Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival


Thank you for celebrating with us at the 11th Annual Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival!

The Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival celebrates community and the creative power of music. The festival hosts over 40 live shows at various venues across the city. ​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.

2018 Headliners 

Deva Mahal

A powerhouse vocalist and songwriter, Deva Mahal is the daughter of legendary blues musician Taj Mahal, with whom she wrote the song “Never Let You Go” on his Grammy Award nominated album Maestro. A soul as singular as Deva’s can only find voice through an equally unique sound, which she’s forged by growing her blues roots through the fertile soil of modern R&B, indie-pop, soul, rock and gospel. Deva has performed onstage alongside such legends as Etta James, Dianne Reeves, The Roots, and Cyndi Lauper, and made her acting debut in the Academy Award nominated film American Hustle.

 

Dr. Lonnie Smith Tri

Dr. Lonnie Smith is an unparalleled musician, composer, performer and recording artist. An authentic master and guru of the Hammond B-3 organ for over five decades and has been featured on over seventy albums. Consequently, he has often been hailed as a “Legend,” a “Living Musical Icon,” and as the most creative jazz organist by a slew of music publications. Jazz Times magazine describes him as “a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a turban!” 

Featured Artists

Curtis Stigers & The Full Circle Big Band

Enjoy old-school pop and big band jazz with singer, songwriter and saxophonist, Curtis Stigers, with Seattle-based, Full Circle Big Band. Experience an up close and personal, intimate and exclusive performance of this world-class performer with a full 17-piece big band. Stigers' smooth, ballad-heavy blend of soul and rock (along with touches of nearly every other genre one could call to mind) has enthralled audiences since the early 90s.

Carlos Cascante y su Tumbao

Active member of the acclaimed Spanish Harlem Orchestra, master crooner Carlos Cascante will perform with his Tumbao, covering traditional salsa, modern timba, Latin jazz, and Brazilian music. This Latin sextet includes Julio Jauregui on piano, Thomas Marriott on trumpet, Dean Schmidt on bass, and Jeff Busch on drums.

The Darelle Holden Quartet

Darelle Holden is a silky smooth songstress with deep musicality. Pop Diva, R&B Powerhouse, and Jazz Siren all apply to her unique and diverse vocal styling. Darelle toured Internationally for 17 years with superstar Sir. Tom Jones, ala, “20 Feet from Stardom” and along with her constant touring schedule she’s made countless appearances on Dancing With the Stars, The Tonight Show, The View, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Conan O’Brian and the list goes on.

About the Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival

Established in 2008, the festival is a cultural and community event that attracts national artists, showcases regional talent and draws diverse audiences. Headlining artists are selected in collaboration with John Gilbreath, executive director of Earshot Jazz.

Past featured artists include Branford Marsalis, Booker T. Jones, Shemekia Copeland, Poncho Sanchez, Dianne Reeves, Bill Frisell, Charles Lloyd, Terence Blanchard, Hubert Laws, Mingus Big Band, Spanish Harlem Orchestra and Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. The event was renamed the Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival in 2015. 

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