2022 Artists

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Please click on each artist name to learn more about our 2022 Jazz in the Olympics artists, including featured artist, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy!

Stardust Big Band

Founded in 1990, the 17 member Stardust Big Band has entertained dancers and jazz lovers on the Olympic Peninsula by playing standards from the Great American Songbook with devotion to excellence and the great music they perform.  The extensive library includes classic  charts from Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glen Miller, Buddy Rich and many more.  Stardust members come from Bremerton, Kingston, Port Townsend, Port Angeles and Sequim to keep the great sound of alive and thriving. More...

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LaVon Hardison

LaVon Hardison, “an artist for whom the song is king” (Earshot Jazz), has a glossy, warm tone and infectious stage presence that have been delighting jazz enthusiasts and lovers of live music for decades. Trained in jazz and classical vocal technique, LaVon has a developed a musical persona as a jazz singer with a rock-and-roll sensibility. Beneath her core jazz sound bubbles a gumbo of soul, rock, country, gospel, pop, and even punk. More...

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Jean Lenke

Crossover jazz-folk fusion artist Jean Lenke has been creating diverse live music for many years in the Philadelphia area and is now starting new adventures in Washington’s great northwest. As a performing artist, composer, lyricist, and bandleader she brings the joy of her parent’s music of the 1940’s together with the spirit of the Folk & Jazz-Rock Fusion soundtrack of her own youth in an eclectic mix ~ familiar, yet slightly off center, with haunting appeal. More...

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Jeff Kashiwa

Seattle native, Jeff Kashiwa became known as one of the most compelling young saxophonists in contemporary jazz during his first year with The Rippingtons back in 1989. Kashiwa performed hundreds of shows all over the world and appeared on many of the band’s classic recordings.

 After his decade long tenure with The Rippingtons, Kashiwa’s instincts led him to more dynamic endeavors through his solo career. It surprised many when Jeff left the group to venture out on his own, but he had things to say through his own music. More...

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Navy Band Northwest

The Navy Band Northwest Brass Band features the powerful voices of saxophones, trombone, tuba, electric guitar, piano, and drums that will bring an exhilarating program of popular music throughout the decades and funky instrumentals to life. Don’t miss this high energy show! More...

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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Much more than a simple tribute to swing music, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy takes inspiration from the creators of this uniquely American art form. The band’s original horn-infused music and legendary high energy show introduces the genre to a new and younger generation while remaining cognizant and respectful of the music’s rich legacy. More...

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Photo credit to Andy Rowley