July  28 · 29 · 30  2017

Historic Downtown Ellensburg, WA



Jazz Artists - 2016


 Friday Night   Venues

 5:30 PM  Sidewalk Stompers

 8:00 PM  Brown Edition

                  CD Woodbury


 8:30 PM  Joe Brooks Quartet

                  Industrial Revelation

                  Mark Pickerel

                  Taylor Zickefoose Quartet

 9:00 PM  Malo Castro Quartet

                  Mark Taylor & Ryan Burns

                 Randy Oxford's All-Star Slam

10:00 PM  Jr Cadillac


Saturday Afternoon

Main Stage

Noon:   Clinton Fearon

 2 PM:   Kobie Watkins Grouptet

 3 PM:   Industrial Revelation

 4 PM:   Kim Archer Duo

 5 PM:   Pearl Django with Gail Pettis

 6 PM:   Ellensburg Big Band


Saturday Night Venues

 8:00 PM  Doctor Funk

                  Pearl Django with Gail Pettis

                  Wind Power

 8:30 PM  Blue Café

                  Kobie Watkins Grouptet

                  Lenny Price & Friends

 9:00 PM  Brent Edstrom Trio

                   Dylan-Thomas Vance Duo

                   Kim Archer Band

                   King Kom Beaux



Main Stage

10:30 AM  Total Experience Gospel Choir

12:15 PM  Just 4 Kicks

  2:00 PM  Duffy Bishop Band


Blue Café



Blue Café Jazz


Blue Café, one of central Washington State's most popular jazz groups, plays a variety of styles including Jazz, Latin, Blues and Funk. Formed by Chris Hull and Ron Siegel in 2006, the group has been performing in the Central Washing area for ten years now.


Blue Café consists largely of musicians from Central Washington's University's outstanding music department. This year’s group consists of:

  • Greg Lyman - Central Grad and highly respected musician on bass
  • Drew Medak - Jazz Band One and Vocal Jazz on keyboards
  • Ron Siege - veteran of the Northwest music scene on drums
  • Kevin Lane - Central grad student and outstanding player on tenor sax
  • Chris Hull - Central Alumni and former Central band member on alto sax.

Blue Café  performs at Jazz in the Valley on  Saturday, July 30th  at Rodeo City BBQ  starting at  8:30 pm.



Brent Edstrom Trio


The Brent Edstrom Trio has delighted audiences for over a decade. The members of the trio are top-call musicians who draw on a deep understanding of jazz history and tradition. Noted conductor and jazz historian Gunther Schuller described the trio as "a gift to the community." One listener exclaimed "it's as if they are joined at the hip." Their rapport is evident from the first note as listeners are transfixed by their spontaneous playing style and dynamic range.


The Brent Edstrom Trio members are Brent Edstrom, jazz pianist virtuoso, Eugene Jablonsky, gifted educator and performer, on bass, and Rick Westrick , percussion , who has performed with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra for over 25 years


The Brent Edstrom Trio will perform at the Clymer Museum on Saturday, July 30th starting at 9:00 pm.



The Brown Edition


Sophisticated Funk


The Brown Edition is high energy funk driven by the original stylings of some of the best musicians around the Pacific Northwest. The group’s original compositions, a finely woven blend of vocal and instrumental grooves, are instantly appealing, yet technically complex. The Brown Edition is soul, pop, jazz, groove and sexiness all wrapped up in one! A bass groove will reach around and grab your soul while guitars elevate your mind. A blistering horn section will make your hair stand on end as the keyboards massage your brain and the percussion shakes your booty!


The Brown Edition and its Sophisticated Funk will be at Jazz in the Valley on Friday, July 29that the Moose Lodge starting at 8 pm.



CD Woodbury

CD Woodbury


In the last five years, CD Woodbury has transformed himself from journeyman sideman and “the NW’s best kept secret” into an internationally recognized rising star of the Pacific NW blues scene. As singer, songwriter, and guitarist CD Woodbury has seven Best of the Blues awards from the Seattle based Washington Blues Society including performer of the year, songwriter, NW recording, and 3 times for electric guitar


Now on his own, CD is currently performing contemporary blues, roots music, rhythm & blues, jazz, and New Orleans influenced music with his newly formed trio of himself, Don Montana on drums (CDWB, Tim Casey and the Bluescats), and bassist Patrick McDanel (Mary McPage & the Assassins, Brian Nova).


Join CD Woodbury and his “Booty shakin’ contemporary blues with wit and extra- ordinary substance” on  Friday, July 29th   at the  Grand Central  starting at  8 pm.



Clinton Fearon


Clinton FearonBorn in Jamaica and starting his career at 16, Clinton Fearon began a journey which continues today based out of Seattle, Washington. He spent his early days singing and playing bass with the Gladiators before coming to the United States. Clinton brings his rocksteady and ska style Reggae music to life with his band, The Boogie Brown Band. As a composer, singer and bass player Clinton Fearon is firmly versed in his music. With over ten albums to date as The Boogie Brown Band and their touring in United States, France and beyond, Clinton continues to bring excitement and body shaking pleasures to his followers.


Fearon states he writes from his heart and “his music that is good for the soul - always with a message of hope and betterment for tomorrow. It's good for dancing, good for listening and I think it's good for all."


Clinton Fearon  kicks off the Jazz in the Valley afternoon performances on  Saturday, July 30th  at the  Main Stage, Rotary Pavilion  at  12 pm.



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 30th  at the Grand Central  starting at  8 pm.



Duffy Bishop Band

Duffy Bishop


Legendary Blues vocalist, Duffy Bishop and the Duffy Bishop Band last appeared at Jazz in the Valley in 2005 & 2007 and it is a pleasure to have them back!!


Based in Portland Oregon, Duffy Bishop is in the Cascade Blues Association and Washington Blues Society Hall Of Fame, and a recipient of both organizations' Lifetime Achievement Award. She has won the CBA's Female Vocalist Award so many years in a row that they renamed it the Duffy Bishop Female Vocalist Award.


The  Duffy Bishop Band  with their “Rockin’ R & B sound will close-out this year's Jazz in the Valley Festival on Sunday, July 31st  on the  Main Stage Rotary Pavilion  starting at  2 pm.



Dylan-Thomas Vance Duo

Dylan-Thomas Vance


The power house duo of Dylan-Thomas Vance and Griff Bear returns to Jazz in the Valley! Their music is a superlative example of traditional Americana/roots style, with subtle jazz undercurrents. Vance’s extensive jazz training and lap slide guitar paired with Bear’s classical violin training & love of old time Celtic fiddle, "capture the magic and energy that only a live performance between two virtuosos can deliver”. Bear >


The Dylan-Thomas Vance Duo will be at Jazz in the Valley on Saturday, July 30th at the Dakota Café starting at 9:00 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.



Industrial Revelation


Industrial Relevation


Making their first appearance at Jazz in the Valley and the two time winner of the Earshot Jazz Alternative Group Award is Industrial Revelation. This popular indie group presents a magical jazzy, bluesy, funky mix of delightful music. Their music is a playful and passionate syncing of their individual talents in a 'Revelation' of sound that just works perfectly. Formed in 2005 by D’Vonne Lewis (grandson of fabled Seattle R&B pianist, Dave Lewis), IRS will take you through a range of emotions as their set progresses and envelope you with a their stylish and unique sound.




Joe Brooks Quartet

Joseph Brooks Clarinetist Extrodinaire


Joseph Brooks is a very active and diverse woodwind performer. Spanning his career of nearly 40 years, he has held principal chairs and has been a featured soloist on the clarinet, oboe, and saxophone. Brooks is a classical performer and as well as a jazz artist. Brooks is currently Professor of Saxophone at Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA


The  Joe Brooks Quartet  will perform at Jazz in the Valley on  Friday, July 29th  at   Rodeo City BBQ starting at 8:30 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 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 29th  at the   Main Stage - Rotary Pavilion  starting  10:00 pm



Just 4 Kicks


Just 4 Kicks is an a cappella vocal jazz quartet. It is composed of four uniquely talented and musically successful vocalists from the West Coast (each with independent careers in the music industry) who were thrust together at several northwest jazz festivals in 1993, and a quartet emerged!Just 4 Kicks -  a capella (and so much more)

Kirby Shaw, from Ashland, Oregon is one of the most well-known choral and vocal jazz composers/arrangers of our time.


Randy Crenshaw is among the first-call studio singers and arrangers in Los Angeles.


Kirk Marcy, a Four Freshmen alumnus, directs the internationally-acclaimed vocal jazz ensemble Soundsation at Edmonds Community College, just north of Seattle.


Vijay Singh, widely known for his versatility as a composer, arranger, and soloist is the director of the vocal jazz program at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington,

Since putting their quartet together, Just 4 Kicks has become a staple at jazz festivals, clinics, and concerts throughout the United States and Canada. As charismatic performers and strong educators, they are able to present themselves and their entertaining art in an engaging way that audiences of every demographic stripe and students of all ages can appreciate, applaud, understand, and learn from.


Just 4 Kicks - “a capella (and so much more..) will appear at Jazz in the Valley on Sunday, July 30thon the Main Stage Rotary Pavilion starting at 12:15 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 30thon the  Main Stage, Rotary Pavilion   starting at  9 pm.



King Kom Beaux


Kim Kom Beaux - Blues


The King Kom Beaux band brings its driving, Cajun-kissed blues to Jazz in the Valley! The band is comprised of four seasoned veterans and award winning musicians. Coming together in 2014, the band has a strong Louisiana Cajun influence, that builds on the award winning skills of Billy Barner on drums, the strong bottom end groove of Joe Hendershot on bass, the spicy and flavorful Louisiana influence of Doug Kearney on guitar and the final Cajun touch of Steve Vincent on the accordion.


“Servin’ up a heapin’ mess o’ the Blues”, King Kom Beaux will perform at Jazz in the Valley on  Saturday, July 30th  at Kelleher’s  starting at  9 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 have two appearances at Jazz in the Valley on Saturday, July 30th.  They will be at the  Main Stage, Rotary Pavilion  starting at  2 pm  and at the  420 Building  starting at  8:30 pm.



Lenny Price & Friends

 Lenny Price & Friends

Lenny 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.


In recent years, Price has established the Jazz, Bites & Sips an educational nonprofit promoting the performing arts, economic development and community building. He currently lives in Ellensburg, Washington.


Lenny Price & Friends  will perform at Jazz in the Valley on  Saturday, July 30th  at  Gallery One  starting at 8:30 pm.



Malo Castro Quartet



The Malo Castro Quartet returns to bring the spice of Latin jazz to Jazz in the Valley! Originally from Puerto Rico, he began his music career at the age of 15. Since then he has been recognized as “Best Percussionist’ and has continued to bring Latin jazz to the NW.


This year, Castro plays tribute to the music of American Latin jazz musician, Cal Tjader, known as the most successful non-Latino Latin musician. While Tjader explored other jazz idioms, he never abandoned the music of Cuba, the Caribbean and Latin America.


The  Malo Castro Combo Tribute to Cal Tjader  will perform at Jazz in the Valley on Friday, July 29th at the  Dakota Café  starting at  9 pm.



Mark Pickerel


Mark Pickerel

Mark Pickerel, an Ellensburg native whose musical output has been as diverse as Washington's eclectic terrain: a founding member of The Screaming Trees, a session drummer whose résumé includes dates with Nirvana, Brandi Carlile, the Dusty 45s, & dozens more! But it's Pickerel's own voice and songs that have most recently attracted international acclaim, entertaining audiences from New York to Paris and now back to his hometown, where his unique brand of Americana couldn't be more at home.


Mark Pickerel kicks off the music for Jazz in the Valley on Friday, July 29th at the Main Stage, Rotary Pavilion at 8:30 pm.





Mark Taylor & Ryan Burns Duo



Mark Taylor - Saxophone


Mark Taylor is one of the most in demand saxophonists in the Pacific Northwest. A Seattle native and resident, Taylor's personal sound and style are a fixture on the local jazz scene and have given him opportunities to perform for audiences all over the United States and Japan. Widely respected as a unique and creative improviser, an impeccable ensemble player, and for his stylistic versatility,Taylor was honored as “NW Jazz Instrumentalist of 2008” by Earshot Jazz Magazine.Mark Taylor - Piano


Musician/Teacher Ryan Burns is best-known for his jazz piano and Fender Rhodes-based keyboard work, having produced five CD’s as a bandleader, and dozens of projects as one of Seattle’s hardest working sidemen. Having studied at Berklee School of Music, Burns has always been drawn to the worlds of jazz and rock, and those places where both meet. Employing the analog sounds of the Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Hammond, and Moog, Burns has a signature sound that has made its mark with many groups


The  Mark Taylor & Ryan Burns Duo  is a musical collaboration of two extremely talented musicians. They will perform at Jazz in the Valley on Friday, July 29th at the Clymer Museum starting at 9 pm.







Hammond organist Joe Doria brings together some of the best of the NW music scene to create a powerful and jaw-dropping funk and jazz sound like you’ve never heard, exhibiting a mix of stellar musicianship, seasoned songwriting and deep groove where no musical stone gets unturned. McTuff is a movin’ and groovin’ adventure that you will not soon forget, featuring the impeccable Andy Coe on guitar and the incredible Tarik Abouzied on drums


McTuff began in 2008 as an ode to jazz organ greats Jimmy Smith and Captain Jack McDuff, and has since evolved into a versatile and exciting group that has performed across the nation. McTuff has performed at Bumbershoot, the New Orleans Jazz Fest, as well as festivals and venues all over the US.


McTuff - We Play Music - will appear at Jazz in the Valley on Friday, July 29th at Fitterer’s Furniture starting at 8 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 have two appearances at Jazz in the Valley on Saturday, July 30th. The first appearance will be at the  Main Stage, Rotary Pavilion  starting at 5 pm and an encore performance will be at  Fitterer’s Furniture  starting at  8 pm.



Randy Oxford's All-Star Slam


Randy Oxford's All-Star Slam


A Northwest legend, the Randy Oxford ‘and his All Star Slam Band roll into Ellensburg WA for the 2016 Jazz in the Valley Festival. The Band features Randy on the trombone as the lead instrument, Typhony Dames, Robin Barrett, Aury Moore, Willy Straub, Eddie Mendoza and one more special guest TBA These are some of the best musicians in the Pacific NW, and they will be all together on the same stage!


Oxford has received numerous awards such as “Blues Performer of the Year”, Keeping the Blues Alive “and many more. Oxford is also is a member of Washington Society’s Hall of Fame.


Randy Oxford’s All-Star Slam Band  will be ready for you on  Friday, July 29th  at  Kelleher’s  starting at  9:00 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  starting at 5:30PM July 29th  and  Saturday, July 30th  throughout Downtown Ellensburg  and on the Main Stage at the Rotary Pavilion.



Taylor Zickefoose Quartet


Taylor ZickerfooseFrom the Pacific Northwest, Taylor Zickefoose is a multi-award-winning jazz vocalist. Having started at an early age, Taylor has already worked with world-renowned musicians. She has won nine international awards, including Outstanding High School Vocal Solo awards for the 2012 and 2013 Downbeat Student Music Awards, respectively. After having completed two years at Central Washington University studying music composition, she is currently studying vocal jazz performance with international pianist and vocalist Dena DeRose in Graz, Austria.


Joining her in the rhythm section is Taylor Griffin on piano (Central Washington University), Bob Bruya on bass (University of Miami's Frost School of Music), and Miles Laven on drums, (Manhattan School of Music). All four musicians call Washington home and are glad to be back in the North West playing music together.






Total Experience Gospel Choir

The Total Experience Gospel Choir returns to Jazz in the Valley with Gospel music that burst with love, joy and enthusiasm ! The choir is hailed as one of the Pacific Northwest's finest soulful ensembles. Director 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  Total Experience Gospel Choir  will perform at Jazz in the Valley on  Sunday, July 31st  on the  Main Stage Rotary Pavilion  starting at  10:30 am.



Wind Power


Wind Power LogoBack by popular demand, Wind Power, directed by Norm Wallen, is a 15-piece dance band with 4 saxophones, 6 brass, a rhythm section, and features two vocalists, Aryn Chatterton and Billy Buhl. Wind Power can play all the ballroom dances at the perfect tempo, the Latin dances, swing, rock, waltzes and polkas.


All the Wind Power musicians have college degrees in music with astonishing resumes of high-profile performances industry-wide. Many are music teachers, leading their students through example. Wind Power performs musical arrangements custom-written for the band. You'll love the broad spectrum of entertaining vocal and instrumental dance music performed by some of the finest professional musicians in central Washington.


If dancing is your passion, then come dance with  Wind Power  at the Moose Lodge  on  Saturday, July 30th  starting at  8:00 pm