. Here are a few of the highlights.

Today: Melissa Bledsoe Band Jazz Brunch, noon- 2 p.m., Organic Oasis, $5 suggested donation

Monday: After Dark Jazz Jam, 9 p.m., Tap Root, free

Tuesday: Jazz on Film, 7 p.m., Out North, $15

Wednesday: Art Party and Lounge, 6 p.m.-late, The Anchor Pub, free

Thursday: Live and Moving -- Poets in Full Meter, with poets, dancers and musicians, 7 p.m., Organic Oasis, $15

Friday: Originals (Day 1), original work by Joe Craig, Yngvil Vatn Guttu and Rick Zelinsky, 7 p.m. Organic Oasis, $15

Saturday:

• Jazz at the Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Spenard Farmer's Market, free

• Altered Arts -- Jazzy Mural Painting, the annual mural painting at Blaines accompanied by live jazz, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Blaines Art Supply, free

• Originals (Day 2), original work by Alex Cruver Trio, Elite 9, Lee Pulliam, John Damberg, Tyler Desjarlais and Phil Knowlton, 4 p.m.-late, Organic Oasis, $15

Reach Mike Dunham at mdunham@adn.com or 257-4332.


By MIKE DUNHAM
Anchorage Daily News