Since being formed in 2018 Bluesette has established itself as one of the premier jazz combos on Whidbey Island. The group combines the backgrounds of outstanding musicians with extensive experience as music performers and educators.
Leading the ensemble is Bruce Gallagher, a career music educator, director and conductor with a vast performance resume including sharing the stage with the Mills Brothers and Kay Starr as the lead tenor saxophone player in the Harry James Tribute Band.
Among other endeavors Bruce was also selected as the top combo tenor player and lead tenor player in the festival big band featuring Rob McConnell of Toronto’s Boss Brass at the Bud Shank Jazz Festival in Port Townsend.
Having the most playing experience in Bluesette, Gary Wittlich (piano) is a former professor of music theory at Indiana University and adds his enlightened expertise to the group.
Keegan Harshman is a well known quantity in the world of music and joined Bluesette on upright bass in 2020. Frequently called upon to perform with top jazz talent, Keegan adds a strong element to the group. Jon Small also performs with Bluesette regularly.
Focusing on the jazz styles of swing, blues and bossa nova, Bluesette provides a stunning variety of musical compositions in an inspiring format. You’ll enjoy listening and bopping along to a superb group!
The F Street Project (currently on hiatus)
The brain child of Richard Lowell, F Street has enjoyed the participation of many fine musicians over the years. Originally based in Snohomish in a back yard studio, this group has performed regularly on Whidbey Island and in the Snohomish area.
Currently featuring the powerhouse vocals of Dawn Madsen, brilliant guitar work of Terry Kingen, exceptional drumming of Steve Smith, cerebral bass playing of Charlie Gould, and mutli- instrumentalist extraordinaire Bruce Gallagher of Whidbey Island; F Street excels at dance venues as well as stage performances.
A trio based in the Federal Way area, Bruce joins this group for shows at the Holmes Harbor Rod and Gun Club throughout the year. Bobbie Evans sings and fronts the group and sounds like two guitarists rolled into one! Jain Dickinson holds down the drumming while new addition Rob Kraft is on bass while Bruce plays tenor sax and flute. Repertoire is in the classic country vein with some vintage doo-wop and light rock to spice things up. A veteran group that delivers an entertaining show geared to dancing.