2017 Jazz Artists
Friday Night Venues
5:00 - 8:00 PM Sidewalk Stompers
8:00 - 11:00 PM Rewind Quartet
Henry Cooper Band
Les Stress & the Testers
8:15 - 9:45 PM Paul Green & Brian Butler
10:00 PM – Midnight Junior Cadillac
8:30 – 11:30 PM Adam Harris Quintet w/ George Colligan
9:00 PM - Black Dolly
Randy Oxford's All-Star Slam
Saturday Main Stage
10:00 a.m.: CWU Jazz Camp Groups
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
Sunday Main Stage
10:30 AM - Total Experience Gospel Choir
12:15 PM - Aubrey Logan
2:00 PM - Ellen Whyte Band
Initial Artist Descriptions
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 college students, music educators, and a colorful bunch of local professionals all of whom treasure the opportunity to make terrific music together. A familiar group with the local swing dance crowd, the band has played dances and concerts at CWU, Gonzaga University, Seasons Performance Hall in Yakima, Suncadia Resort, The Kittitas County Fair, The Ellensburg summer concert series, and in 2014 performed in Sanda City Japan.
Catch the swing sounds of the Ellensburg Big Band as they play on the Main Stage – Rotary Pavilion on Saturday, July 30th at 6 pm.
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 Cadillacin’!"
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” 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
Jazz 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
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 :
The Kobie Watkins Grouptet will perform Saturday, July 29th. at the Clymber Museum starting at 9:00 PM
Pearl Djangowith Gail Pettis
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.
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. 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:
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 between Noon and 7:00 PM at the Main Stage Rotary Pavilion.