Bellevue Jazz Festival tickets for the Branford Marsalis Quartet and Spanish Harlem Orchestra will go on sale today, Friday, March 28, 2008, at 10 a.m.

Three-time Grammy Award winning saxophonist and Marsalis Music label founder Branford Marsalis will lead the quartet in a Friday, May 23, performance at Meydenbauer Center. The Spanish Harlem Orchestra (SHO), a 13-member Latin jazz ensemble and Grammy winner directed by musician and producer Oscar Hernández, will perform Saturday, May 24, at Meydenbauer Center.

Tickets for both performances will be available online through TicketsWest ( and at participating QFC and Rudy’s Barbershop stores. A complete line up of Bellevue Jazz Festival events is also online at

Tickets for the Branford Marsalis Quartet will range from $20 for reserved seating to $75 for Golden Circle table seating near the stage. Spanish Harlem Orchestra tickets will run from $30 for general admission to $60 Golden Circle table seating near the stage.

The Bellevue Jazz Festival, produced by the Bellevue Downtown Association, begins April 9 with an all-star line-up of regional artists performing free Wednesday night concerts throughout Downtown Bellevue. Audiences will hear vocalists Greta Matassa and Gail Pettis, trumpeter Thomas Marriott, percussionist Ben Thomas, Gypsy jazz band Pearl Django and the Brazilian jazz trio of Jovino Santos Neto.

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