This week on State of Art we’re talking with Spenard Jazz Fest director Yngvil Vatn Guttu. She tells us about pivoting to a virtual fest, what’s happened so far, and what’s coming up. She also tells us about their efforts to raise money for struggling musicians with the Spenard Jazz Fest COVID-19 Relief Fund.
Keeping with the theme, we also hear from a local historian who recently wrote a column about the colorful character Joe Spenard. We learn about Spenard’s shady past, why we have a neighborhood and road named after him and the legend of how Spenard Road got its curves from a drunken cow.
Spenard Jazz Fest runs from May 16 – June 7