“Best of Season” for Bellevue Jazz Festival

Jay Thomas trumpet

Jay Thomas with SRJO

This Thursday evening, the Seattle Repertory Jazz Festival will headline the opening night of the Bellevue Jazz Festival, following a special opening performance by the festivals Rising Stars.

The Rising Stars were selected by a panel of judges from a group of nominees submitted by Washington high school band directors. Three ensembles were formed for the performance. Congratulations to these 2010 Rising Stars musicians:

Max Bates, Alto Saxophone/Flute, Bellevue High School
Tory Brediger, Bass, Shorewood High School
Matt Bumgardner, Trombone, Mt. Si High School
John Davis, Guitar, Edmonds-Woodway High School
Eric Dubbury
, Trumpet, Edmonds-Woodway High School
Joe Gladow, Tenor Saxophone, Shorewood High School
Peter Graham, Piano, Bellevue High School
Max Holmberg, Drums, Roosevelt High School
Brian Lawrence, Tenor Saxophone/Piano, Bellevue High School
Ellie Lightfoot, Drums, Garfield High School
Mat Muntz, Bass, Roosevelt High School
Ariel Pocock, Piano/Vocals, Newport High School
Nolan Tsang, Trumpet, Bellevue High School

But the festival’s presentation of outstanding student jazz ensembles doesn’t stop Thursday night. The Bellevue Jazz Festival Student Showcase continues with several free concerts featuring award winning bands from around the region throughout the weekend. Bands, times, and locations are listed in detail on the festival schedule. SRJO’s co-artistic director, Michael Brockman, is a member of the Bellevue Jazz Festival Education Team.

Travis Ranney tenor sax

Travis Ranney with SRJO

SRJO will follow these outstanding players with their own “Best of the Season” selection – a set made up of highlights from their 2009-2010 mainstage concert series. Charts will include “One Mint Julip” and “Moanin'”from their Tribute to Ray Charles concert, “Haitian Fight Song” and “Better Get Hit in Your Soul” from the Big Band Monk and Mingus concert, and “Venus di Milo” from the Birth of the Cool concert.

Featured soloists include trumpeter Jay Thomas, baritone saxophonist Bill Ramsay, pianist Randy Halberstadt, tenor saxophonists Hadley Caliman and Travis Ranney, trombonists Dan Marcus and David Marriott, plus alto saxophonists Mark Taylor and Michael Brockman.

Thursday, June 3, 2010 – 7 PM – The Theatre at Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue

Tickets are still available and can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets

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One response to ““Best of Season” for Bellevue Jazz Festival

  1. We’re excited to bring back SRJO to open the festival! This concert, paired with the debut of our 2010 Rising Stars, is a “do not miss”!

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