2024 Jazz and Blues Festival – June 1, 2024

Join us for an epic evening of Jazz and Blues at the Bellevue Arts 3rd Annual Festival on June 1st!

WELCOME BACK~!

Join us on June 3rd for the Second Annual BELLEVUE JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL featuring chart topping Tim Gartland and Band, Wall of Jules, and Midtown Jazz Quartet.

Chicago Dogs are included.

About Tim:

As an acclaimed contemporary blues artist, Tim has spent his life crafting his art. Inspired at age 13 at a Muddy Waters concert in his home state of Ohio, he began his musical journey learning the harmonica and the blues genre.

Through his study and immersion in the genre, Tim realized that if roots/blues music was going to stay relevant in today’s world, the songs had to tackle contemporary subjects. “The blues is essentially a genre in which the singer is having a cathartic experience. If you write about themes that are meaningful to your experience, you will create something new,” says Gartland.

He performed in local bands throughout college at Kent State. After a move to Chicago, he immersed himself into the Chicago root/blues scene, playing with the greats such a Bo Diddley, Carey Bell, and Pinetop Perkins. Tim has noted to be influenced by Little Walter for his harp playing, Ray Charles for his interpretation of a song, Willie Dixon for his songwriting.

Tim released his fifth solo album entitled “Truth”. Music writers from all over the world wrote glowing reviews. Tahoe On Stage; “…Truth is one of the top roots and blues recordings of 2022.”  The Nashville Scene wrote “Gartland shows he is a clever and talented songwriter, a skilled harp player and a soulful vocalist. And that’s the truth”.

“Truth” was also a hit record on radio airwaves, reaching #9 on the United States contemporary blues charts. It reached #5 on the Tennessee root’s radio charts.

Wall Of Jules

Wall of Jules is an acoustic rock band with a dash of blues and a hint of Zep. Comprised of Cindy Finkle, Susan Charnley and Nancy Gardner. Blues to rock and everything in between. Precise, fun energy music, Wall o Jules is the real thing.

The Midtown Jazz Quartet

The Midtown Jazz Quartet is an accomplished group of musicians, each a professional in his own right, formed out of an ensemble at the Nashville Jazz Workshop.

Michael Morton – flute

Michael began his studies with jazz at Berklee College of Music with Peter Gordon and Matt Marvuglio . He then decided to focus on classical studies, transferring to the University of Memphis, where he studied with Bruce Erskine. After 3 1/2 years, he transferred to Chapman University, studying with Arthur Hoberman and received his Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance. He then was awarded a fellowship to study at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California where he earned a masters in flute performance with Jim Walker. Michael is former principal flutist with the Southeast Symphony of Los Angeles and a member of various chamber groups. He can be heard on movie soundtracks, and has performed with or for The Los Angeles Opera, Placido Domingo, Whitney Houston, Terrance Blanchard, Rihanna, Terrance Howard, and Spike Lee. He currently resides in Nashville, where he is a freelance flutist. He has recorded 7 albums, some of which can be found on Amazon, Spotify and other streaming services.

Steve King – piano

Steve is a professional pianist and keyboardist with over twenty years experience working in the Nashville music scene. His recording and performing credits include Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Kelly Clarkson, and Michael Omartian just to name a few. A major highlight of Steve’s career was performing on the 54th Grammy awards in 2012. As a music educator, Steve taught for 5 years in Nashville public schools and is currently an adjunct music professor at Tennessee State University. In addition, Steve has been a supporter and participant of the Nashville Jazz Workshop since its inception. Steve is also a member of the Jazz group The Midtown Jazz Quartet and performs regularly in the Nashville Area.

Gus Duffy – drums

Gus fell in love with Jazz as a little guy…there was always music in the house…lots of instruments, piano, guitar, etc. He balanced music and architecture studies all through school and was a full-time professional musician before focusing on architecture career full time. He established Gus Duffy Architect, AIA, Studio City, California in the seventies, and continues designing and developing custom residences since moving to Nashville in 2017. He follows the advice of master drummer/educator Matt Wilson: “if you want to be a working jazz drummer, learn a lot of songs, and learn to play quietly”. Gus considers the Nashville Jazz Workshop “home”, and considers Gary, Michael, and Steve brothers.

Gary J. Smith – bass

Gary ’s musical roots are in Texas, where he learned to play his church’s old Kay bass once he was tall enough. Although trained classically, he has played a variety of musical styles, including bluegrass, jazz and other American roots music. He is the bassist for the bluegrass band The Dillards, and has performed and/or recorded with The Brother Boys, Tom T. Hall, and the Midtown Jazz Quartet, among others. Gary is a family physician in Nashville.


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