Bellevue Jazz Festival

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Country and Region United StatesWashington
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Bellevue, Washington, USA
Festival Contact Information

Bellevue Downtown Association
500 108th Avenue NE, Suite 210
Bellevue, WA 98004 USA
Phone: (01) 425-453-1223
Fax: (01) 425-646-6634

Festival Description

Memorial Day weekend the Bellevue Downtown Association has organized jazz concerts whose program includes six free concerts on Wednesday nights. Since 1978 the Bellevue Jazz Festival has brought renowed jazz artist to Bellvue as well as showcases national and regional talent.

Festival Dates May 29 - June 2, 2013
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Festival Events:

Highlighted performers 2013:
  • Cyrus Chestnut Trio plus Stefon Harris
    • Virtuosic and playful, pianist Cyrus Chestnut’s hard swinging, soulful sounds have become a staple in the jazz community. Blending contemporary jazz, traditional jazz and gospel, plus the occasional seasonings of Latin and samba, Chestnut gives himself plenty of freedom to explore different emotions, while keeping his music in recognizable form. Special guest, Vibraphonist-composer Stefon Harris, is heralded as “one of the most important young artists in jazz” (The Los Angeles Times). He is unquestionably developing what will be a long and extraordinary career. Theatre at Meydenbauer Center, 11000 NE 6th Street
      $30 ($15 students)
  • Kendrick Scott Oracle
    • 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.” Opening for Kendrick Scott is bassist and composer Evan Flory-Barnes. His cultivation in music started early on at Garfield High School where he was a member of an award-winning symphony orchestra.
      Theatre at Meydenbauer Center, 11000 NE 6th Street
      $24 ($12 students)
  • Carlos Cascante y su Tumbao
    • Tumbao is a six-piece Latin Jazz band that plays a variety of rhythms from Boleros to Timba and Joropo to Danzón. This exhilarating group is comprised of some of the Puget Sound area’s hottest musicians who hale from Costa Rica, Mexico, Kenmore, Panama, Puerto Rico, and Pullman.
      Bake’s Place, 155 108th Avenue NE, Suite 110


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