The stage is set for Starbucks 17th Annual Hot Java Cool Jazz to once again delight Seattle-area jazz fans as the region’s top young high school musicians come together for a special show at the Paramount Theatre. Proceeds from the night’s performances benefit the music programs of the participating schools which this year includes: Garfield, Edmonds-Woodway, Mountlake Terrace, Roosevelt and Ballard. The show will be held on Friday, March 30 at 7:00pm. Since its inception in 1995, Starbucks Hot Java Cool Jazz has raised more than $250,000 for participating schools’ music programs.

Hot Java Cool Jazz is close to our hearts at Starbucks not only because it allows us to celebrate great young musical talent from our hometown and hear great jazz, but because it’s also an investment in arts education, so valued by this community,” said Rodney Hines, director of Community Investments for Starbucks. “We are extremely proud of this event and the impact it has on these outstanding local music programs.”

This special night of performance, showcases the talent that is bringing Puget Sound jazz programs national accolades. Hot Java Cool Jazz participants regularly earn top honors at Essentially Ellington, the preeminent national competition for high school jazz held at the New York’s Lincoln Center each spring.

Total proceeds from ticket sales are split among the performing bands. Last year’s event raised $40,000 for local programs. Last year’s show sold out, so fans are encouraged to buy tickets in advance at the Paramount Theatre, online HERE or surcharge-free at select Starbucks’ for $20 (all ages). Proceeds from the tickets sold at the Starbucks store closest to each school will go to that school’s music program.

For more information on the show and participating bands as well as other upcoming Starbucks events in Seattle, please visit

The Paramount Theatre is located at:
911 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101


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