Cool Jazz, Clean Water Festival

November 21, 2015 all-day
Wahington Center for the Performing Arts
512 Washington St SE
Olympia, WA 98501


The Rotary Clubs of Thurston County initiated the Cool Jazz/Clean Water Event in 2001 as a way to raise funds for an International Humanitarian Project that included water projects in Malawi Africa.  That first event combined the offering of a unique venue for area high school jazz bands to participate in an adjudicated music event, and an evening Jazz Concert for the community.  The net proceeds from this ticketed and sponsored event of about $20,000 went to the water projects in Malawi.

Over the next thirteen years, the event has evolved into a program that is presented as “Cool Jazz/Clean Water Capital Jazz Festival and Wine Tasting Event”, with the net proceeds being split with about 40% going to a Rotary Sponsored water project in Africa; 40% going to the purchase of new band instruments and refurbishing used instruments for the four local School Districts to make available to low income students; and 20% going to a jointly planned “working together for youth” workshop attended by leaders from the Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Boy and Girls Scouts and the YMCA programs, plus others.

Event Schedule and more details coming soon.