Bellevue Jazz and Blues Festival: June 1-5

The Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival celebrates community and the creative power of music. We invite the community to explore and share their passion for live jazz and blues at the Eastside’s premier showcase for top national and regional artists.

2016 Featured Artists

McTuff
9 p.m. Wednesday, June 1 | Bake’s Place | $15
Reserve seats

The Seattle-based funk and jazz band began in 2008 as an ode to jazz organ greats Jimmy Smith and Captain Jack McDuff. The three-person ensemble is known for playing powerful funk and jazz led by Joe Doria’s hard-hitting Hammond B3 organ.

Lee Oskar & Special Guests
9 p.m. Thursday, June 2 | Bake’s Place | $25
Reserve seats

Known for his unique, cross-over blend of blues and jazz, funk, Latin and rock, Oskar has been connecting with musical audiences throughout the world for over 40 years. His unique role as a founding member and former lead harmonica player for the pioneer funk/jazz group that brought the world such hits as, “The World is a Ghetto”, “Why Can’t We Be Friends”, “Slippin’ into Darkness”, “Cisco Kid”, “Lowrider” and many more, won him international renown for over two and a half decades.
Etienne Charles
7:30 p.m. Friday, June 3 | Theatre at Meydenbauer Center | $25 (Students $10)
Buy tickets

Trinidadian born Trumpeter/Percussionist Etienne Charles brings his fiery brand of calypso, reggae and other Afro-Caribbean musics into a modern jazz conception. Having already recorded three impressive and well-received albums, his new album, Creole Soul, is a captivating journey of new jazz expression. Charles is one of the most compelling and exciting young jazz artists ushering the genre into a groundbreaking new territory. He is also the Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at Michigan State University.

Shemekia Copeland
7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 4 | Theatre at Meydenbauer Center | $30 (Students $15)
Buy tickets: 7 p.m. | 9:30 p.m.

Shemekia Copeland showcases a wide-open vision of contemporary blues, roots and soul music. She recorded her first album at 18 years old which was well-received by music fans around the world. Copeland went on to record three Grammy-nominated albums between 2000 and 2005, earning her eight Blues Music Awards. Most recently, her album Outskirts of Love was nominated for a 2016 Grammy for Best Blues Album. She has sung with Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Carlos Santana and James Cotton.

Photos: Evan Flory-Barnes at the 2013 Bellevue Jazz Festival

Photos by Daniel Sheehan, EyeShotJazz.com

Bassist and composer Evan Flory-Barnes opened for Kendrick Scott at the 2013 Bellevue Jazz Festival with a wonderful group of artists and played some beautiful new compositions. Evan Flory-Barnes on Bass, Dawn Clement on Piano, Craig Flory on Winds, Art Brown on Winds, Ahamefule J. Oluo on Trumpet, Josiah Boothby on French Horn, Nathan Vetter on Trombone, Jon Hansen on Tuba and  Jeremy Jones on Drums

See all the photos at EyeShotJazz.com

Friday Jazz

Kendrick Scott Oracle opening by Evan Flory-Barnes ($24 / $12 student)
Theatre at Meydenbauer Center

Kendrick Scott is highly regarded as one of the premier drummers of his generation as shown by the New York Times naming him one of “Five Drummers Whose Time Is Now” … [ more ]

4:30 PM – Karin Kajita Duo, Lincoln Square 1st Floor [ FREE ]

6:00 PM – Collaborative Works Jazz Trio, Paddy Coyne’s Bellevue [ FREE ]

6:00 PM – June Tonkin, El Gaucho Bellevue * [ FREE ]

8:00 PM – Clipper Anderson Trio, 1Hundred Bistro & Bar [ FREE ]

8:00 PM – Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder, Bake’s Place

8:00 PM – Danny Quintero, Cypress Lounge and Wine Bar at The Westin Bellevue * [ FREE ]

9:00 PM – Collaborative Works Jazz Trio, Black Bottle Postern * [ FREE ]

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Bill Anschell Standards Trio with Jeff Johnson and D’Vonne Lewis
2214 2nd Ave, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

JAZZ ALLEY: Spanish Harlem Orchestra
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30 & 10:00pm

HIROSHI’S: Jazz and Sushi
2501 Eastlake Ave E, 726-4966

LATONA PUB: Phil Sparks Trio
6423 Latona Avenue NE, 5:00 – 7:00pm, No Cover, 21+

SERAFINA: John Sanders & Sue Nixon
2043 Eastlake Ave E, 206-323-0807, 9pm

VITO’S: Lushy!
927 9th Ave, Seattle, 206-682-2695, 9:00pm

GRAZIE: Andre Thomas and Quiet Fire
23207 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Bothell, 425-402-9600, 7:00pm

UNCLE THURMS: Friday night jazz
3709 South G Street, Tacoma, (253) 475-1881, 7:30pm

SORRENTO HOTEL: Rochelle House
900 Madison St, 206-622-6400, 8:00pm

THE ROYAL ROOM: Piano Royale/ Curtis Hammond Band
5000 Rainier Avenue South, 8:00pm

BOXLEY’S: Milo Peterson Trio
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

Kendrick Scott at Bellevue Jazz Festival

from The Seattle Times:

Kendrick Scott (pictured), one of the hottest young drummers in jazz, headlines the Bellevue Jazz Festival next week with his group Oracle, which features probing ex-Seattle pianist Aaron Parks. Scott, a man with a message who deals deftly with politics and spirituality — on his recent album, “Conviction,” he does Sufjan Stevens’ “Too Much” and Herbie Hancock’s “I Have a Dream” — is joined by saxophonist John Ellis, guitarist Matt Stevens and bassist Joe Sanders. Appropriately, Seattle bassist Evan Flory-Barnes, who also soaks his music in meaning, opens the show. The festival features pianist Cyrus Chestnut with vibraphonist Stefon Harris, as well as more than 40 acts at various venues in the Bellevue downtown core and runs from Wednesday through June 2. Oracle performs at 7:30 p.m. May 31 at the Theatre at Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St., Bellevue; $12-$24 (425-453-1223 or www.bellevuejazz.com).

Jazz Northwest previews Bellevue Jazz Festival and remembers Josh Wolff

Bellevue

The Sixth Annual Bellevue Jazz Festival starts next Wednesday and runs through the weekend.  There will be more than 40 live free performances in restaurants and other public areas in downtown Bellevue, plus three headliner concerts featuring Carlos Cascante y su Tumbao, Kendrick Scott Oracle, and the Cyrus Chestnut Trio + Stefon Harris.   We’ll preview the festival and provide more info about other jazz events on Jazz Northwest, Sunday, May 26 at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KPLU and kplu.org.

JoshWolffWe’ll also remember pianist Joshua Wolff who began his too short but celebrated career in Seattle and ended last weekend in New York when he succumbed to cancer at the age of 39.  There’s also music this week with Chris Amemiya, Jay Thomas, Clipper Anderson and others.

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU. The program airs Sundays at 2 PM Pacific.  A podcast of the program is also available at kplu.org following the broadcast.

Seattle Times: Bellevue Jazz Festival gets into the groove Wednesday

from The Seattle Times:

The Bellevue Jazz Festival, which runs through Sunday and features national touring acts, regional players and local student bands, kicks off Wednesday, May 30, in six venues. Of particular interest over the four days are headliners The Clayton Brothers (Thursday), featuring bassist John Clayton, who books the Port Townsend and Lionel Hampton jazz festivals); funky keyboard ace Booker T. Jones (Friday), of the great ’60s group Booker T. & the MGs; and jazz flutist Hubert Laws (Saturday).

Also notable Saturday is a rare performance by Seattle vocalist and former club owner Patti Summers. On Sunday, nationally-known pianist George Colligan plays with Seattle trumpeter Thomas Marriott’s group Human Spirit and a program at Bake’s Place celebrates “rising stars” with the release of the latest KPLU “School of Jazz” CD, a compilation of student ensembles.

Admission to Bellevue Jazz Festival shows range from free to $34; headliner packages are available for $78 (800-838-3006 or bellevuejazz.com).

Continue reading at The Seattle Times.

Wednesday Jazz

BELLEVUE JAZZ FESTIVAL:

4:30 PM – Murl Allen Sanders Duo
Lincoln Square 1st Floor

6:00 PM – June Tonkin
El Gaucho Bellevue

8:00 PM – Thomas Marriott
Grand Cru Mixologie Lounge

8:00 PM – Tom Grant
Bake’s Place

9:00 PM – Stephanie Porter Quartet
Lot No. 3

9:00 PM – Lamar Lofton’s Rhythm Quartet with special guest Assia Hamani
520 Bar & Grill

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Greta Matassa Jazz Workshop
2214 2nd Ave, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

NEW ORLEANS: The Legacy Band with Clarence Acox
114 First Ave S, 206-622-2563, 7:00pm

JAZZ ALLEY: Pearl Django
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30pm

BAKE’S PLACE: Tom Grant
155 108th Ave NE, Bellevue, (425) 454-2776, 8:00pm

BOXLEY’S: Hans Teuber Trio
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

VITO’S: Wally Shoup Quartet
927 Ninth Avenue, Seattle, 206-397-4053, 9:00pm

418 PUBLIC HOUSE: 418 session w/ Claudio Rochat-Felix
418 NW 65th St, 9:00pm

NORTH CITY BISTRO: Fm Duo
1520 NE 177th, Shoreline, (206) 365-4447, 7:00pm

ROYAL ROOM: Piano Starts Here: The Music of Thelonius Monk
5000 Rainier Avenue South, 8:00pm

LUCID: Cyclophonics
5241 University Ave NE, 206-402-3042, 9:00pm

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE:
7pm – Lisa Eve Knight (vocals), with Chris Morton (piano), Michael Marcus (bass) and Ed Littlefield (drums)
9pm – Rick Mandyck Trio, with John Bishop (drums), Jeff Johnson (bass) and Rick Mandyck (piano)
707 NW Market Street, 206-789-1621

Bellevue Jazz Festival starts tomorrow

The 2012 edition of the Bellevue Jazz Festival kicks off tomorrow night, Wednesday, May 30 and runs through Sunday, June 3.

This year’s headliners include The Clayton Brothers, organist Booker T. Jones and flutist Hubert Laws.

In addition to the festival’s headliner performances, more than 40 free shows by top regional jazz artists and talented student musicians will take place throughout the weekend in restaurants, bars, and cultural spaces in downtown Bellevue.

All headliner performances are held at the 410-seat Theatre at Meydenbauer Center, one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier performing arts venues.

Thursday, May 31, 8:00 p.m.
Clayton Brothers Quintet
The GRAMMY-nominated Clayton Brothers Quintet was formed in 1977 by brothers John and Jeff, and while their paths sometimes diverged, the brothers continue to share a common musical vision. The quintet also consists of John’s and GRAMMY-nominee Gerald Clayton on piano, Obed Calvaire on drums, and Terell Stafford, a highly regarded trumpeter and band-leader. $34 ($17 students)

Friday, June 1, 8:00 p.m.
Booker T. Jones
Booker T. Jones is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, record producer and arranger, and four-time GRAMMY Award winner, but he is best known as the front-man of the band Booker T. and the MGs. Jones was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, and was honored with a Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award in 2007. In 2011, Jones released The Road from Memphis and in 2012 the album won Best Pop Instrumental Album at the 54th GRAMMY Awards. $34 ($17 students)

Saturday, June 2, 8:00 p.m.
Hubert Laws Quintet
Internationally-renowned flutist Hubert Laws is one of the few classical artists who has also mastered jazz, pop, and rhythm-and-blues genres – moving effortlessly from one repertory to another. Winner of the prestigious 2011 NEA Jazz Masters Award, Laws has appeared as a soloist with orchestras around the world. Members of the Quintet include David Budway on acoustic piano, John Leftwich on bass, Ralph Penland on drums, and Rob Mullins on synth keyboard. $34 ($17 students)

For more information, and for a complete schedule, visit the Bellevue Jazz Festival website.

 

Bellevue Jazz Festival Presale Savings

Tickets to the Bellevue Jazz Festival go on sale to the general public tomorrow, but as a reader of Seattle Jazz Scene you can buy tickets at 30% off until midnight tonight!

Go to the Bellevue Jazz Festival Brown Paper Tickets page, select an event and use promo code PRESALE.

Headliners this year include the Clayton Brothers Quintet, Booker T. Jones, and the Hubert Laws Quintet.

For complete information, visit http://bellevuejazz.com.

Sunday Jazz

BELLEVUE JAZZ FESTIVAL, DAY 5

3:00pm: Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra plus The Festival’s Rising Stars
Theatre at Meydenbauer Center

The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra (SRJO) is the Northwest’s premier big band jazz ensemble made up of the most prominent jazz soloists and band leaders in the greater Seattle area … [ more ]

12:00pm: Bill Anschell Trio (Sherman Clay of Bellevue)
11:00am: Dina Blade Trio (Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill)
11:15am: Eckstein Middle School Jazz Combo (Bellevue Arts Museum)
12:30pm: Bellevue High School Jazz Combo (Bellevue Arts Museum)
1:45pm: Sammamish High School Jazz Combo (Bellevue Arts Museum)
3:00pm: Edmonds-Woodway High School Jazz Combo (Bellevue Arts Museum)
4:15pm: Newport High School Jazz Combo (Bellevue Arts Museum)
5:30pm: The Kora Band (Rock Bottom Brewery & Restaurant)
6:00pm: Susan Pascal Duo (John Howie Steak)
6:00pm: Primo Kim Trio (El Gaucho Bellevue)

For a complete schedule, click here.

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB:
3pm – Reggie Goings Jazz Offering
8pm – Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra
2214 2nd Ave, 206-443-4221

JAZZ ALLEY: David Benoit
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729

BOXLEY’S: Danny Kolke Trio
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

BAKE’S PLACE:
10am – Sunday Breakfasts w/guitarist Michael Gotz
6:30pm – Tribute to the Rat Pack with Greta Matassa
4135 Providence Point Dr SE, Issaquah, 425-391-3335

CAFE RACER: Racer Sessions: Skiff Feldspar
5828 Roosevelt Way NE, 8pm

DARRELL’S TAVERN: Kevin Mccarthy & Friends Jam Session
18041 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline, 8

FAIRE GALLERY CAFE: Jam w/ Special O.P.S.
1351 E Olive Way, Seattle 206-652-0781

SERAFINA: 11:00am: Alex Guilbert Duo; 6:30pm: Jerry Frank
2043 Eastlake Ave E, 206-323-0807

VITO’S LOUNGE: Ruby Bishop
927 9th Ave, Seattle, 6:00pm

PROHIBITION GRILL: Danny Welsh
1414 Hewitt Ave, Everett, 425-258-6100, 5:00pm

Saturday Jazz

BELLEVUE JAZZ FESTIVAL, DAY 4

7:30pm: Charles Lloyd Quartet featuring Zakir Hussain
Theatre at Meydenbauer Center
[ Buy tickets ]
Charles Lloyd, a legendary saxophonist and composer, was immersed in the rich musical life of Memphis, Tennessee where he was born, and exposed to jazz at an early age. Zakir Hussain, a classical tabla virtuoso, is today appreciated both in the field of percussion and in the music world at large as an international phenomenon and one of the greatest musicians of our time … [ more ]

12:00pm: Bill Anschell Trio (Sherman Clay of Bellevue)
12:45pm: Ingraham High School Jazz Combo (Bellevue Arts Museum)
1:30pm: Jazz Workshop hosted by Bill Anschell (Sherman Clay of Bellevue)
2:00pm: Tyee Middle School Jazz Band (Bellevue Arts Museum)
3:15pm: Hazen High School Jazz Combo (Bellevue Arts Museum)
4:30pm: Edmonds-Woodway High School Jazz Combo (Bellevue Arts Museum)
5:30pm: Marco de Cavalho Duo (Ruth’s Chris Steak House)
5:45pm: Timbercrest Junior High School Jazz Band (Bellevue Arts Museum)
6:00pm: Jake Bergevin Duo (Grand Cru Mixologie Lounge *)
7:00pm: Woodinville High School Jazz Band (Bellevue Arts Museum)
7:00pm: June Tonkin (El Gaucho Bellevue *)
7:00pm: Darrius Willrich Duo (John Howie Steak)
8:00pm: Collier & Dean (Grand Cru Mixologie Lounge *)
8:00pm: Thomas Marriott (Cypress Lounge and Wine Bar at The Westin Bellevue *)
9:00pm: Greg Williamson Quartet (Twisted Cork Lounge at Hyatt Regency Bellevue *)
10:00pm: Origin Records Jam Session – Jam with artists from the Origin Records label (Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Bellevue)

For a complete schedule, click here.

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Gail Pettis Quartet
2214 2nd Ave, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

JAZZ ALLEY: David Benoit
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30 & 10:00pm

BOXLEY’S: Katy Bourne Quartet
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

LAKESIDE BISTRO: Siobhan Brugger
11425 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, 206-772-6891

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE:
7pm – Reverend Rawlings and Ms. B Haven with Emily McFadden (vocals), Josh Rawlings (piano), Nate Omdal (bass) and D’Vonne Lewis (drums); 9pm – The Roy Horn Experience
1707 NW Market Street, 206-789-1621

SERAFINA: Kay Bailey
2043 Eastlake Ave E, 206-323-0807

GRAZIE: Andre Thomas and Quiet Fire
23207 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Bothell, 425-402-9600, 7:00pm

BAKE’S PLACE: Butch Harrison
4135 Providence Point Dr SE, Issaquah, 425-391-3335

VITO’S: Ruby Bishop
927 9th Ave, Seattle, 8:00pm

ST. CLOUDS: Jose Gonzales
1131 34th Ave, Seattle, 206-726-1522

Seattle Times: Bellevue Jazz Festival kicks off with African beat

from The Seattle Times:

The fourth Bellevue Jazz Festival got under way Wednesday with a sumptuous concert at the Meydenbauer Center by violinist Regina Carter and her group Reverse Thread.

Featuring Yacouba Sissoko on kora (21-string harp) and Will Holshouser on accordion, the band performed music from Carter’s 2010 Grammy-nominated album (also called “Reverse Thread”), which presented traditional music from Uganda, Madagascar, Mali and other African cultures, re-imagined for jazz quintet.

Carter’s group played with delicacy and a light touch, weaving the timbres of reedy accordion, violin (bowed and pizzicato) and the fast-flickering strings of the kora into a dazzling tapestry. Their dramatic use of dynamics — playing both loudly and softly and everything in between — was especially refreshing. The music not only lifted spirits but seemed itself to lift off from the ground, floating just above day-to-day reality.

Continue reading at The Seattle Times.

Friday Jazz

BELLEVUE JAZZ FESTIVAL, DAY 3

7:30pm: Tierney Sutton Band plus Luis Perdomo Trio
Theatre at Meydenbauer Center
[ Buy tickets ]
A three-time GRAMMY® nominee for Best Jazz Vocal Album, The Tierney Sutton Band has collaborated for a span of 17 years. Luis Perdomo has made his mark as a performer, a composer and arranger. His fourth record Universal Mind features bandmate in Ravi Coltrane’s band, bassist Drew Gress and master drummer extraordinaire Jack Dejohnette … [ more ]

4:30pm: Karin Kajita Duo (Lincoln Square 1st Floor)
6:00pm: Randy Halberstadt (Grand Cru Mixologie Lounge)
7:00pm: June Tonkin (El Gaucho Bellevue)
7:00pm: Susan Pascal (John Howie Steak)
8:00pm: Gail Pettis Trio (Grand Cru)
8:00pm: Karen Shivers Quartet (Cypress Lounge and Wine Bar at The Westin Bellevue)
9:00pm: Jovino Santos Neto Trio (Twisted Cork Lounge at Hyatt Regency Bellevue)
10:00pm: Music Works Jazz Orchestra & Jam Session – Jam with members of the Music Works Jazz Orchestra (Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Bellevue)

For a complete schedule, click here.

TULA’S JAZZ CLUB: Kelley Johnson Quartet
2214 2nd Ave, 206-443-4221, 7:30pm

JAZZ ALLEY: David Benoit
2033 6th Ave, 206-441-9729, 7:30 & 10:00pm

NEW ORLEANS: Thomas Marriott’s Flexicon
114 First Ave S, 206-622-2563, 8:00pm

EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE: 7:00pm: Jazz Connection; 9:00pm: Rich Pellegrin Quintet CD Release
1707 NW Market Street, 206-789-1621

AMORE: Lonnie Williams
2301 5th Ave, (206) 770-0606

LUCID: The Chris McKarrtet
5241 University Ave NE, 206-402-3042, 9:00pm

BOXLEY’S: Bryant Urban’s Blue Oasis
101 West North Bend Way, North Bend, WA, 425-292-9307, 7:00pm

HIROSHI’S: Soulfinger
2501 Eastlake Ave E, 726-4966

LAKESIDE BISTRO: Greta Matassa w/ Darin Clendenin
11425 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, (206) 772-6891

NORTH CITY BISTRO: Double Scotts On The Rocks
1520 NE 177th, Shoreline, (206) 365-4447, 8:00pm

VITO’S: Casey MacGill
927 9th Ave, Seattle, 8:00pm

GRAZIE: Andre Thomas and Quiet Fire
23207 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Bothell, 425-402-9600, 7:00pm

SERAFINA: Djangomatics
2043 Eastlake Ave E, 206-323-0807

Photos: Regina Carter at Bellevue Jazz Festival

from EyeShotJazz.com


Preeminent violinist Regina Carter put on a fascinatingly beautiful performance tonight as she and her band kicked off the opening performance of the 2011 Bellevue Jazz Festival at the Theatre at Meydenbauer Cente. If the rest of the Festival is half as good as Regina was tonight it will be a festival full of wonderful performances that I will not want to miss.