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Bellevue Jazz Festival tickets to Branford Marsalis Quartet (May 23) and Spanish Harlem Orchestra (May 24) on sale now
(Published: March 28, 2008)

(Bellevue, Wash.) - Branford Marsalis and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra are among the jazz stars set to perform at the 2008 Bellevue Jazz Festival, April 9 through May 24, 2008.

Tickets for the Branford Marsalis Quartet and Spanish Harlem Orchestra concerts on Memorial Day weekend are on sale as of March 28, 2008.

Three-time Grammy Award winning saxophonist and Marsalis Music label founder Branford Marsalis will lead the quartet in a performance on Friday, May 23, at Meydenbauer Center. The Spanish Harlem Orchestra (SHO), a 13-member Latin jazz ensemble and Grammy winner directed by musician and producer Oscar Hernández, will perform Saturday, May 24, at Meydenbauer Center.

Tickets for both performances are available online through TicketsWest (http://www.ticketswest.co...) and at participating QFC and Rudy's Barbershop stores. Complete festival details are available online at http://www.bellevuejazz.c....

Tickets for the Branford Marsalis Quartet range from $20 for reserved seating to $75 for Golden Circle table seating near the stage. Spanish Harlem Orchestra tickets run from $30 for general admission to $60 Golden Circle table seating near the stage.

The Bellevue Jazz Festival, produced by the Bellevue Downtown Association, begins April 9 with an all-star line-up of regional artists performing free Wednesday night concerts throughout Downtown Bellevue. Audiences will hear vocalists Greta Matassa and Gail Pettis, trumpeter Thomas Marriott, percussionist Ben Thomas, Gypsy jazz band Pearl Django and the Brazilian jazz trio of Jovino Santos Neto.

In years ahead, the Bellevue Downtown Association will program the festival with an expanded weekend showcase of national acts and regional artists, free and ticketed concerts, and educational workshops and panel discussions.

"The Bellevue Jazz Festival will take root in 2008, grow in 2009 and with the support of our audience mature into a major destination event that fosters critical acclaim and draws enthusiasts from throughout the Northwest," said BDA President Leslie Lloyd.

Bellevue is building on a solid jazz tradition. Like much of the Seattle region, Bellevue and Eastside high schools support strong jazz programs. The City of Bellevue produced the original Bellevue Jazz Festival from 1978 to 1993, and the Bellevue Downtown Association has hosted free jazz concerts throughout the past decade.

"Reviving the jazz festival is a significant cultural step for our thriving community," added Lloyd. "Many Downtown Bellevue restaurants already boast excellent indoor venues and live jazz on the weekends. PACE (Performing Arts Center Eastside), a 2,000-seat house planned to open in 2010, should be a centerpiece in the festival's future along with Meydenbauer Center."

Downtown Bellevue, one of the fastest-growing urban centers in the Puget Sound region, is located just east of Seattle across Lake Washington and 15 minutes north of Sea-Tac International Airport.

2008 Bellevue Jazz Festival Concert Schedule:

Wed., April 9
5-6:30 p.m.
Jovino Santos Neto
Bellevue Arts Museum
510 Bellevue Way

Wed., April 16
5-6:30 p.m.
Gail Pettis
Bellevue Arts Museum
510 Bellevue Way

Wed., April 23
5-6:30 p.m.
Pearl Django
Bellevue Arts Museum
510 Bellevue Way

Wed., April 30
5-6:30 p.m.
Thomas Marriott
Bellevue City Hall
450 110th Ave. NE

Wed., May 7
5-6:30 p.m.
Ben Thomas
601 108th Ave. NE

Wed., May 14
5-6:30 p.m.
Greta Matassa
Civica Office Commons
205 108th Avenue NE

Fri., May 23
8 p.m.
Branford Marsalis Quartet
Meydenbauer Center (Center Hall)
11100 NE 6th Street

Sat., May 24
9 p.m.
Spanish Harlem Orchestra
Meydenbauer Center (Center Hall)
11100 NE 6th Street

Wine and appetizers may be purchased at all Bellevue Jazz Festival concerts. The Bellevue Arts Museum and downtown restaurants will host additional free jazz performances May 23 and May 24.

About the Bellevue Downtown Association:
Established in 1974, the Bellevue Downtown Association (http://www.bellevuedownto...) is a nonprofit, membership organization charged with leading the continuing evolution of Downtown Bellevue as the economic and cultural heart of the Eastside.

The BDA advocates for a shared vision of Downtown Bellevue, cultivates economic vitality, fosters a dynamic civic and cultural community and creates an open forum for Downtown constituents. The BDA also produces the Symetra Bellevue Family 4th, the 6th Street Fair, the Live at Lunch Concert Series, Walk Downtown Bellevue, and the Group Health Ice Arena as part of the Bellevue Magic Season.


More Information: http://www.bellevuejazz.com

Submitted By: Patrick Bannon

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