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Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival June 1-5

bellevuejazzandblues2016_bdowntownwebsitebanner_690x190_v2If you didn’t get enough jazz at Northwest Folklife Fest, then head to the Eastside for the Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival June 1-5. With more than 40 performances by national jazz masters, regional musicians and high school bands, The Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival celebrates community and the creative power of music.
Here are a couple of the 2016 featured artists:
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.
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.
Etienne Charles
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.