Our Next Festival...
Brian Nova Trio
Back for an encore performance is Concord Recording Artist and Grammy® award winning artist Brian Nova. Nova is considered one of the top Jazz Guitarists/Vocalists in the nation, according to a recent poll in Jazz Improv Magazine. Joe Pass said of Nova: "I feel Brian is one of the finest Jazz Guitarists on the scene!’ He has the distinction of being the only guitarist who was mentored by, and toured with, the two titans of Jazz guitar: Herb Ellis and Joe Pass. Rock Icon Steve Miller says: ‘I’ve met and known a lot of guitarists in my career, and ‘B’ is the best guitarists I’ve ever met." Nova performs, and records, as a solo artist, with his Trio, Quartet, and his 12-piece Big Band.
Most recently, Brian was part of Arturo Sandoval’s “Dear Diz” jazz ensemble. The CD won the 2013 Grammy award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble!
In addition to performing, Nova also encourages young Jazz musicians to further their own musical education and stage presence. From 1990 to 1996, he was the Director of Jazz and Guitar Studies for the Music Program at Seattle University. He continues to mentor the next- generation of professional musicians through his master classes and the clinics he conducts around the world. Nova began his Jazz career in Seattle, WA. He has lived in New York, Denmark, and now makes his home in California.
You can catch the Brian Nova Trio twice on Saturday, July 26th. The first performance will be on the Main Stage at the Rotary Pavilion at 4pm , and the second performance will be at Fitterer’s Furniture from 8 pm to 11 pm.
Bruce Babad Quartet
Bruce Babad (b'BAD), one of JIV fan’s favorite performers returns to Ellensburg as the Bruce Babad Quartet.
This quartet has a definite Northwest connections in that all of the members of the quartet are former students of Central Washington University’s Jazz studies. Members of the quartet include:
Babad, (who is currently living in Los Angeles) performs on saxophone and flute. He stays busy being a freelance woodwind artist while working as coordinator of Jazz studies at Fullerton College and as an adjunct professor of saxophone at Biola University.
Nick Moore, on keyboard, is a Seattle native and is active as an arranger/composer and keyboard performer.
Paul Gabrielson is an accomplished performer on both string and electric bass guitar, having played with the Charles Mingus band and the Kingston Trio.
Rounding out the quartet is Ellensburg native, Garey Williams. Williams has played drums professionally in the Northwest since the ‘80’s and has played with the likes of Diana Krall, Barney McClure, and Eddie Daniels to name few. As a drummer and educator, Garey is one of the most sought after teacher / performers in the Northwest.
The Bruce Babad Quartet headlines the Sunday, July 27th performances on the Main Stage at the Rotary Pavilion at 12:30 pm.
CD Woodbury Band
In 2009, the C.D. Woodbury Band was formed primarily out of an unrehearsed appearance at the Snohomish Blues Invasion with CD and former members of Tim Casey's back-up band, the Bluescats.
Since then, the CD Woodbury Band has been described as "the Northwest's best kept secret" by fans and fellow musicians. In 2010, the Washington Blues Society named the CD Woodbury Band "Best New Blues Band" at their annual Best of the Blues Awards, and awarded CD the BB for "Best Electric Blues Guitar"
With the 2013 release of their studio debut recording, "Monday Night!", the word is out! The CD Woodbury Band has gone on to international critical acclaim, radio, and internet airplay. In terms of radio airplay, the CD Woodbury Band could be the most successful currently unsigned and unrepresented blues artists of 2013.
Get ready for an evening full of burning guitar, rockin’ blues, tasteful keyboards, soulful sax, and great tunes! The CD Woodbury Band will be at Grand Central on Saturday, July 26th at 8 pm until 11 pm.
Clave con Jazz
Malo Castro and Clave con Jazz have been together for 10 years. Malo began his music career when he was 15 years old growing up in Puerto Rico surrounded by Latin music. His desire to play Latin jazz was fulfilled when he formed the group, “Clave Con Jazz”.
The members of the group come from a variety of musical backgrounds, each bringing their own style making Clave con Jazz one of the best Latin Jazz groups in the NW. Clave Con Jazz was voted “Best Latin Jazz as well as the “Best Jazz Group” at the Kitsap County Music Awards in 2000 and 2001..
Clave Con Jazz consists of Malo Castro – Percussion, Rick White – Bass, and Jim Cochran – Piano. Also appearing with Clave Con Jazz will be two special guest artists, Susan Pascal – vibraphone, and Jr Medina – percussionist..
Clave Con Jazz will be at the Dakota Café on Friday, July 25th from 9 pm. until Midnight.
Danny Ward Quartet
Ward grew up in Bremerton, Washington, were he played his first gig at the age of 13 with a group called “The Rhythm Rockets”. He went on to earn a degree in music at Central Washington University, all the while performing as well. Ward is an innovator of jazz and funky, up-tempo tunes and has played with such musical greats as B.B. King, Lou Rawls, and Richie “Alto Madness” Cole. Ward’s music can easily transition to a smooth jazz sound that will certainly create a memorable occasion for all to enjoy.
The Danny Ward Quartet will be at the Dakota Café on Saturday, July 26th from 8:30 pm. 'til 11:30 pm.
Darren Motamedy was born in 1959 in Los Angeles, California and is of Iranian and German French-Irish decent. It was not until 1968 while living in Taiwan that Motamedy first realized that he was intrigued with music. “One of my classmates offered to play his clarinet for our class during show and tell when I was in the fourth grade,” Motamedy reminisces. “He squeaked and squawked, and captivated our entire class’s attention with his song. I knew that I wanted to be able to one day play like him.”
It was not until 1969 that Darren’s family moved from Taiwan to Kent, Washington, a suburb of Seattle, that his dream of playing the clarinet would come true. Darren played in the school band and also studied privately.
Motamedy elected to focus his energy playing the saxophone, clarinet, and flute at Central Washington University, a school renowned for its extensive music department. He continued studying the clarinet with one of America’s premier clarinetist’s, “Raymond Wheeler,” and continued to refine his jazz abilities with the late great National Jazz Educator “John Moawad.”
Darren Motamedy brings back his smooth jazz sounds to Jazz in the Valley performing on the Main Stage at the Rotary Pavilion on Friday Night, July 25th from 9 pm. until Midnight.
David Friesen Quartet
If you have ever sat and listened to a performer, and then suddenly realize that you are in the company of a great musician who plays phenomenal jazz, you will truly enjoy the David Friesen Quartet. This is a spectacular quartet with Northwest roots, and it is an encore performance worth waiting for.
David Friesen, originally from Tacoma WA, began playing music at the age of 10. He progressed to the double bass and is one of the pioneers of this art form for jazz bassists. He has performed and/or recorded with many of the legends of jazz including: Stan Getz, Bud Shank, Dizzy Gillespie, and the list is long!. He is performed as a soloist as well as with his own groups throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. He is listed as one of the 100 Greatest Jazz Bassist of all time.
Tim Willcox, a Eugene, OR native, plays the tenor sax., and has been playing jazz throughout the Northwest. He has earned several national honors and was the recipient of the Stan Getz/Clifford Brown fellowship.
Portland native, pianist Dan Gaynor studied at Mt Hood Community College and Portland State University. He has played with many musicians including Nancy King, Alan Jones, Esperanza Spalding.
Charlie Doggett, drummer/percussionist/composer is “one of the most enigmatic drummers in the Portland and greater NW music scene’. He earned his BA in Music from the University of Oregon and has performed with a long list of stellar artists such as Poncho Sanchez, Glen Moore Ben Wolfe and Titos Sompa.
The David Friesen Quartet plays on Friday, July 25th at Rodeo City BBQ beginning at 8:30 pm.
Dmitri Matheny Group
Celebrated for his warm tone, soaring lyricism and masterful technique, American musician DMITRI MATHENY has been lauded as “the first breakthrough flugelhornist since Chuck Mangione”. First introduced to jazz audiences in the 1990s as the protégé of Art Farmer, Matheny has matured into "one of the jazz world's most talented horn players" (San Francisco Chronicle), a leading figure on the international jazz scene and one of the most prolific musicians of his generation.
Today, Dmitri leads the Dmitri Matheny Group is an all-star jazz band featuring some of the most accomplished musicians in the western United States. Directed by musician/composer Dmitri Matheny, the DMG has developed an engaging repertoire and a strong international following. The groups signature sound pleases both crowds and critics, balancing fresh, original works with familiar jazz classics, hard bop, west coast cool and selections from the DMGs 9 critically-acclaimed CDs.
The Dmitri Matheny Group debuts at Jazz in the Valley at the 420 Building on Saturday, July 26th at 8:30 pm playing until 11:30 pm.
Dylan Thomas-Vance Duo
Returning once again to JIV is Portland’s Dylan-Thomas Vance. Vance’s lap slide guitar playing and proficiency with a heartbroken, drink-nursing lyric has been called everything from innovative to masterful. His command of the traditional Americana roots style is apparent, but his noted specialty is taking that tradition and tweaking it ever so slightly and respectfully, infusing his bluesy sound with a subtle jazz undercurrent.
Vance made his first real move into music as a guitarist for the Portland rock band Tao Jones in the early nineties. The band carved out a large niche following in the Northwest at the height of the Grunge epidemic.
It took a little over two years to find his "muse", and he feels he is still getting to know her. The turning point happened when he started experimenting with lap slide guitar. He finally felt at home with the music, recalling a quote from Mingus: "I knew I had become a musican when I began to play through the notes."
Some call this music the Blues, some call it Country-blues. Vance says, “To me the slide on guitar strings sounds like a chorus of voices. Lost and found souls, new life and departed lovers all joined together in song.”
The Dylan Thomas-Vance Duo will be at the Rodeo City BBQ on Saturday, July 26th from 8:30pm until 11:30pm.
Henry Cooper Band
Henry Cooper has been playing music for nearly 20 years. Starting out as a blues harmonica player, Cooper hooked up with the Coltrane Blues Band in 1976. However, it was at the height of the Urban Cowboy phenomenon, and Henry found himself wailing Mickey Rafael and Charlie McCoy harp licks in a Country band. He would return to the Blues playing slide on a Fender Jaguar and never look back. Now regarded as a slide guitar virtuoso, Henry Cooper combines the raw energy of Elmore James with the smooth style of T-bone Walker.
What sets Cooper’s style apart is his keen focus on tone and his ability to move tastefully between fingerpick and slide within a phrase. Henry plays side guitar with a high-octane combination of Albert King’s sense of rhythm and Elmore James’ hell-bent juke joint lyricism. The sound ranges from long, ringing sheets of notes to a subtle effect of metal on strings that is more felt than heard - and that’s called style.
The Henry Cooper Band will be at Grand Central on Friday, July 25th at 8 pm until 11 pm.
Jacqueline Tabor Jazz Band
Jacqueline Tabor is an award winning vocalist who lives and performs in the Pacific Northwest. This sultry alto has a voice that contains style, passion and sophistication. Expressive in her approach to a jazz standard, she creates a memorable moment and lures you in wanting more. A native of Bellevue, Washington, she was instructed by Jack Halm at Sammamish High School. After graduation she studied Music and History at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she developed a deep understanding of the blues and the origins of jazz music.
Jaqueline has been influenced by Edmonia Jarrett (her God-Mother), Diane Reeves, Eva Cassidy, Melody Gardot, Tuck and Patti, Mel Torme and Sarah Vaughn.
In early 2011 while having a moment of progression, The Jacqueline Tabor Jazz Band was born to pursue her solo career. This band is the formulation of fantastic musicians, and the result of diligence and basic hard work. She was awarded Seattle Kobe Jazz Queen in 2011 and in 2012 she was presented with the NW Vocalist of the Year for the Golden Ear Award.
Enjoy the distinctive music of the Jacqueline Tabor Jazz Band,..."tasteful jazz which sets a wonderful tone and atmosphere“... at Fitterer’s Furniture on Friday, July 25th from 8 pm. until 11 pm.
Directed By Norm Wallen
This Sunday event is dedicated to the memory of John "Coach" Moawad who helped inspire the Jazz festival through the many talented musicians that graduated from his Jazz Program at CWU and who for our first eleven years reunited with them to produce the grand sounds of The "All Star Festival Big Band" that closes the festival on Sunday. In 2011, the band reunited to create their first ever CD release entitled "For You". All proceeds benefit the John Moawad Music Scholarship at Central Washington University.
Each year, the All-Star Big Band performance has wowed the crowd - and this year promises to be even more exciting. Norm Wallen will be directing the all star group of musicians that includes many artists that performed earlier in the festival and will stay to be part of this extraordinary experience.
The John Moawad All-Star Big Band is scheduled for Sunday, July 27th at 2:30 p.m. on the Main Stage at the Rotary Pavilion in historic downtown Ellensburg.
Kareem Kandi Quartet
A native of the Pacific Northwest, saxophonist Kareem Kandi is a performer, composer, and educator, who is in high demand for his talents both on and off the stage.
Growing up in the Northwest with its vibrant music scene allowed Kandi the opportunity to study with, listen to and perform with world class jazz artists residing in the area. Artists such as Tracy Knoop, Jay Thomas, Don Lanphere, Bill Ramsay, Hadley Caliman, Julian Priester and many others had a large impact on Kareem early in his musical education. This direction and guidance continues to inspire and lead Kandi as he continues his lifelong passion undertaking a career as a professional musician. Kandi’s Northwest Jazz profile includes awards for “Best Jazz Group “ from 2007 – 2011.
Today, as a performing artist he spends most of his time leading his group The Kareem Kandi Quartet for which he composes and arranges most of the music. The band is constantly on the move as a sought after performing group and spends most of its time performing in and around the Pacific Northwest.
“If you want a true jazz experience go hear Kareem Kandi. Just sit back and transport yourself to any jazz club in the world where you imagine you want to be and Kareem will take you there because he is a classic jazz musician.”
The Kareem Kandi Quartet will be at Gallery One on Friday, July 25th from 8:30 pm to 11:30 pm
The Lenny Price Quartet will bring their style of smooth jazz providing a most memorable evening for those JIV fans in attendance. The quartet is led by veteran performer, Lenny Price. Price is a jazz saxophonist best known for his 13 years touring and recording with Grammy-winning guitarist Earl Klugh. He also has extensive credits as a soloist, bandleader, composer, producer and music educator. Originally from Nebraska, he was raised mostly in suburban Detroit where he was exposed to jazz at an early age by listening to his father’s record collection and WJZZ, the smooth jazz station in Detroit.
Featured member of the quartet will be Hal Weary (piano) who brings a distinctly artistic touch to his compositions and piano playing. Despite his peripatetic activities all around the musical map, his curiosity has never dimmed. He has performed at some of the world’s finest venues and jazz festivals. Highlights from those performances include appearances at Switzerland’s Montreux Jazz Festival, Belgium’s Gouvy Jazz Festival, Paris’ Le Braiser Salé, Sydney, Australia’s Wine Banq, and various venues and festivals in New York City. He is the owner of Musichal LLC; recorded two CDs as a bandleader; maintains an extensive and diverse composition catalog; invited as a guest speaker and guest lecturer at Colleges and Universities throughout the country; and currently performs and records with world-class musicians from around the globe.
Completing the quartet are Chuck Kislter and Garey Williams. Chuck Kistler (bass) is a graduate of the Berkley College of Music where he studied with Garrision Fewell, Donny Nolan, Mitch Haupers & Phil Wilson. He's played bass professionally in the Northwest since the late 90’s and has been described as a first call instrumentalist by the Seattle Times (January 4th, 2013). Garey Williams (drums) has played drums professionally in the Northwest since the 80’s working with numerous bands and many notable Jazz musicians including Diana Krall, Kristin Korb, Bud Shank, Barney McClure, Howard Roberts, Joe Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, Clay Jenkins, Inger Jensen, Eddie Daniels,and many more. As a drummer and educator, Garey has become one of the most sought after teachers and performers in the Northwest..
The Lenny Price Quartet featuring Hal Weary will make two appearances at the Jazz in the Valley Festival. See them on the Main Stage at the Rotary Pavilion Saturday afternoon, July 26th at 2p.m. then later that evening at the Clymer Museum from 9:00p.m. until Midnight.
Little Bill & the Blue Notes
Washington music legend "Little Bill" Engelhart leads his band, the Blue Notes into Jazz in the Valley once again! Formed in 1957, the Blue Notes were the first rock 'n' roll band in Tacoma, Washington. They're still going strong more than half a century later, led by Bill's soulful voice and slide guitar mastery. Bill is a 16-time Washington Blues Society BB award winner and is known as Washington’s “Ambassador of Bass Guitar”. Most recently, Little Bill and the Blue Notes were inducted into the Washington Blues Society Hall of Fame.
Englehart’s, band is a powerhouse of Blues, R&B and Soul Music. With his 60 years in show business Bill knows how to put together a multifaceted show and band that is always a crowd pleaser. "Little Bill" on Fender Bass and lead vocals is the very personification of "Soul". The fabulous Dick Powell on keyboards, harmonica and vocals will amaze you with his ability to solo simultaneously on piano & harp. Guitarist Billy Stapleton shows off a wide variety of styles on Lead and Slide guitar, and on drums the rock steady Tom Morgan, Little Bill's drummer since the very beginning.
Little Bill and the Blue Notes will be at The Elmira Saturday, July 26th from 9pm 'til Midnight.
Michael Powers was born in New York City, but grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. His musical career began as therapy, when at the age of 15 he took up strumming the guitar to strengthen his wrist after a skateboard accident. Following his graduation from high school, he moved to Seattle and frequented local jam sessions. As Michaels musicianship progressed, his interests broadened to include music theory. He enrolled at Seattles Cornish College of the Arts where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Composition and Performance. His style was influenced by a diverse group of musicians which includes Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Charlie Parker, George Benson, Stanley Jordan, Miles Davis, and Kevin Eubanks. Michael has shared performed with, recorded with or shared billings with piano giant Herbie Hancock, Gil Scott Heron, Nancy Wilson, Les McCann, Tommy Davidson, Dr. Cornel West, the legendary Ray Charles, King Sunny Ade, Diane Schuur, Gladys Knight, David Benoit, and sax great Ernie Watts.
"Its hard to categorize my music, although it usually ends up in the Jazz record bins," says Michael. "If I had to put a label on it, I would call it contemporary instrumental music. Its a sound rooted in the Jazz tradition that keeps pace stylistically with Pop, R&B, and Blues; with Blues being at the core of my inspiration."
Michael Powers will be at Gallery POne Saturday, July 26th from 8:30 pm 'til 11:30 pm.
Orville Johnson & Grant Dermody
Orville Johnson was born and raised in the southern Illinois heartland. In St Louis, MO, he was exposed to and participated in a variety of blues, bluegrass and American roots music. Johnson can sing the blues, pick the guitar and dobro and just about anything with strings on it, write you a song and tell you a story and then teach you how to do it, too. Johnson is a hard musician to categorize since he can do it all. He's a singer, player, songwriter, and the top dobro player on the West coast of America and has become a vital figure on the NW music scene in the 30 years he has lived here. He loves every aspect of music and wants to let you know about it!
Grant Dermody is a harmonica player, singer, songwriter, and teacher from Seattle, Washington. Described as "an understated harmonica virtuoso and a vocalist of subtlety and warmth" by Don McLeese of No Depression magazine, Grant is a highly versatile musician and a lifelong student of the harmonica and acoustic blues. Beyond the blues, Grant is passionate about old-time music. As a member of The Improbabillies, whose 1998 self-titled CD made a serious splash in the old-time world, Grant brought a unique blues sensibility and an innovative harmonica style to that genre.
Sit back and enjoy the blues uniquely played by Orville Johnson and Grant Dermody at the 420 Building on Friday, July 25th from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Rebecca Kilgore is one of America's leading song stylists who delights in interpreting the music of the Great American Songbook. She regularly performs worldwide at jazz festivals, jazz parties, and on jazz cruises. She is a frequent guest on National Public Radio’s ‘Fresh Air’ with Terry Gross, has appeared on ‘A Prairie Home Companion’, and with Michael Feinstein at Carnegie Hall.
Kilgore is honored to have been inducted (in 2010) to the Oregon Music Hall of Fame and to the Jazz Society of Oregon’s Hall Of Fame, and to have been invited to perform at New York’s Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention for three years at Town Hall and Lincoln Center. She was the guest of honor at the 2013 Roswell (New Mexico) Jazz Festival.
Jazz pianist Randy Porter has a refined understanding of improvisation and the spontaneous communication between musicians. As a Steinway Artist, Randy Porter draws from a rich palette of sonorities found within his imagination and the depths of the piano. Lynn Darroch of The Oregonian states, “Porter has built a reputation as a musician’s musician, a knowledgeable, inventive, and sophisticated player with a remarkable sense of time and gorgeous keyboard facility.
Porter has performed with many jazz greats, including Freddy Hubbard, Art Farmer, and Benny Golson. He has also performed with the Charles McPherson Quartet throughout the US and in France, Italy, Greece, and China.
Rebecca Kilgore and and Randy Porter present a wide variety of songs from the Thirties to the present, celebrating the musicians they love, including Billie Holiday, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Dave Frishberg, Lyle Ritz, honoring composers famous or obscure. Tender or exuberant, Rebecca and Randy team up for a memorable program.
Rebecca Kilgore and Randy Porter will be at the Clymer Museum on Friday, July 25th from 8:30 pm 'til 11:30 pm.
Sidewalk Stompers is a traditional jazz band, a small acoustic street band able to play anywhere without a piano or drums and small enough to move from spot to spot wherever there's a need for hot jazz. The band plays the early style of jazz like the small street groups in New Orleans in the era of Louis Armstrong and King Oliver. For the past 13 years the Sidewalk Stompers have performed on the town sidewalks and on stage at the Ellensburg Jazz-In-The-Valley festival every July representing traditional jazz as the roots of all the other styles of jazz brought together for that festival.
Entertaining you with their Dixie land jazz are: Karl Walterskirchen on banjo, Dave Holo - lead horn player, Dave Loomis on slide trombone, Jim Buckman on clarinet, alto sax & tenor sax, and Mark Verhrencamp on tuba.
The Sidewalk Stompers will kick off Jazz in the Valley on Friday, July 25th at 5:30 pm as they play around Downtown Ellensburg and between acts on the Main Stage at the Rotary Pavilion, Saturday, July 26th.
Swingin' Soire Dance Band
SWINGIN' SOIREE...... a group of seasoned musicians playing music all will enjoy! The instrumental section is strong and swinging, and the vocals take you back to a time when song lyrics could be understood and beautiful tones were appreciated.
Leader and trombonist Eric Stevens founded the band about one year ago after having played with legendary artists such as The Temptations, Bill Watrous, Seve Turre, Pancho Sanchez, and The Four Tops.
Vocalist Melanie Vail, a popular singer in the South Sound, captivates audiences with memorable performances of tunes such as "Georgia," "You're Nobody 'til Somebody Loves You," and "Tangerine."
Swingin’ Soiree will be at the Moose Lodge on Friday, July 25th from 8 pm. until 11 pm.
The Kim Field Band
One of the hottest blues acts on the Northwest scene is Kim Field and the Mighty Titans of Tone. This powerful West Coast based rhythm and blues quartet is fronted by internationally celebrated singer and harmonica player, Kim Fields. The band’s music brims with the qualities that generated the Titans a large fan following and appearances at several major festivals – Field’s smoky voice and a big as –all – outdoors harmonica tone.
Field began his musical career in New York, where he worked with the Sting Rays, a group managed by Phil Schaap. Returning home to Seattle, he teamed up with Isaac Scott, appearing on two albums with the legendary guitarist. Field spent several years fronting the Slamhound Hunters, whose performances and two albums were strongly received in both Europe and the United States. Over the years Field has appeared on bills with such R&B legends as Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robert Cray, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Gregg Allman, James Cotton, Otis Rush, John Lee Hooker, and many others. He has appeared at the San Francisco Blues Festival, performed on New Year’s Eve in New York City’s Central Park, and was a featured performer at Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival many years running.
For the Mighty Titans of Tone, Field has assembled an all-star quartet of the Northwest’s premier musicians. Together, they offer a compelling body of original music that doesn’t just pay homage to American roots music but offers up its own contributions to that venerable genre.
The Kim Field Band will perform at The Elmira on Friday, July 25th from 9 pm. until Midnight..
The WIRED! Band
The WIRED! Blues Band rings in 2014 with a fresh sound, a renewed commitment to its blues roots, and a new album in the works. Accomplished and versatile guitar player, singer/songwriter and bluesman Neal "Virgil" Brown has joined Rick Jacobson and Keith Bakke as a full-time member of the band and its new front man.
The WIRED! Blues Band from Seattle, Washington, won the prestigious International Blues Challenge at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis, Tennessee, in February 2012, after a four-day competition on Beale Street amongst hundreds of bands from around the world. The band has won numerous Washington Blues Society Best of the Blues awards, including three-time Best Blues Band and the Best Blues Album, and performs in blues festivals throughout the Pacific Northwest, including Mt. Baker, Sunbanks, Jazz in the Valley, Winthrop, and the Portland Waterfront Festival, as well as the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise in the Caribbean.
The WIRED! Band’s reason for being: the love of collaboration, of creating and celebrating blues music together and the joy of entertaining.
The WIRED! Band will be on the Main Stage at the Rotary Pavilion, Saturday, July 26th from 9 pm 'til Midnight.
Total Experience Gospel Choir
The Total Experience Gospel Choir has been hailed as one of the Pacific Northwest's finest soulful ensembles. Pastor Patrinell Staten Wright started the group as a gospel music class at Seattle's Franklin High School in 1973. Since then the choir has grown to become a nationally and internationally known gospel singing group.
The Choir has over 150 awards and recognitions locally, statewide, nationally and internationally. They have performed on the same billing with the late Dr. James Cleveland, founder of the 60,000 strong Gospel Music Workshop of America; Quincy Jones; Ray Charles; the Hawkins Family of "Oh Happy Day" fame; Take Six - award winning acapella group; Mormon Tabernacle Choir; Winans; Michael Bolton; Sweet Honey in the Rock; The Judds; Charlie Daniel; Pete Seeger; Steely Dan; Olympia Dukakis; Chuck Mangione; and many others.
The Total Experience Gospel Choir will be performing Sunday, July 27th at 10:30 a.m. until noon on the Main Stage at the Rotary Pavilion.
Jazz in the Valley is pleased to welcome back Norm Wallen and Wind Power. Wallen is a product of of the Seattle schools, and began his professional playing career in the late ‘60s, and performed as a sideman with a veritable “Who’s-Who” of high-profile professional entertainers.
Norm Wallen has composed and arranged nearly 2.000 works, and was among the first composers anywhere to embrace computer technology. Well over half of his compositions and arrangements were written on professional commission, and many are published by his own company, Peerless Nerd Publishing.
Wind Power is a 15-piece dance band with 2 vocalists, 4 saxophones, 6 brass, and rhythm, playing the dance music you hear on shows like "Dancing With The Stars."
There's something for everybody, from the newest songs on the pop and country charts, Latin, and rock ballroom classics, all the way back to big band swing hits from the ‘30s.
Whether you're kicking back and listening, or kicking up your heels on the dance floor, you'll love the broad spectrum of entertaining vocal and instrumental dance music performed by some of the finest professional musicians in Central Washington.
Be ready to quick step to the music of Wind Power at the Moose Lodge on Saturday, July 26th from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.