Our Next Festival...

July  27 · 28 · 29  2018

Historic Downtown Ellensburg, WA



2017 Jazz Artists



Friday Night   Venues


 5:30 - 8:30 PM

            Sidewalk Stompers

 8:00 - 11:00 PM

            Chris Brown Quartet

            Henry Cooper Band

            Les Stress & the Testers

 8:15 - 9:45 PM

            Paul Green & Brian Butler

 8:30 - 11:30 PM

             Adam Harris Quintet w/ George Colligan

             D'Vonne Lewis' Limited Edition

             The Professors

9:00 PM - Midnight

              Black Dolly

              Randy Oxford's All-Star Slam

              Ellensburg Big Band

 10:00 PM - Midnight

              Jr Cadillac


Main Stage

Rotary Pavilion


10:00 a.m.:  CWU Jazz Camp Groups (free)

Noon:   West Coast Women's Blues Revue

 2 PM:   Happy Orchestra

 3 PM:  Black Dolly

 4 PM:  Kobie Watkins Grouptet

 5 PM:  Little Bill & the Blue Notes

 6 PM:  Ellensburg Big Band

Between sets (Noon - 7 PM.)   

              The Sidewalk Stompers


Beer Garden
Happy Hour

 7:30 PM   The Sidewalk Stompers


Saturday Night



 8:00 - 11:00 PM  

               Little Bill & the Blue Notes

               Jelly Bread

               Pearl Django w/ Gail Pettis

 8:30 - 11:30 PM  

               Orville Johnson & Mark Graham

               Happy Orchestra

               Marina Christopher Trio

 9:00 PM - Midnight


                Kobie Watkins Grouptet

                Kim Archer Big Band

                Wind Power



Main Stage

Rotary Pavilion


10:30 AM: Total Experience Gospel Choir

12:15 PM:  Clinton Fearon & the Boogie Brown Band

  2:00 PM:  Ellen Whyte Band

Initial Artist Descriptions


Doctor Funk


Doctor Funk


Established in 1995, Doctor FunK has set the standard for high energy and quality musicianship in the Pacific Northwest for 20 years with their modern take on the classic sound of the R&B / Funk / Soul horn band. This 10-piece band has a 5-piece horn section playing both original and cover material in the style of bands such as Tower of Power, James Brown, Earth Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, and the Average White Band. While rooted in funk and soul, you'll also hear the influence of rock, jazz, and even hip-hop in some of the grooves and extended jams.


DoctorfunK is the 'Prescription for your Soul' and will perform at Jazz in the Valley on Saturday, July 29th at the Rotary Pavilion starting at 8:00 PM.



Ellensburg Communtiy Big Band


Back for an encore performance is the Ellensburg Big Band! The Ellensburg Big Band is an 18-member classic Swing Jazz Band in the tradition of the wonderful dance bands of the 1940's and 50's. Featuring favorites from the Glen Miller and Count Basie Bands, they also play a wide variety of jazz standards and modern styles. The musicians represent a real cross section of the Ellensburg community, including music educators, college students and a colorful bunch of local professionals all of whom treasure the opportunity to make terrific music together.


The Ellensburg Big Band is a nonprofit organization with a mission to support music education and provide wonderful live swing music for their community. In addition to playing for various charity events, the band also sponsors the Joel Talerico Memorial Scholarship awarded annually to an Ellensburg High School music student.


Swing to the sounds of the Ellensburg Big Band when they perform Friday, July 28th   from  9pm 'til Midnight  at the Methodist Church. They play again for your pleasure on the Main Stage Rotary Pavilion  on Saturday, July 29th  at  6 pm.


Jr Cadillac


Jr Cadillac


The Summer of 2016 is the celebration of Jr Cadillac's 46th year of rockin' the Northwest and they are ready, willin' and able to change the oil and get the Caddy out for our 2016 Summer tour, "'cause nothin' could be lackin" when you're out there Cadillac'n™!"


The year was 1970. Jim Manolides, Andy Parypa, George Rudiger, Bob Hosko and Ned Neltner, musicians playing for various local bands, decided to jam together on a part-time basis. It got out of hand quickly and Jr Cadillac was born. After seasoning the band in such remote locations as Bremerton and Rainier they landed a regular gig at the Grapevine Tavern under the viaduct at Pioneer Square in Seattle. They quickly developed a loyal following and there weren't enough nights in the week to cover all the places, parties, conventions, dances, concerts who wanted Jr Cadillac to play. They opened for just about every big show that went through the Northwest. The Kinks, The Beach Boys, ELO, Ten Years After, Yes, Jethro Tull, and on and on. They even backed Chuck Berry more than a dozen times, wrote songs on stage with Bo Diddley and in general spread the Jr. Cadillac gospel of Good Time, Good Music Rock 'n Roll far and wide!


Jr Cadillac  and their 'Good Time Rock'N Roll' ť will be at Jazz in the Valley on  Friday, July 28th  at the   Main Stage - Rotary Pavilion  starting at  10:00 PM



Kim Archer Duo / Band


Kim ArcherJazz in the Valley extends a warm welcome to Kim Archer as she returns for an encore performance. Archer has attracted a large and loyal following of fans in the Pacific Northwest and across the country, with her raw, honest performances and personable interaction with her audiences. Having recently opened for Grammy-nominated artist, Mary Lambert (www.marylambertsings.com), and completed a West Coast Tour, this lifelong musician commands the stage with her soulful original songs. With 12-string in hand, she conjures up a whole new vibe on crowd favorites so that they sound fresh and wonderfully different. Whether she’s playing a premier venue with her tight band, duet partner, or an intimate solo show, she never disappoints.


The Kim Archer Band will appear at Jazz in the Valley on Saturday, July 29thon the Kelleher's Motors starting at 9:00 PM.



Kobie Watkins Grouptet



Kobie Watkins


A native of Chicago, Illinois, Kobie Watkins began as a small child listening and watching his father (Alious C. Watkins) playing drums in the church. Kobie started with pots and pans as a toddler. Over time he has developed a personal system of timely discipline and structure for music and life skills progressing into who he is today-- professional drummer/percussionist and music educator.


Watkins has cultivated dynamic relationships with his peers in and out of the Jazz, Latin, and Gospel community as a drummer, percussionist and a mentor. Living out his commitment to the music he holds a long list of great musicians he has played and recorded with jazz legends Sonny Rollins, Branford Marsalis, Joe Lovano, Curtis Fuller, Bob Mintzer, Jim Hall, John Patitucci, Arturo Sandoval to name a few.


The Kobie Watkins Grouptet consists of :

Aaron Miller (bassist) is an accomplished musician whose broad experience in many styles defines his double bass playing: jazz and classical, contemporary and popular, chamber and solo.


Justin Nielsen (pianist) is a performer, composer, recording artist, and teacher residing in Boise, Idaho. He has had a dynamic career that has made it possible for him to play and teach all over the world with some of the greatest names in jazz


Jonathan Armstrong (saxophone) is a fiercely creative musician, composer and educator living in Pocatello, ID where he serves as the Director of Jazz Studies at Idaho State University.


Ryan Nielsen (trumpet) is recognized for the "breathtaking singing quality of his sound, tremendous instrumental skill, and outstanding creativity" by jazz icon, John McNeil, He is a musician whose lyricism is profound, whose versatility is rare, and whose artistry grows out of a love of groove, spirit, and beautiful melody

The  Kobie Watkins Grouptet  will perform Saturday, July 29th. at the  Clymber Museum  starting at  9:00 PM 



Pearl Django with Gail Pettis




Pearl Django


Pearl Django has a performance history spanning more than two decades and endures as one of the most highly regarded Hot Club style groups working today. Although the band’s roots are firmly in the music made famous by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, its extensive repertoire includes traditional jazz classics and original compositions. Pearl Django has performed at festivals, dances and nightspots throughout the U.S. The band’s signature style is marked by pristine and dexterous string work, colors of Bal Musette, the steady pulse of rhythm guitar and an unmistakable swing that delights audiences of all musical sensibilities.


Gail Pettis

Named "2010 Northwest Vocalist of the Year,"" by Earshot Jazz Society, (also 2007), Gail Pettis's’ rich, warm vocals and understated phrasing have been described as “deliciously soulful” by Cadence Magazine. Recently featured in More Magazine’s October 2014 issue, Pettis discusses freeing the inner artist and relinquishing her steady job to pursue creative talents. Previously an orthodontist of 15 years, Pettis left that life behind in passionate pursuit of music. freedom of personal expression she finds in music. “For me, emotion is the currency of jazz. Over the years, I have learned that wearing your heart on your sleeve is not always the best approach to every life situation, but within the context of music, vulnerability always feels right.”


Pearl Django with special guest Gail Pettis  will perform Friday, July 28th at the Main Stage, Rotary Pavilion starting at 10:00 PM





Sidewalk Stompers is a Dixieland jazz band based in Pasco but utilizes musicians from Seattle and Portland. This small New Orleans style acoustic street band usually performs without piano or drums. The band plays early style jazz tunes such as those of the Louis Armstrong, King Oliver and Jelly Roll Morton era.Sidewalk Stompers - Dixieland For the past 19 years the Sidewalk Stompers have entertained jazz fans at this incredible Jazz-In-The-Valley festival in Ellensburg, WA. The Sidewalk Stompers music represents the roots of all of the other jazz heard at this festival and as such they are the reference baseline.


Entertaining you with their Dixie land jazz are:

    • Karl Walterskirchen - banjo and leader
    • Rick Holzgrafe - coronet & lead horn player
    • Jim Buckman - clarinet, alto sax & tenor sax
    • Art Horgen - sousaphone.

Follow the lively musical sounds of Dixieland Jazz performed by the  Sidewalk Stompers  on  Friday night, July 28th at 5:00 PM  and  Saturday, July 29th and between acts Noon 'til 7:00 PM on the  Main Stage Rotary Pavilion. They will also entertain during the Beer Garden Happy Hour 7:00 - 8:30 PM Saturday Night.