The Bellevue Jazz Festival & More!

 This week kicks off the Bellevue Jazz Festival and we have a great line-up on tap of some of the top jazz artists in the region. We’re excited to be partnering with the festival and the KPLU School of Jazz for the Rising Stars at the Bellevue Jazz Festival concert, which will take place at Bake’s on Sunday, June 3rd. This performance showcases some of the brightest up and coming young jazz artists from high schools in the region. Three ensembles, led by jazz educators Anton Schwartz, Steve Korn and Jim Sisko, will be featured and the show coincides with the 2012 KPLU School of Jazz CD release party. For more information about this show, please go here.

 We have a great schedule of jazz performances running concurrently with the festival:

The Greta Matassa Quartet and special guest vibraphonist Susan Pascal are our featured artists for Tuesday, May 29th.  This performance will feature selections from Greta’s numerous CD’s, classics from Cal Tjader and George Shearing and new original material from Great including lyrical treatments of Pat Metheny’s songs “Always & Forever” and “Better Days Ahead,” and also Henry Mancini’s “Themes from Hatari.” Greta and Susan will be joined by Darin Clendenin on piano, Clipper Anderson on bass and Mark Ivester on drums. Please note that with the purchase of $25.00 in food and beverage, admission to the show is FREE.

On Wednesday, May 30 and Tuesday, May 31st, we are pleased to welcome Portland pianist Tom Grant to the stage. Although Tom has performed at Bake’s several times throughout the years, this marks his first appearance in our new location. Although Tom is considered on the pioneers of smooth jazz, his music taps into multiple genres including jazz, pop and soul. Be sure and check out Tom’s interview with Carol Handley this Tuesday at noon on

Jovino Santos Neto at Bake's Bellevue onThe Jovino Santos Neto Quarteto will be firing things up on Friday, June 1. Jovino, a renowned Brazilian pianist and composer, is a prominent figure on the Northwest music scene and is also a Bake’s Place favorite. Jovino’s band features Ben Thomas on vibraphone and bandeone, Tim Carey on bass and Jeff Busch on drums and percussion.

The Latin groove continues on Saturday, June 2 with Lary Barilleau & the Latin Jazz Collective. Lary, a veteran percussionist and composer, has been performing for over 30 years and was one of the co-founders of the popular Latin group Sonando. The Latin Jazz Collective is a high-energy quintet that plays original music by Barilleau and Seattle trumpeter Jay Thomas, who is also in the collective. The group also features Mark Seales on piano, Johnny Conga on conga and percussion and Jeff Norwood on bass. Lary and the band have a few surprises in store and this is one show you won’t want to miss!

 In other news, we’ve received some very nice write-ups about our new place! Keegan Posser wrote a great blog post on Hanging at Bake’s.  We’ve also been featured on Bake’s Place Pairs Live Music with Great Cuisine. Finally, Libby Graham wrote a wonderful review of our opening for Review-Bake’s Place Grand Opening. Please take a moment to read these articles.  We’re thrilled and grateful for the buzz!

 If you live or work in downtown Bellevue, please remember that we serve lunch on Monday through Friday from 11am–3pm. We’d also like to remind you about our Sound Check Happy Hour, which happens Tuesday through Friday from 3:00-5:30pm

To make reservations for any of these shows, please visit our reservation page. For more information about the Bellevue Jazz Festival, check out


photo by Daniel Sheehan