The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra are opening night headliners for the 2010 Bellevue Jazz Festival on Thursday, June 3rd. The band closed last year’s festival with a well reviewed playing of Benny Carter’s Kansas City Suite. The performance will take place in the Theatre at Meydenbauer Center and will surely get the festival off to a swinging start. The Bellevue Jazz Festival Rising Stars will open the show at 7:00.
Joining SRJO on the festival line-up is NOCCA alum, trumpet player, composer Terence Blanchard (seen here at Jazz Alley) and his Quintet. His recent release, Choices is the follow up to Blanchard’s Grammy-winning jazz suite A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina).
This year the weekend festival features Downbeat Magazine’s Poll Winner, and multiple-Grammy nominee, guitarist Pat Martino, whose fat-toned virtuosity is all the more amazing, given his remarkable story, wonderfully told in Victor Schermer’s in-depth interview for all about jazz.
Also featured will be The Bad Plus, an inimitable piano trio for the 21st century. TBP combines their own compelling originals with imaginatively interpreted classic rock and contemporary pop material. Pianist Ethan Iverson, shown here at Bumbershoot, is also a prolific writer. His insightful interviews, musical analysis, and cultural commentary can be found on DO THE MATH, his blog.
Also on the festival line-up is Bill Charlap & Renee Rosnes plus Sachal Vasandani Quartet. Learn more about them, and all performers, on the Bellevue Jazz Festival web site. Tickets for Friday’s SRJO show, and all other performances, are available at Brown Paper Tickets.