2:30 - 4:00 PM / Shemekia Copeland Blues Band
Whether she’s belting out a raucous blues-rocker or digging deep down into a subtle, country-tinged ballad, Shemekia Copeland sounds like no one else. The 2011 Chicago Blues Festival declared Copeland to be “The New Queen of the Blues.” She’s sung with Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, Carlos Santana, James Cotton and others. The 2-time GRAMMY-nominee has earned 8 Blues Music Awards. Copeland has performed thousands of gigs at clubs, festivals and concert halls all over the world!
Quote: “Shemekia captures the timelessness of the blues while spinning it forward with remarkable maturity.” — USA Today
5:30 - 7:00 PM / Jane Monheit Quartet
Blessed with “a voice of phenomenal beauty” (Stephen Holden, New York Times), Jane Monheit has had plenty of milestone moments in establishing herself as one of today’s best and most important vocalist-musicians. Monheit has also appeared on the albums of many other artists over the years, including Terence Blanchard, Tom Harrell, Freddy Cole, Mark O’Connor, David Benoit, and Ivan Lins.
11:30 - 12:30 PM / Dave Lee & Sheila Wilcoxson
Pianist Dave Lee & Singer-Songwriter Sheila Wilcoxson perform at clubs and venues throughout the Northwest. They open our Saturday morning with jazz and gospel standards.
3:30 - 5:00 PM / Ronnie Baker Brooks Band
At 19, Ronnie Baker Brooks joined his father’s band, Chicago blues legend Lonnie “Guitar Jr.” Brooks. For 12 years the two toured the world with Ronnie performing out front with Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Koko Taylor. In 1998 his father told him to go solo. Ronnie is now recognized as one of the premier blues guitarists of his generation.
Gates open at 11 AM
4:30 - 6:00 PM / Christopher Brown Quartet
Based in Portland, Oregon the Christopher Brown Quartet features some of the finest musicians of the new generation of young jazz artists: John Nastos (Alto Sax), Greg Goebel (Piano), Raymond Reyes (Bass) and Christopher "TCOM" Brown (Drums).
6:30 - 8:00 PM / Grace Kelly Band
Saxophonist, singer, and composer Grace Kelly plays with the heart and passion of an old soul yet with the genre-bending zest and energy of a 24-year-old. Having been a regular on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s band, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Grace Kelly recently released her 10th CD as a leader. The latest album, Trying To Figure It Out, was voted #2 Jazz Album of The Year in the 2016 Downbeat Magazine Readers Poll.
Quote: “Grace Kelly is going to be a big star” – Huey Lewis
8:30 - 10:00 PM / Ruthie Foster
3-time GRAMMY nominee and 7-time Blues Music Award winner Ruthie Foster blends jazz, blues, folk, soul, rock and gospel into her own unique sound. This Austin native has toured the world with her band and performed with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Allman Brothers and Susan Tedeschi.
Gates open at 4 PM
2017 Concert Schedule
7:30 - 9:00 PM / John Mayall Blues Band
Recognized as “The Godfather of British Blues,” John Mayall has an impressive musical career that spans over 50 years. The English blues singer, pianist, harmonica player, guitarist, and songwriter founded the band, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers in the 1960’s — whose members included: Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Jack Bruce, Mick Taylor, Walter Trout, Coco Montoya and Buddy Whittington.
Friday Northwest Bands
12:30 - 1:30 PM / Seattle Jazz Singers
Known for their tight harmonies and cool arrangements, the Seattle Jazz Singers are recognized as one of the premiere vocal jazz ensembles on the West Coast.
1:00 -2:00 PM / The United States 56th Army Jazz Band
Jazz music expresses freedom, improvisation and creativity, and in this sense it is truly "America's Music." We salute the women and men of our military who defend freedom. The 56th US Army Band - based in Ft. Lewis, Washington - is one of the premier American military bands. Come hear these great musicians SWING!
Saturday Northwest Bands
8:30 - 10:00 PM / The Rippingtons
The Rippingtons celebrate their 30th anniversary this year as a ground-breaking contemporary jazz band. Founded by guitarist and composer Russ Freeman, the GRAMMY® nominated group has released 22 albums, all of which have attained top 5 Billboard status, with 5 of them reaching #1.
Quote: “Moonlighting is the #1 most influential contemporary jazz album of all time.” — Jazziz Magazine
11:30 - 12:15 PM / Mardi Gras All Stars
Gary Smith's Mardi Gras All-Star Band brings classic hot jazz to the Portland, Oregon area. This Roots Music music in the Dixieland style of Louis Armstrong is the what brought Jazz music to the world. Join us for our "Sunday New Orleans Gospel Dixie and Gospel Show".
Friday, August 25
Sunday Headline Bands
1:45 - 3:00 PM / Sara Gazarek Quartet
Amongst a community teeming with startlingly gifted young singers, Sara Gazarek stands out as a particularly extravagant artist. As LA Times music writer Don Heckman said: “she may well turn out to be the next important jazz singer.”
Quote: “…she is an accomplished scat improviser who exudes an engaging blend of confidence and cheer.” – The New York Times
Saturday Headline Bands
Sunday Northwest Bands
6:30 - 8:00 PM / The Dan Balmer Band
Dan Balmer has long been considered one of the finest guitarists, composers, and educators in the Northwest. In 2009 Dan became one of only five Oregonians to be honored with membership in both The Oregon Music Hall of Fame and the Jazz Society of Oregon Hall of Fame.
4:30 - 6:00 PM / Russell Malone Jazz Quartet
Russell Malone is one of the signature guitar players of his generation. Malone has released ten highly acclaimed albums since 1992. Prior to leading his own quartet and trio, Malone performed for more than 20 years in the bands of Harry Connick Jr., Diana Krall, Diane Reeves and Wynton Marsalis.
Quote: “This is an absolute master, the best of the best.” – Downbeat Magazine.
Friday Headline Band
Sunday, August 27
Gates open at 11 AM
Saturday, August 26