Bellevue Jazz & Blues Music Series
October 4-8, 2023
The Bellevue Downtown Association (BDA) is bringing together top national and regional talent to the Bellevue Jazz & Blues Series! In the meantime, check out our past lineup:
2023 Featured Artists Announced,
Tickets go on sale soon:
The Stacy Jones Band
Friday, October 6
Meydenbauer Center Theatre
The Award-Winning Seattle singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Stacy Jones and her Award-winning Band who deliver high energy Roots Rock, Blues, and Americana. Their music has been described as “A Whiskey & Water Baptism that lace Blues and Rock edges.” “With her feet firmly planted in roots-based music, Stacy Jones pays homage to the blues but experiments by mixing in some mild-Americana and subtle country licks. Dynamic vocals fueled by powerful lyrics.” “the rolling thunder blues of Howlin’ Wolf mixed with the honesty of Lucinda Williams.
Pearl Django with Gail Pettis
Saturday, October 7
Meydenbauer Center Theatre
With a performance history spanning almost two decades, Pearl Django endures as one of the most highly regarded Hot Club style groups working today. Although the band’s roots are firmly in the music made famous by Django Reinhardt and Stephan Grappelli, its extensive repertoire includes traditional jazz classics and original compositions. Pearl Django has performed at festivals, dances and nightspots throughout the U.S. and abroad. They have played at the prestigious Festival Django Reinhardt in Samois sur Seine and have been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” The band’s signature style is marked by pristine and dexterous string work, colors of Bal Musette, the steady pulse of rhythm guitar and an unmistakable swing that delights audiences of all musical sensibilities. Throughout the years, Pearl Django has cultivated a devoted and enthusiastic following and they continue to play to packed houses wherever they perform.
Featured in O, the Oprah Magazine, Gail Pettis, brings to the stage rich, warm vocals and understated phrasing. Gail discusses in O freeing the inner artist and relinquishing her clinic coat to pursue creative talents. Previously an orthodontist of 15 years, Gail left that life behind in passionate pursuit of music.
Her live performances have been described by Earshot jazz as going “…from strength to strength, performing a winning, crowd-involving style of vocal jazz.”
About the Jazz & Blues Music Series
Established in 2008, the previously named Bellevue Jazz & Blues 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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