Welcome to the 2017 Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival! We invite you to explore and share your passion for live music at the Eastside's premier showcase for top national and regional artists as well as our next generation of rising stars. Take time to enjoy Downtown Bellevue and plan a stay with its many outstanding hotels, restaurants and venues supporting this festival.
The festival is produced by the Bellevue Downtown Association, a non-profit membership organization with a mission to strengthen the economic and cultural vitality of Downtown Bellevue. The 2017 Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival sponsors are the City of Bellevue, Microsoft, Washington Federal, Bellevue Arts Museum, KNKX 88.5 FM, Bellevue Reporter, 425 Magazine and Gravity Creative.2017 Headlining Artists:Catherine Russell
7:30 p.m. Friday, June 2 | Meydenbauer Center Theatre | $30 (Students $15)
Catherine Russell is a one of a kind musician and vocalist. She has toured the world and performed or recorded with David Bowie, Paul Simon, Cyndi Lauper and many others. Her voice is full blown femininity incarnate, radiating interpretive power to jazz and blues standards from the 1920s as well as the music of today. Russell's album Harlem On My Mind
was nominated for a 2017 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album. The Corey Harris Band
- "Blues With All The Roots & Branches"
7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 3 | Meydenbauer Center Theatre | $30 (Students $15)
Corey Harris is a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and band leader who has carved out his own niche in blues. He has recorded many old songs of the blues tradition while also creating an original vision of the blues by adding influences from reggae, soul, rock and West African music. With one foot in tradition and the other in contemporary experimentation, Harris is a truly unique voice in contemporary music.