Live jazz concerts returning to Dash Point area church

Marine View Church is resurrecting its free live jazz sessions at the church, featuring local and international acts just a half-mile west of Dash Point State Park.

“Jazz Live” ran from 2009 to 2020 for a total of 115 concerts, but closed about three years ago, like many live music programs, due to the coronavirus.

Jim Foster, organizer and emcee of the event, held a couple of concerts last year and had enough positive feedback that he said he felt motivated to bring the program back in full force this year.

Foster and his family are longtime members of the Presbyterian church, and Foster sings in one of the praise bands. He has also served twice as an Elder.

Live music isn’t always easy to find in a suburban commuter city like Federal Way. In the Jazz Live program, Foster hopes to help rectify that situation by bringing talented artists to the local level.

“This is a very high level of jazz,” he said. “These are the best of the best that we have in our region, and I quite often pull from (outside) of the Seattle-Tacoma area,” Foster said.

The program typically feature two 50-minute sets with a 20 minute intermission, Foster said. They’ll host concerts each month except in July and August, which gives Foster time off to prepare the rest of the season while most people are out enjoying the weather.

The first of four concerts this spring — a show with Portland-based jazz/pop vocalist Michael Winkle and his quintet — has already passed, but there are three more scheduled this spring:

Sunday, April 2: Barcelona pianist and composer Marina Albero and her quartet.

Sunday, May 7: Tacoma-based jazz group Pearl Django.

Sunday, June 4: L.A. based Lao Tizer Quartet, featuring American Idol finalist and vocalist Elliott Yamin.

Each set is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and free to all ages. The church is located at 8469 Eastside Drive NE, Tacoma. Visit or call 253-229-9206.