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
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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
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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)
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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)
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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.

Save KPLU at Jazz Alley

Photos by Jim Levitt

A sold out crowd enjoyed a wonderful concert at Jazz Alley by many of the Seattle area’s best jazz musicians. The proceeds go toward the $7 Million Save KPLU campaign.

The event featured performances by Gail Pettis, Anton Schwartz, Greta Matassa, Lance Buller, Thomas Marriott, Dave Peck, Pearl Django. The house rhythm section was Bill Anschell, Phil Sparks and Matt Jorgensen.

Ballard Jazz Festival: May 11-14, 2016

Mike Stern headlines the 2016 Ballard Jazz Festival

Embracing the unique & vibrant community feel of Old Town Ballard, the Ballard Jazz Festival celebrates its fourteenth year with four days of modern American music in venues ranging from clubs & bars, to store fronts, shops, and finally, the Nordic Heritage Museum’s concert stage.

The festival kicks off Wednesday with 2 nights of themed events at Ballard Avenue’s Conor Byrne Pub – the BROTHERHOOD OF THE DRUM, featuring three bands led by acclaimed drummers including TARIK ABOUZIED, GREGG KEPLINGER, and JOHN BISHOP, and THE GUITAR SUMMIT, with a creative mix of guitarists including COREY CHRISTIANSEN, DAVE PETERSON, TIM VOLPICELLA, and Northwest icon, JOHN STOWELL.

The perennially-packed Friday night BALLARD JAZZ WALK features many of the Northwest’s finest jazz musicians along with visiting artists. One ticket covers 19 bands in 9 venues along historic Ballard Avenue with their doors open to streets full of jazz lovers. Artists include Corey Christiansen, Marina Albero, Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder, Dawn Clement & Mark Taylor’s Lineup!, George Colligan Quartet, Wayne Horvitz and The Royal We, Julian MacDonough Trio, Gail Pettis, Jacob Zimmerman, Table & Chairs Label Showcase, Kareem Kandi, Todd Bishop Group, Steve Grigg’s Panama Hotel Project, and more.

Saturday’s events start at 11:00am with the SWEDISH PANCAKE JAZZ BRUNCH at the Nordic Heritage Museum along with a classic auto show presented by Washington’s vintage Volvo/Saab Sports Club. The evening’s MAINSTAGE CONCERT is hosted by Seattle jazz treasure Jim Wilke and features performances by the legendary guitar Mike Stern, with the George Colligan Trio, and New York pianist Hal Galper, with his trio. Prior to the concert will be a reception and a showing of 1970s jazz photographs from New York photographer Tom Marcello.

Chano Domínguez at the Triple Door – May 7

Chano Dominguez Trio
Saturday, May 7 / 7:30pm
THE TRIPLE DOOR
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Latin Grammy award winner and internationally renowned pianist and composer Chano Domínguez​ brings his signature flamenco jazz to the Triple Door on Saturday, May 7 at 7:30PM ​for one night only. From his roots in Andalucia, Chano serves up fresh compositions and re­imagines standards from Miles Davis to Manuel de Falla, all filtered through the lens of traditional flamenco forms: the soulful tangos, the exuberant bulerías and seguidillas, and the bluesy soleá. He will be joined by bassist Jeff Johnson ​and drummer John Bishop​.

Growing up playing guitar in a family of traditional musicians in Cadiz, Chano switched to the piano when he heard the music of Thelonius Monk and Bill Evans. Since then, he has collaborated with top artists in both jazz and flamenco: Wynton Marsalis, Paquito D’Rivera, Herbie Hancock, Paco de Lucia, Tomatito, and many others. Today, he tours internationally and has recorded numerous albums including “Flamenco Sketches” which gave a Spanish flavor to Miles Davis’ classic album “Kind of Blue.” His compositions have been played by WDR Big Band, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Latvia Symphonic Orchestra, and Ballet Nacional de Espana. Domínguez won a Latin Grammy for the soundtrack of the movie Calle 54 (2001), directed by Fernando Trueba, as well as a Grammy nomination for best Latin Jazz Album category with “Flamenco Sketches” (2012) and “Bendito” (2016). Seattle audiences got their first taste of Chano’s music last October, when he performed at Teatro Zinzanni as part of the 2015 Earshot Festival. Tickets are $30

Mack Avenue Superband at The Triple Door tonight

Tuesday, April 5 / 7:00 & 9:30pm
MACK AVENUE SUPERBAND
The Triple Door
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“These are musicians with the cojones to play as part of an ensemble, where the whole is more important than the parts.” SEATTLEPI.COM

The lineup for this night is:

Tia Fuller / Saxophone
Kirk Whalum / Saxophone
Christian McBride / Bass
Christian Sands / Piano
Carl Allen / Drums

The MACK AVENUE SUPERBAND has become synonymous with stellar line-ups consisting of established and up and coming jazz artists with pronounced identities and original grooves. This year’s group presented exclusively for the 2015-2016 season and featuring Gary Burton and Christian McBride as musical directors, tops them all.