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Plan a "Jazz Walk" to experience the Festival!

May 9, 2019 - by Kensey Wentworth

Category What's Happening

Explore 16 venues and 40+ live shows! 

The 12th Annual Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival kicks off May 29. Get a taste of Bellevue’s most popular gathering places, while drinking in the sweet sounds of jazz and blues. Over 40 live shows are free and not ticketed—which means you can drop in to several venues each night! No need to limit live music to only one venue… 


Some of our favorite spots to include:


El Gaucho
Eric Verlinde | May 30, 6:00 (free)
Tom Kellock | May 31, 6:00 & June 2, 6:00 PM (free)
Frank S. Holman III | June 1, 6:00 PM (free)

A happy hour hot spot, fantastic dinners, and a great place to start your jazz walk! Visit before 6:00 pm on the weekdays for a happy hour cocktail and Gaucho burger, then catch the start of a piano set. 



Meydenbauer Center Theatre
Davina and The Vagabonds | May 31, 7:30 PM ($35 / $20 Students)
The Bad Plus | June 1, 7:30 PM ($35 / $20 Students)

A state-of-the-art theatre, and one of the Northwest's premier places for performing arts. See two of our featured artists here on Friday and Saturday night. Purchase tickets here



Central Bar + Restaurant
Eugenie Jones Duo | May 31, 9:00 PM (free)
Nelda & Clif Swiggett’s little BIG Band | June 1, 9:00 PM (free)

The perfect spot to get your fill of northwest favorites... and jazz pairs perfectly with their skillet chocolate chip cookie. Enjoy a late night at this locals’ favorite. 



Bellevue Arts Museum
Various School Jazz Combos | June 1 & 2, 11 AM – 4:45 PM (free)

See the next Miles, Louis, or Dizzy among our talented local jazz students. Award-winning schools are in town to perform for the weekend.



Resonance at SOMA Towers
Sara Gazarek | May 30, 6:30 PM (SOLD OUT) & 8:30 PM ($40, includes open bar)

Looking for a more intimate dinner with a show? Enjoy a three course meal while being serenaded by Seattle’s own Sara Gazarek on Thursday, May 30. Purchase tickets here.


There are many more shows to add to your jazz walk! Start planning your route.