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
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.
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.
7:30 p.m. Friday, June 3 | Theatre at Meydenbauer Center | $25 (Students $10)
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 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.