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Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival

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

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.

Etienne Charles & Creole Soul

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 music into a modern jazz conception. Having already recorded three impressive and well-received albums, his new album San Jose Suite, a ten-part suite, explores the histories, cultures and musical traditions of three Western settlements that share a name. The project was​commissioned through a Chamber Music America New Jazz Works Grant funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. He is also the Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at Michigan State University.

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.

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.


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