Jazz is back: Founder notes and musical notes

It’s May, and along with soaking up Southcentral’s unfurling spring green, we also listen for he rustle and rhythm of Spenard Jazz Fest 2018, now in its 11th year.

On the next Hometown Alaska, we’ll welcome founder and musician Yngvil Vatn Guttu and two festival artists. Dan MacElrath of the Dan Mac Trio and John “Pypes” Teamer will tease to their ‘Wonder of Wonders’ (as in Stevie Wonder) festival event. Yngvil will bring at least one instrument to play, yes! Between their tunes we’ll talk about festival sustainability, lessons learned, the vitality of volunteers, panels for local musicians and what’s new this year, including symbiosis with the Alaska Independent Musician Initiative (AKIMI).

Thanks for listening!


HOSTKathleen McCoy


  • Yngvil Vatn Guttu, Spenard Jazz Fest founder, performer
  • Dan MacElrath, Dan Mac Trio, ‘Wonder of Wonders’
  • John “Pypes” Teamer, ‘Wonder of Wonders’



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LIVE: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

REPEAT: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.