The 2017 NBJW is Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
2017 Schedule TBA!
2016 Schedule Below:
Listed in order of performance time.
Please plan on walking from Venue to Venue and checking everything out!
Scroll down to read about each of our featured bands and musicians.
(Note: Early 4pm Start Time!)
NORTH BEND THEATRE - High School Big Band & Choir Performances
SNO. VALLEY MOOSE LODGE - The General’s Seven Dixie Band
PIONEER COFFEE - Katie Davi & Chris Morton
VALLEY CENTER STAGE - Randy Halberstadt Quartet
BOXLEY'S - Piano Monsters: Danny Kolke & Tony Foster Trios
PICCOLA CELLARS - Diana Page Quartet
THE SWIRL - Will Crandell Project & Max Cannella Quartet
COMPASS OUTDOOR ADVENTURES - Cole Schuster Trio with Katy Bourne
BIRCHES HABITAT - Jennifer Kienzle & Jesse Sullivan
UMPQUA BANK - Jose Gonzales Trio
TWEDE'S CAFÉ - Janette West Quartet
EURO CAFÉ - Chris Clark & Bob Hammer
GEORGIA'S BAKERY - Aria Prame Trio
PRO SKI - HB Radke with Craig Hoyer
CHANG THAI - Kelly Eisenhour Quartet
MT. SI ART SUPPLY - Bob Baumann & Friends
SCOTT'S DAIRY FREEZE - Chris Symer Trio
MOUNTAIN VALLEY MONTESSORI - Milo Petersen Quartet
MOUNT SI SENIOR CENTER - Lance Buller and the Roadstars
CHAPLIN'S - Jay Thomas Neo-Boogaloo Cats
SNO. VALLEY MOOSE LODGE - Bernie Jacobs Quartet
PIONEER COFFEE - Jon Pugh Trio with Kelley Johnson
VALLEY CENTER STAGE - Thomas Marriott All-Stars Sextet
PICCOLA CELLARS - Bill Ramsay & Chuck Deardorf Quartet with Tracy Knoop
BOXLEY'S - Boxley’s Pro-Am Big Band
Just one ticket allows access to all shows at every venue throughout the evening!
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North Bend Theatre
4:00-10:00: HIGH SCHOOL BIG BAND & CHOIR PERFORMANCES
Featuring talented high school students from local, award-winning jazz bands! Joined by special guest pros.
4pm: Newport with Reuel Lubag
5pm: Mount Si Jazz 2 with Travis Ranney
6pm: Mount Si Jazz Choirs
7pm: Mercer Island with Thomas Marriott
8pm: Sammamish with Matso Limtiaco
9pm: Mount Si Jazz 1 with Mark Taylor
For more info, visit Mount Si Bands, Newport Bands, Mercer Island Bands and Sammamish Music
Snoqualmie Valley Moose Lodge
6:00-9:00: THE GENERAL’S SEVEN DIXIE BAND
The General's 7 Dixie Band (G7) is a part of the 133rd Washington Army National Guard Band stationed at Camp Murray, WA. Since 2008, the G7 has been entertaining audiences throughout Washington State with its high energy, patriotic, personable, and engaging performances. From old Dixieland standards to swinging arrangements of your favorite military march, the music of the G7 blends a sweet taste of New Orleans groove with a hint of Red, White, and Blue. Past performances include the Leavenworth Tree Lighting Festival, Oktoberfest, Long Beach 4th of July Celebration, White Salmon 4th of July Parade, Walla Walla Veteran's Day, the Washington State Parks, and many more.
9:00-Midnight: BERNIE JACOBS QUARTET
Bernie Jacobs, voice, flute & saxophones; Greg Campbell, drums; Brian Kirk, vibes and Dean Schmidt, bass
Called a "triple threat," Bernie Jacobs sings and plays flute and as well as soprano, alto, and tenor saxophones. He is a self-taught musician who has performed professionally for more than 40 years, effortlessly transitioning through rhythm and blues, jazz, and pop landscapes. In addition to performing with his own group, BJQ, Bernie has sung with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and Full Circle Ensemble, and he is the front man for drummer André Thomas' Quiet Fire. He often performs as a guest artist or sideman with other Seattle area groups, including Clarence Acox’s Legacy Band as well as various ensembles led by drummer Greg Williamson.
For more info, visit www.berniejacobsmusic.com
6:00-9:00: KATIE DAVI & CHRIS MORTON
Katie Davi, voice; Chris Morton, piano
Katie is a classically trained vocalist, and has spent more than 8 years studying and performing in both the classical and jazz idiom; both as a solo artist and in ensembles. Because of her eclectic musical background, Katie draws her inspiration and vocal approach from a wide range of jazz, pop and classical, artists and techniques.
Morton has been an in-demand pianist for over 10 years in the Seattle area. Listen for arrangements that are groovy and in-the-pocket. He has performed with many Seattle jazz groups and has shared the stage with such jazz greats as Bobby Shew, Jon Fedchock, Brian Lynch and many more. Melodic and swingin', playing standards and jazz classics.
For more info, visit katiedavi.com and chrismortonmusic.com
9:00-Midnight: JON PUGH TRIO with KELLEY JOHNSON
Jon Pugh, trumpet & cornet; John Hansen, piano; Michael Glynn, bass and guest Kelley Johnson, voice
Stylish cornet player Jon Pugh was the featured trumpet and cornet soloist with the legendary Northwest saxophonist Don Lanphere for 30 years. As a music educator, Jon has a passion to entertain, inform and inspire every member of his audiences. He's been called a "brilliant trumpet player" by Gramophone Magazine in London and a "cornet virtuoso" by Jazz Times.
With special guest Kelley Johnson, an international award-winning jazz vocalist who is known and respected as an arranger, poet and lyricist with a personal body of recordings. Kelley’s lithe velvety voice mixes with a dynamic delivery and tricky colorful arrangements to showcase her interpretive finesse and inspired soloists. An organic groovy singer with a direct approach, Kelley reaches her audience with storytelling, subtlety, soulfulness and swing.
For more info, visit reverbnation.com/jonpugh and kelleyjohnson.com
Valley Center Stage
6:00-9:00: RANDY HALBERSTADT QUARTET
Randy Halberstadt, piano; Mark Taylor, alto sax; Tim Carey, bass and Gary Hobbs, drums
Randy Halberstadt has been a major figure on the Pacific Northwest jazz scene for many years. A multi-dimensional pianist, he is equally at home playing be-bop, Latin, down-home blues, mainstream, free and eclectic jazz. He has performed with Herb Ellis, Terry Gibbs, Buddy de Franco, Matt Wilson, Pete Christlieb, Bobby Shew, Joe LaBarbera, and many others. In 1990, Randy performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival with drummer Mel Brown. Randy has performed with the Seattle Symphony and is the pianist for the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra.
For more info, visit randyhalberstadt.com
9:00-Midnight: THOMAS MARRIOTT ALL-STARS SEXTET
Thomas Marriott, trumpet; David Gibson, trombone; Victor North, saxophone; Phil Sparks, bass; Dawn Clement, piano and Matt Jorgensen, drums
Trumpeter Thomas Marriott is one of the most exciting musicians to emerge on the national jazz scene in more than a decade. The seven-time Golden Ear award winner is a skilled instrumentalist, composer and producer, always seeking to expand the boundaries of jazz music in all its forms. Marriott’s diverse interests and skills are reflected in the range and success of his albums - he’s produced eight albums as a leader for Origin Records, and three of his albums have made the top-ten on national jazz radio airplay charts. Known for his innovative spirit and broad musical scope, Thomas continues to perform on the stages of the world’s greatest jazz clubs and concert halls, as a leader and alongside the top names in jazz. The Seattle native is featured on more than 100 recordings with musicians of all genres and styles. Joined by all-stars of the Seattle jazz scene!
For more info, visit thomasmarriott.net
6:00-9:00: PIANO MONSTERS: DANNY KOLKE & TONY FOSTER TRIOS
Danny Kolke, piano; Tony Foster, piano; Kareem Kandi, tenor sax; Michael Glynn, bass & Greg Williamson, drums
Danny is an accomplished jazz pianist as well as the owner/founder of Boxley's and the Boxley Music Fund. He's passionate about his mission to support live music performance and jazz education within the Greater Snoqualmie Valley. Strongly influenced by the soulful stylings of Oscar Peterson and Gene Harris, performing blues, gospel, straight-ahead jazz and original compositions & arrangements. Check out his latest Pony Boy release "Danny Kolke Trio plus Pete Christlieb: Live at Boxley's" for some musical treats!
Foster is a pianist from Vancouver, BC who puts his energy and enthusiasm into his musical phrasing and grooves. He's performed all over the world, including France, England and Japan, and has worked with notable jazz legends as Ernestine Anderson, Red Holloway, Sheila Jordan, Kenny Colman, Dee Daniels, Jeff Hamilton, and Peter Washington. Over the past 10 years, in addition to performing with his own groups, Foster has been featured as a sideman numerous times at Vancouver’s annual International Jazz Festival.
For more info, visit dannykolkemusic.com and www.tonyfostermusic.com
10:00-Midnight: BOXLEY’S PRO-AM BIG BAND
A mix of professionals, band directors and students, theis full 16-piece big band performs at Boxley’s every month and workshops arrangements from Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Thad Jones, and some originals from within the band. Curated by Matso Limtiaco (arranger and bari sax, Emerald City Jazz Orchestra) and Greg Williamson (drums, Woody Herman alumn), this is part community band, part educational bring-them-up, and all hard-hitting, pro-quality, big band jazz.
6:00-9:00: DIANA PAGE QUARTET
Diana Page, voice; John Hansen, piano; Ryan Donnelly, bass and Matt Page, drums
Diana's lifelong adoration of music gives her depth beyond her years as she interprets age-old melodies with a new, yet respectful approach. Pony Boy Records says, she "has a clear voice, with elegant jazz phrasing and a gentle forward momentum. Her directness is pleasing and interesting. Somewhere between Blossom Dearie and Anita O'Day."
For more info, visit dianapagemusic.com
9:00-Midnight: BILL RAMSAY & CHUCK DEARDORF QUARTET with TRACY KNOOP
Bill Ramsay, sax; Tracy Knoop, sax; Chuck Deardorf, bass; Dave Peterson, guitar and John Bishop, drums
Featuring special guest saxophonist and jazz legend Bill Ramsay who played in the big bands of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Maynard Ferguson, Quincy Jones, Thad Jones more! Joined by Chuck Deardorf on bass, an integral member of the Northwest jazz scene for over two decades. His dynamic performances have been a part of countless festivals, nightclubs, and recording sessions around the world, with such jazz greats as Bud Shank, Don Lanphere, George Cables, Bill Mays, Kenny Barron and others.
For more info, visit chuckdeardorf.com
6:00-9:00: WILL CRANDELL PROJECT & MAX CANNELLA QUARTET
6-7:10pm - Will Crandell Project: Will Crandell, drums; Jonathan Henriksen, bass; Santosh Sharma, tenor sax and Ravi Sharma, guitar
7:30-8:40pm - Max Cannella Quartet: Max Cannella, piano; Nate Sharp, bass; Nick Mardon, drums and Sage Eisenhour, voice
Featuring two incredible student groups! Will Crandell Project at 6pm and Max Cannella Quartet at 7:30pm. Bandleaders Will (drums) and Max (piano) are both students at Mount Si High School and perform with the award-winning Jazz Band 1. Joined by other fantastic student talent from Mount Si and Roosevelt!
For more info, visit www.willcrandell.com and www.maxcannella.com
Compass Outdoor Adventures
7:00-10:00: COLE SCHUSTER TRIO with KATY BOURNE
Cole Schuster, guitar and guest Katy Bourne, voice
A versatile guitar player with virtuosic technique, Cole Schuster has shared the stage with jazz greats including Wycliffe Gordon, the Clayton Brothers, Jeff Hamilton, and Wynton Marsalis.
With guest Katy Bourne, a fun-loving, hard-swingin' Seattle jazz vocalist who approaches music with strong, rhythmic sensibility, an infectious sense of humor and straight-on honesty. Bourne is a steady and unassuming figure on the Seattle jazz scene and performs at nightspots, private functions and festivals throughout the Northwest. Check out her latest album "As the Fates Decide".
7:00-10:00: JENNIFER KIENZLE & JESSE SULLIVAN
Jennifer Kienzle, voice and Jesse Sullivan, guitar
Since her arrival to Seattle in 2008, international jazz vocalist Jennifer Kienzle has emerged as a singer adept at conveying a direct and honest interpretation of the American songbook. Jennifer's playful lyricism and beautiful, pure tone pull her listeners into the stories she sings. Jennifer and her musicians alike enjoy creating music in the moment. The songs you hear will be unique and never to be heard the same way again.
Seattle-based jazz guitarist Jesse Sullivan is not your typical guitarist! He doesn't play too loud, owns one guitar and one amp, and is a musical encyclopedia. He considers himself to be a vocal jazz accompanist more than anything else. He prides himself in being an extremely supportive and dynamic accompanist who swings his tail off. He graduated from the University of Southern California with Cum Laude Honors in 2015.
For more info, visit jenniferkienzle.com and www.jessesullivanmusic.com
7:00-10:00: JOSE GONZALES TRIO
Jose Gonzales, voice & piano; Michael Marcus, bass & Max Wood, drums
Firmly rooted in jazz, fed with a steady diet of blues, and dedicated to the art of the song, Jose "Juicy G" Gonzales offers a fresh take on standards - joyfully flirting with pop, funk and R&B. Whether leading his piano trio, or fronting as a vocalist, his performances are always special.
For more info, visit reverbnation.com/josegonzalestrio
7:00-10:00: JANETTE WEST QUARTET
Janette West, voice; Hans Brehmer, piano; Phil Demaree, bass & Marty Tuttle, percussion
Seattle-based vocalist Janette West's multi-layered career spans four decades, and was nurtured in the fabric of Northwest music history. Her voice and style is a rich composite of dynamic jazz improvisation with the plush warmth of soulful R&B influences. Jazz Times writes, “West is a first rate swinger, comparable in style and gusto to Ernestine Anderson, though the warmth of her ballads is more reminiscent of Natalie Cole.” The Examiner writes: “Janette West is a lovely and mercurial vocalist, a local favorite.”
For more info, visit janettewest.com
7:00-10:00: CHRIS CLARK & BOB HAMMER
Bob Hammer, piano and Chris Clark, bass
Chris Clark learned bass at jam sessions in south central Los Angeles with the likes of Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray, Bobby Hutcherson and Gerald Wiggins. He joined Les Brown's Band of Renoun at the age of 20, appearing in Jerry Lewis' "The Nutty Professor" and touring with Bob Hope's USO Christmas shows. He went on to work with Vic Damone, Della Reese, Chris Connor, Red Norvo, and the CBS staff band. Settling on Orcas Island in Washington State, he continues to perform with big bands and swingers.
Pianist Hammer spent most of his career as an arranger, penning classics for Woody Herman and Charles Mingus. He also worked with other jazz greats such as Gene Krupa, Johnny Hartman, Woody Herman, Elvin Jones & more.
7:00-10:00: ARIA PRAME TRIO
Aria Prame, voice; Tim Kennedy, piano and Geoff Harper, bass
Since arriving in Seattle in 2002, vocalist Prame has been sharing her pure sound with audiences around the Sound, pleasing with her soulful and distinctive style. The Examiner says, "as a singer she is almost unparalleled in her control, power, interpretation and innate groove. Prame gives careful and in-depth consideration to the music she sings, beyond the notes, pitch, set list, and the next gig. She thinks about our human soul connection and music's magical ability to tap into that connection." Check out her album "Lost and Lookin"!
7:00-10:00: HB RADKE with CRAIG HOYER
HB Radke, voice; Craig Hoyer, piano and Evan Flory-Barnes, bass
HB Radke's energetic personality and supreme abilities as a vocalist, bandleader and entertainer never fail to please. With over 25 years of experience, he has the unique ability to read a crowd and adapt the music selection on the fly. From Sinatra-flavored swing and latin to funk, disco and party rock, HB and the boys will keep you smiling, dancing and singing along all night.
For more info, visit radke.com
7:00-10:00: KELLY EISENHOUR QUARTET
Kelly Eisenhour, voice; Reuel Lubag, piano; Greg Feingold, bass and Max Holmberg, drums
Elegant vocalist specializing in jazz standards, blues and soulful R&B. A wonderful improviser, musician and educator, she features many of her own original arrangements & compositions. Her many accomplishments include productions with Gladys Knight, such as the 2006 Grammy award-winning "One Voice," as well as a tour with the Boston Pops Orchestra conducted by Keith Lockhart. She's currently the Choral Director at Green River Community College in Auburn, WA. "Kelly Eisenhour is a prolific vocalist...she proves to be a seasoned professional with plenty of talent to handle any piece that comes her way."
Mt. Si Art Supply
7:00-10:00: BOB BAUMANN & FRIENDS
Nancy Mickel, voice; Catherine Drews, voice; Lloyd Chisholm, trumpet; Harold Drews, guitar; Bob Baumann, bass/accordion & Ed Coke, drums
Featuring a delightful, Snoqualmie Valley band of local and accomplished jazz performers! This group performs regularly at Boxley's in North Bend. Led by bassist/jazz accordionist Baumann who has been performing in the Northwest since 1980 with three of the group's members. Also with trumpet player Lloyd Chisholm who developed his Hard-Bop style while working with Nat Adderley, Stanley Turrentine and Curtis Fuller, among others, for over 30 years in various groups.
For more info, visit lloydchisholm.com
Scott's Dairy Freeze
7:00-10:00: CHRIS SYMER TRIO
Pete Gallio, tenor sax, Gregg Belisle-Chi, guitar and Chris Symer, bass
Chris Symer has performed and/or recorded with Roger Kellaway, Bennie Maupin, Robben Ford, Theo Saunders, Kai Akagi, Kate McGarry, Tierney Sutton, Larry Koonse, Kim Richmond, Bob Florence and many more. Originally from Southern California, Chris relocated to Seattle in 2002 where he makes his living as a freelance jazz musician. His recent projects have included recordings with The Johnaye Kendrick Quartet (“Here”, 2014), Jim Knapp’s “Scrape” (Origin, 2013) and Nelda Swigget’s “Swingtet” (Origin, 2014). Chris has played and taught clinics throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America. He's appeared on soundtracks for television, movies, theatre, performance art, and in settings from duos to big bands and symphony orchestras.
Mountain Valley Montessori
7:00-10:00: MILO PETERSEN QUARTET
Brian Kent, tenor sax; Milo Petersen, guitar; Emmanuel del Casal, bass and Brad Boal, drums
Petersen has been active in the Pacific Northwest jazz community since the late 70's. He's performed with some of the world's finest, including Joe Sample, Ernestine Anderson, Herb Ellis, Mose Allison and more, in addition to recording two CDs with master drummer Elvin Jones.
For more info, visit milopetersen.com
Mount Si Senior Center
7:00-10:00: LANCE BULLER and the ROADSTARS
Lance Buller, voice & trumpet; Ted Dortch, tenor sax; Chris Spencer, guitar; Chuck Kistler, bass and Aaron Henning, drums
Featuring a variety of music: jazz, swing and traditional tunes dating back as early as Ragtime from the late 1890's to current jazz and variety! This band brings a good time with humor, high energy and swinging music that everyone enjoys. You will know you were a part of the performance because the band will feel like old friends, who, with you, love exceptional music. They've performed at Seattle Mariners Home Games, The Puyallup Fair, Washington State Fair, Evergreen State Fair and more!
For more info, visit theroadstars.com
8:00-11:00: JAY THOMAS NEO-BOOGALOO CATS
Jay Thomas, horns; Dan Marcus, trombone; Travis Ranney, tenor sax; Tony Foster, piano and Adam Kessler, drums
Thomas is an amazing multi-instrumentalist: trumpet, flugelhorn, tenor & alto saxophones - a true master characterized by warmth, lyricism & rhythmic authority! Says Jim Wilke, host of KPLU's Jazz Northwest: "What always strikes me about Jay...is the unbridled enthusiasm for making music he brings to every setting - that, and the strong lyrical quality he brings to all his horns." This will be a groovy night of tunes from his album "The Cats: Neo-Boogaloo"… The Boogaloo style originated in the 60's when Latin rhythms were combined with elements of soul, funk, R&B and jazz. Listen for great, modern jazz by Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock and more.
For more info, visit jaythomasjazz.com