GSCC Member Organization

The Offbeats Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Mailing Address:
1103 NW 63rd St.
Seattle, WA 98107
Electronic Contact:
Artistic Director: Kelley Johnson
Founded: 2001
Next Anniversary: 2020–2021 academic year
Ensemble Type: Adult Auditioned Community Jazz Choir
(A basic audition required. Previous experience, basic sight reading, jazz appreciation desirable.)
Size: 17 members
Rehearses: Thursdays, 7:30pm during the Academic Year at Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Seattle, WA


The Offbeats Vocal Jazz Ensemble is an 17-member group of men and women who perform high-caliber vocal jazz arrangements in a variety of styles written for up to eight parts. With internationally acclaimed Seattle jazz vocalist Kelley Johnson as musical director, the group strives towards excellence in musicality and performance. Accompanied by Seattle’s top jazz musicians, the Offbeats perform with a professional rhythm section led by accomplished jazz pianist, John Hansen. While the primary focus is ensemble singing, small group and solo opportunities are an integral part of the Offbeats experience. The Offbeats perform at a variety of area jazz clubs, neighborhood concert hall, live theaters, retirement homes, community events and local jazz festivals.

The Offbeats is a member of Seattle Glee Clubs, a community-based music organization that is committed to providing adult amateur singers with choral experiences that are rich, rewarding and fun. We are also dedicated to sharing our music with our audiences to deepen their appreciation of the music we perform, and to demonstrate the joyous and important role music can play, even in the lives of busy adults.

The Offbeats Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Copyright 2016 Marc Hoffman/
The Offbeats Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Copyright 2016 Marc Hoffman/