Festival Roundup August 2018

This is The Festival Roundup as printed in our August 2018 issue, the most recent roundup can be found in the current issue or on the main menu.


The 2018 Bix Beiderbecke Festival will be held again this year at the Rhythm City Casino Resort in north Davenport. The 47th annual Bix event will offer festival concerts in its Event Center, and boasts three restaurants on-site, free parking (with valet parking available), and is the festival host hotel and a major sponsor of the event. The Resort is in close proximity to many shopping and outside-of-venue dining options. (Festival-goers may make reservations at the RCCR by calling 1-844-852-4386 or 563-328-8000. There are a limited number of rooms in the Bix “Block” at the Rhythm City Casino Resort; if calling, ask for a room for the “Bix Fest.”)


Scheduled bands include The Fats Waller Legacy (All-Star) Band (with Jeff Barnhart, Hal Smith, and Dave Bennett, and others); The Benny Goodman Trio (with Jeff, Hal, & Dave); The Fat Babies (Chicago); Josh Duffee’s All-Star Graystone Monarchs; Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers (St. Louis); and The Wolverines (Minneapolis).

Ticket prices and band schedules available soon; for more information visit www.bixsociety.org; call (563) 324-7170 or email at [email protected]

2018 SATCHMO SUMMERFEST (New Orleans, LA) – Aug. 3-5

The 18th annual Satchmo Summerfest presented by Chevron will draw thousands of trad-jazz fans to New Orleans Aug. 3 through 5.


Music will ring out all weekend on festival stages spotlighting traditional jazz, brass bands and children’s programming. Satchmo SummerFest takes place at the Jazz Museum at the Mint. The nominal daily admission of $5 (children 12 and younger are free) helps support local musicians. Among many SatchmoFest highlights is the “Satchmo Club Strut” down Frenchmen Street. The three-day festival features more than 40 jazz performances by local legends and nationally touring virtuosos as well as screenings of jazz films and documentaries, in-depth seminars on jazz history, hands-on workshops, swing dance lessons, trumpet tributes to Pops and interactive exhibits. This year’s musical lineup includes the Soul Queen of New Orleans, Irma Thomas, making her Satchmo SummerFest debut on Sunday, Aug. 5. “Mr. Armstrong was an influence on a lot of young children, including me,” Thomas recalls. “I never thought I would be in the business but then saw him as King Zulu when I was 9 years old. That parade passed right in front of my house and left such an impression!”

Other 2018 Satchmo SummerFest debuts include Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses, Bonerama, Doyle Cooper Jazz Band, Dwayne Burns and His New Orleans Band, James Williams, Mayumi Shara & New Orleans Jazz Letters and Where Ya At Brass Band. Two tented stages will provide three days of musical performances. The lineup includes returning favorites Big Chief Donald Harrison Jr., Bill Summers & Jazalsa, Corey Henry’s Treme Funktet, Ellis Marsalis, Jeremy Davenport, Preservation Brass, and a Trumpet Tribute featuring Ashlin Parker.

In addition to hot music, the SatchmoFest will feature cuisine from some of New Orleans’ favorite restaurants such as Café Dauphine, Lasyone’s Meat Pie Restaurant, and The Praline Connection; (504) 522-5730; satchmosummerfest.org.

DECO ON THE DELAWARE (Philadelphia, PA) – Aug. 4


The Philly version of the Jazz Age Lawn Party, Deco on the Delaware is a non-profit fundraiser created by Glen Foerd Conservation Corps in support of Glen Foerd on the Delaware, Philadelphia’s last riverfront estate still open to the public. The 1920s-immersive event takes place on August 4 at Glen Foerd, 5051 Grant Ave, Philadelphia, PA. Proceeds from this fundraiser support Glen Foerd’s environmental education program.

Entertainment includes Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra, Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society, Queen Esther and her Quartet, The Dreamland Follies, The Fishtown Footers, and Evan Cory Levine. John A. Petty II will act as Master of Ceremonies.

There will be demonstrations, events, and lawn games such as badminton and croquet. Picnic packages must be ordered in advance. Tickets and information may be found at decoonthedelaware.com.


Hosted by the Mother Lode Ragtime Society, the 20th annual Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival will be staged August 10 through 12, at venues such as the Sutter Creek Ice Cream Emporium, the Hotel Sutter, and the Sutter Creek Theatre. Considered one of the most charming and possibly the most visited of California’s gold-mining villages, Sutter Creek is located 46 miles southeast of Sacramento. Performers for 2018 include Elliott Adams, Patrick Aranda, Nick Arteaga, Ramona Baker, Jack and Chris Bradshaw, Diego Bustamante, Amanda Castro, Danny Coots, Kylan deGhetaldi, the Drivons, Marty Eggers, Frederick Hodges, Brian Holland, Vincent Johnson, Charlie Judkins, Carl Sonny Leyland, Larisa Migachyov, Oliver Moore, Paul Orsi, Will Perkins, Porcupine Ragtime Ensemble, Stevens Price, Ragnolia Ragtette, John Reed-Torres, John Remmers, Ray Skjelbred, Martin Spitznagel, Squeek Steele, Monty Suffern, the Sullivans, Virginia Tichenor, Ryan Wishner, and more to be announced.


All-event badges cost $70 before July 15, or $80 after that date; pay by cash, check, or PayPal; (209) 405-1563; suttercreekragtime.com. Email [email protected] or write to Mother Lode Ragtime Society, 11310 Prospect Drive #10 pmb 12, Jackson CA 95642.


The eighth annual festival takes place on Saturday, Aug. 18, from noon until 10 p.m. Thanks to Mayor Tim Dougherty and the Town of Morristown, music fans of all ages enjoy great performances free of charge on the beautiful Green located in the center of the historic town. Parking is available in public lots and the train station just a couple of blocks away. Festival-goers should bring blankets and lawn chairs. This year’s free event will feature Air Force Jazz Big Band: Rhythm in Blue at noon, Bria Skonberg at 2 pm, LaBamba & The Hubcaps at 4, the Bernard Allison Group at 8, and finishes with Davy Knowles from 8 until 10 pm.

Contact Don Jay Smith of LKS Associates at (908) 832-1020; [email protected];

JAZZ AGE LAWN PARTY (Governors Island, NY) – Aug. 25-26

The Jazz Age Lawn Party, now entering its 13th year, is New York City’s original prohibition-era inspired gathering. Hosted and conceived by bandleader Michael Arenella, the event started in 2005 as a small gathering of about fifty friends and fans, who came together on Governors Island (situated just below the tip of Manhattan in New York Harbor) to revel in the music of the Jazz Age. This historically sold out event attracts 20,000 fans over two weekends, who come together to discover music and zeitgeist of the 1920s and 1930s, learn the hottest dance steps of the time, frolic in their flapper dresses and glad rags, and enjoy sophisticated bites and vintage-inspired cocktails in a romantic, playful setting.

Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra is the perennial headliner for the event, which also features Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society, The Dreamland Follies, Roddy Caravella and the Canarsie Wobblers, the Gelber and Manning Band, Queen Esther, and Peter Mintun.


Other activities include dance lessons and contests, vintage portraits, a 1920s motorcar exhibition, croquet, and music provided by antique gramophones. The event boasts two huge wooden dance floors and two performance stages with continuous entertainment.

A special Dreamland Picnic Tote Menu is available, and gourmet food trucks will be on-site to provide meals and refreshments. For tickets and further information, visit jazzagelawnparty.com.

HOT JAZZ JUBILEE (Sacramento, CA) – Aug. 31-Sept. 3

Staged at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Sacramento, the sixth annual Hot Jazz Jubilee takes place over the Labor Day weekend. Invited to perform this year are the High Street Party Band, Bob Draga w/ Friends, Crescent Katz, Yosemite Jazz Band, Yve Evans & Company, Holland & Coots, Grand Dominion Jazz Band, Todd Morgan & the Emblems, Cornet Chop Suey, High Sierra Jazz Band, Pub Crawlers, Shelley, Bill & Eddie, Gator Nation, and the Cocuzzi Courtet, with the Royal Society Orchestra providing music for a special Saturday night dance in the Grand Ballroom. Guest artists for 2018 are Cheryl Burt (making her debut at the Hot Jazz Jubilee) along with festival favorites Eddie Erickson, Claudette Stone, Pat Yankee, and Kylie Castro.

Hot Jazz Jubilee will again have a Special Thursday Night set for those who plan on arriving early to the festival. It will start at 7 pm with the bands to be announced early next year. The sets will be in the Grand Ballroom from 7 pm to 10:30 pm and the cost is $25. More information will be available in the near future.

Badge prices range from $20 for students per session to $115 for a three-day all events badge ($105 if purchased before July 31); hotjazzjubilee.com; (916) 813-7665. Please note the new mailing address: 5150 Fair Oaks Blvd. Ste 101-252, Carmichael, CA 95608.


Situated between two lakes in the beautiful Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Pentastic Hot Jazz is celebrating its 22nd year. This year, Pentastic presents its hottest three day lineup ever, with 10 bands and one Guest Artist. Bands include Tom Hook and the Terrier Brothers, the long-awaited return of Bria Skonberg with her New York All Stars, Tom Rigney and Flambeau, Cornet Chop Suey, Dave Bennett and the Memphis Speed Kings, Dave Bennett Quartet, Cocuzzi Coots Courtet, Bob Draga with Friends, Black Swan Classic Jazz Band, Grand Dominion Jazz Band, and Guest Artist Lance Buller.

There are five venues to choose from and a free shuttle service is provided for travel between venues. Venues include: the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre, the Days Inn Conference Centre, the historic stern wheeler S.S. Sicamous, and the Elks Club. All but the Sicamous are dance venues and except for the Elks Club are Handicapped Accessible.

A free Gospel Service will take place on Sunday morning featuring the incomparable Marilyn Keller with the Black Swan Band. Parasol Parades are known to break out in the French Quarter and are encouraged.

Ticket prices (in Canadian Funds) are: three day All Event Badges $115, Friday only $65, Saturday only $80, Sunday only $60, and Youth passes $10/Day. For further information, visit Pentastic online at www.pentasticjazz.com, or call toll-free (866) 599 3494. Purchase tickets online at www.valleyfirsttix.com.

GRUGELFEST (Toledo, OH) – Sept. 7-9

Named for the late Ralph Grugel, leader of Cleveland’s Eagle Jazz Band, Grugelfest has replaced the annual Fall Dixieland Festival produced for more than 20 years by the EARLYJAS Club of Northeast Ohio. Traditional New Orleans Jazz Bands will be featured, including the St. Louis Rivermen (St. Louis, MO), the New Orleans Nighthawks (Lake Wales, FL), Sunset Stomp Jazz Band (Indianapolis, IN), Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band (Cincinnati, OH), and the Cakewalkin’ Jass Band (Toledo, OH), plus World-Class ragtime piano players and singers.

Tickets are on sale at the Huntington Center Box Office, and may be purchased in person, by mail, or by calling (419) 321-5007. To reserve a hotel room, call the Holiday Inn French Quarter, 10630 Fremont Pike [US 20 @ I-75 / Exit 193 ], Perrysburg, Ohio, at (419) 874-3111. (Be sure to ask for special Grugelfest rates.) For Festival Information, contact: GRUGELFEST c/o Ragtime Rick, P.O. Box 1071, Toledo, OH 43697; [email protected]

WAWASEE JAZZ PARTY (Syracuse, IN) – Sept. 7-9

The Wawasee Chautauqua organization has announced its first jazz party to be held at four locations, three of them in Syracuse, Indiana, with one in nearby North Webster. Three sessions (one Friday night and two sessions on Saturday. Sunday concludes the weekend with a Jazz Gospel concert from the Gazebo at the Oakwood Resort, followed by a brunch at The Pier Restaurant.

Of the six bands that have been scheduled, the Jazz Assemblage Big Band and the Gull Lake Jazz Orchestra will play only at the Oakwood Event Center in Syracuse. The other four bands—Eddie Metz Trio (featuring Rossano Sportiello), the Climax Jazz Band from Toronto, the Salty Dogs, and the Dave Greer Stompers—will perform at The Owl’s Nest (North Webster), the Syracuse Eagles Club, Wawassee High School (next to the Eagles), and the Oakwood Event Center (Syracuse). There will also be a Free Stage at the Syracuse Lake Park where one may hear local musicians, including Dos Hermanos, Synchrony, Daniel Tucker Band, and Beez & the Rocker.

Premier Pass, $100 (includes all stages, all three days, Sunday’s concert and brunch, and Jazz Party t-shirt and CD); Evening passes for Friday, $30 (5pm-11pm) and Saturday night, $30 (6pm-12am); Saturday afternoon pass, $20 (1pm-5:30pm). For tickets and information, please visit www.chautauquawawasee.org /annual-wawasee-jazz-party-sept-7-9th/


Staged at Studio Loft at Ellie Caulkins Opera House at1400 Curtis Street in Denver, CO and Dazzle Denver just down the road at 1512 Curtis, The Denver Vintage Jazz Festival is a one-of-a-kind festival focused primarily on jazz, blues, and tango music. Each venue features a spacious dance floor, and swing dance, blues, and fusion classes are available through Community-Minded Dance affiliated events Lindy on the Rocks and Hot Night Fusion Weekend.

Bands scheduled to perform at this year’s event are Hal Smith’s Swing Central, the Jonathan Doyle Swingtet, Red Hot Rhythm Rocket, and the Jonathan Stout Orchestra and his Campus Five plus Two (both featuring Hilary Alexander); all-star guests include Bobby Floyd, Jeffery Miller, Jonathan Doyle, Hal Smith, Steve Pikal, Dan Walton, and Jamie Cummins.

All music and dance pass, $120; all access pass (including classes), $120; VIP pass (includes Dazzle Brunch, $300 Mailing Address: CMDance, 421 S. Monaco Pkwy, Denver, CO 80224; Phone: (303) 883-6691; General Inquires and Artist Submissions: [email protected]; denverjazzfestival.org.


Two tiny towns—Orbisonia and Rockhill, each with populations of less than 500—were forever united by the East Broad Top Railroad and Coal Company. In the railroad’s early days, ragtime was the popular music of the day, and the Central Pennsylvania Ragtime and American Music Festival (September 21-23) celebrates that musical heritage. Scheduled performers for the tenth annual event include Danny Coots, Richard Dowling, Frederick Hodges, Brian Holland, Daniel Souvigny, Adam Swanson, and Bryan and Yuko Eguchi Wright.

For ticket pricing and other festival information, please call David Brightbill at (814) 447-3984 or write PO Box 272, Orbisonia, PA. 17243; rockhillragtime.org/

2018 COLORADO SPRINGS JAZZ PARTY (Colorado Springs, CO) – Sept. 28-30

The 2018 Jazz Party brings together world-class jazz musicians to the Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs. This year the party will also feature local talents at the Saturday and Sunday afternoon performances.
The party kicks off with a cocktail reception Friday, September 28 at 6 pm, with music from 6:30 until 10:30. Saturday morning offers a master class, with local bands playing from 12:30 through 4:30. After dinner, the music resumes until 10:30. Sunday’s jazz brunch starts at 10:30 am, with music continuing through 5 pm.

Performers include Alvin Atkinson, Drums; Jeff Barnhart, Piano; Dan Barrett, Trombone; Dennis Lichtman, Clarinet, Saxophone, Banjo; Eddie Metz, Jr., Drums; Richard Moten, Bass; Ken Peplowski, Saxophone, Clarinet; Ben Polcer, Trumpet; Ed Polcer, Cornet; Chuck Redd, Vibraphone; Rosanno Sportiello, Piano; Frank Tate, Bass; and Wayne Wilkinson, Guitar. Sunday brunch performers are David Siegel, Violin and Stefan Doucette, Guitar.

A Patron Badge is $250 admission to cocktail reception, Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances and Sunday Brunch, with a table for eight costing $1,750 Admission to all events (tickets are transferable). Individual session badges: Friday or Saturday evening, $75 for each session; Saturday afternoon, or Sunday afternoon, $50 each session; Sunday Brunch, $35 per person; student badges are $25 per person, per session.

For tickets please visit csjazzparty.com; for further information call Jean at (719) 471-3124 or write: The Colorado Springs Jazz Party, PO Box 2257, Colorado Springs, CO 80901-2257; [email protected]

OREGON COAST JAZZ PARTY (Newport, OR) – Oct. 5-7

Oregon Coast Council for the Arts celebrates 15 years with the Oregon Coast Jazz Party October 5-7, 2018 at the Newport Performing Arts Center and at the Shilo Inn Suites Hotel, both in Newport. “Honoring Women in Jazz” is the theme of this year’s event, to mark its 15th anniversary.

Director Holly Hofmann’s roster includes jazz violinist Regina Carter’s Quartet, alto sax star Grace Kelly’s Quartet, and guitarist Mimi Fox’s renowned San Francisco String Trio; as well as Tanya Darby on trumpet, vocalist Sinne Eeg, Yve Evans on piano and vocals, Kerry Politzer’s Bossa PDX, and pianist Helen Sung. The South Eugene High School Dorians vocal jazz ensemble will also appear at the event this year, with Evans at the piano

Jazz party patron levels, $250, $500 and $1,000; (541) 265-2787; oregoncoastjazzparty.org.

SUN VALLEY JAZZ & MUSIC FESTIVAL (Sun Valley, ID) – Oct. 17-21

The 2018 edition of Idaho’s Sun Valley Jazz and Music Festival, covering five days and offering forty bands (with over 200 shows to choose from), will be headquartered at the Sun Valley Inn at the Sun Valley Resort. Performance venues include the Limelight Room, 2 venues at Dollar Mountain Lodge, the Continental Room, the River Run Lodge, and Satchmo’s, with free concerts daily at Giacobbi Square in Ketchum, Idaho. Music starts on Wednesday at 12:30 pm, and the last set ends on Sunday at 5:00 pm, with an Afterglow Dinner Sunday 7:15-10 pm (extra ticket required).

Performers at the festival include the Sun Valley Jazz All Stars: Bob Williams, Cynthia Sayer, Danny Coots, Bob Schulz, Bobby Durham, Brian Holland, Rob Verdi, Brady McKay; Yve Evans; Gary Ryan; Tom Hook; Terry Myers & Jaimie Roberts Quartet; Black Market Trust; Kings of Swing; Bruce Innes Trio; Cornet Chop Suey; Two-Tone Steiny & the Cadillacs; Joe Smith & the Spicy Pickles; Blue Street Jazz Band; Gator Nation; “All New” High Street Party Band; Cocuzzi Trio; Carolyn Martin Swing Band; Tom Rigney & Flambeau; Black Swan Classic Jazz Band w/ Marilyn Keller; The Terrier Brothers; Paris Washboard Superswing; Bob Draga & Friends; Ivory & Gold; Midiri Brothers Sextet; Blue Renditions; Holland & Coots; Boise Straight Ahead; Barnhart-Midiri; Sherri Colby’s Racket Makers; Yale Whiffenpoofs; We Three; NNU Jazz Revival; and Banjomaniacs.

Events and features to look forward to: Two Big Band Bashes, Clarinet Clambake, Dueling Pianos, Free Dance Lessons, Gospel Services, Marching Band Salute, Pianorama, and Silent Movies w/ Jeff Barnhart.
Tickets available by telephone or at website; (877) 478-5277; sunvalleyjazz.com. Write for brochure (with full ticket pricing information) at Sun Valley Jazz, PO Box 2745, Sun Valley, ID.

JUBILEE BY THE SEA (Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande) – Oct. 25-28

Jazz Jubilee (by the Sea) is celebrating its 42nd year with the theme, “It’s New Orleans on the Central Coast,”—and the event has grown to include the neighboring city of Arroyo Grande. The Pismo Jubilee is always the last full weekend in October.

New bands for 2018 include: Professor Adrian Cunningham and his Old School and the Shake ‘Em Up Jazz Band from New Orleans.

Returning favorites include: Tom Rigney and Flambeau, Blue Street, Cornet Chop Suey, High Sierra, Midiri Brothers, Tom Hook and the Terriers, Dick Williams Jammers, We Three plus One, Ivory and Gold, Creole Syncopators, Rag Bone Saints, Mariachi Autlence, High Street Party Band, The Au Brothers, Sue Palmer and Her Motel Swing Orchestra, Night Blooming Jazzmen, Ulysses Jasz Band, Larry and Dawn + Friends, and featuring special sets with guest artists Bob Draga, Carl Sonny Leyland, Larry Scala, Jeff Barnhart, Danny Coots, Washboard Steve, Pat Yankee, Bob Schulz, and Paul Ingle.
Early Bird 3-Day badges are $100. The Thursday night performance featuring, We Three plus One, will be held at the Vet’s Hall. Badge sales: PO Box 356, Pismo Beach, CA 93448; 805-539-5696. For badges and more information, please visit pismojazz.com/JubileeByTheSea.htm. Information: [email protected]


This 29th annual event will take place at its home for the last 15 years, the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort in beautiful Downtown Chandler, AZ. The Crowne Plaza is a co-sponsor of the Festival and a focal point of the vintage Downtown allure with plentiful restaurants and boutique shops only a few steps away. Among the many highlights of this Festival are the special educational sets presented by the bands. In conjunction with the Festival, the Phoenix Lindy Exchange hosts hundreds of dancers who Lindy Hop into the wee hours on Friday and Saturday. They love the “hot” live jazz played by the Festival bands.

The music starts at 5:30 pm on Thursday, November 1st, and ends at 5 pm. on Sunday, November 4, after a Grand Finale highlighting the music of the Ink Spots by We3.

Howard Alden will play both guitar and banjo with a few of the groups. The bands will be: “Big” B.A.D. Rhythm, Cornet Chop Suey, Dan Reed’s Dixieland Hotshots, Dave Bennett Quartet, 52nd Street Jazz Band, High Sierra Jazz Band, Jammers led by Cheryl Thurston (all musicians welcome), Kris Tokarski Trio, Queen City Jazz Band, St. Louis Rivermen, Sentimental Breeze, Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi, Sun City Stomperz, Tom Rigney & Flambeau, We Three plus One, Wildcat Jazz Band, and Wolverine Jazz Band.

All Event badges may be purchased in advance for $110 before August 15 and $130 starting August 16. Tax-deductible co-sponsorship donations in support of the bands are in addition to badge purchase and start at $500 per person. Sponsor benefits include reserved seating and Hospitality Room privileges. Day badges are available only at the door. There will be an Afterglow following the Festival from 6 – 8:30 p.m. Cost will be $30 per person and includes dinner. For details, go to azclassicjazz.org or call 480-620-3941. Send checks or credit card orders to ACJF, 10918 E. Michigan Ave., Sun Lakes, AZ 85248.


The Party was first founded in 1990 by Mike Durham in Whitley Bay, near Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK, and has grown bigger and better with each successive year.

The jazz party will run from mid-day on Friday until late on Sunday evening at the four-star Village Hotel & Leisure Centre, Silverlink North, Cobalt Business Park, North Tyneside, some 70 miles south of Scotland in northeast Great Britain. The festival takes place in a luxurious setting with assigned seating of eight to a table, and tables are rotated twice daily. The program explores jazz from its first 40 years, with special jam sessions in the Victory Pub in the wee small hours.

This year’s musicians include trumpeters/cornetists Enrico Tomasso, Andy Schumm, Malo Mazurie, Mike Davis, Jamie Brownfield, Duke Heitger; reed players Claus Jacobi, Dan Levinson, Michael McQuaid, Matthias Seuffert, Richard Exall, Lars Frank, Ewan Bleach; trombonists Jim Fryer, Adrian Fry, Graham Hughes; pianists Jeff Barnhart, Keith Nichols, David Boeddinghaus, Morten Gunnar Larsen, Martin Litton; banjoists/guitarists Thomas “Spats” Langham, Martin Wheatley, Jacob Ullberger; percussionists Nick Ball, Nick Ward, Josh Duffee, Richard Pite; bassists/tubists Henri Lemaire, Malcolm Sked, Phil Rutherford; violinist Emma Fisk; and vocalists Joan Viskant and Nicolle Rochelle.

Places for the 2018 Party will cost £160 per person for the weekend. (Exchange rates as of July 15: $1.32 US = £1 UK.) All bookings are 100% refundable in case of cancellation due to serious illness, bereavement, or other unavoidable cause. For tickets and other information, please visit whitleybayjazzfest.org; email: [email protected]

SUNCOAST JAZZ FESTIVAL (Clearwater Beach, FL) – Nov. 16-18

The 28th edition of the Suncoast Jazz Festival takes place in five indoor venues at two adjacent resort hotels, the Sheraton Sand Key and the Marriott Suites, in Clearwater Beach on the Gulf of Mexico. Special guest artists Rossano Sportiello, Chuck Redd, and Dave “Wally” Tatrow will lead youth workshops as well as perform over the weekend. Scheduled bands and performers include Adrian Cunningham and His Old School, Dave Bennett Quartet, Tom Rigney and Flambeau, High Sierra, Cornet Chop Suey, Terry and the Pirates (Terry Meyers, Bob Leary, Eddie Metz, Jr., Charlie Bertini, Pat Gullotta, Jeff Phlilips, Jay Mueller), Queen City Jazz Band with Wende Harston, LaLucha, Danny Sinoff Quintet, Nate Najar, Theresa Scavarda, Paul Scavarda, Dave Tatrow, Bob Price, John Lamb, James Suggs, Pepper, Betty Comora, and Mike Evans. Sponsor packages $350+; Benefactors $235; 3 Day Weekend $135; Daily $40-50; Youth $10; Friday Swing Dance (with Sam Mahfoud and the Swing Time Dancers) after 6 pm, $25.

For tickets and information, visit us online at suncoastjazzfestival.com; or write: PO Box 395, Largo, FL 33779; (727) 248-9441.

WEST COAST RAGTIME FESTIVAL (Rancho Cordova, CA) – Nov. 16-18

The 32nd annual fest will be staged at the Sacramento Marriott Rancho Cordova, 211 Point East Drive, some 15 miles east of Sacramento. Six ground-floor venues present live music nearly nonstop through the festival’s three days. This fall’s performers include Elliott Adams, Paulo Alderighi, Jade Anderson, Nick Arteaga, Cleve Baker, Clint Baker, Ramona Sidney Baker, Tom Barnebey, Jeff Barnhart, Big Mama Sue & Fast Eddie, Bob Blade, Tom Bopp, The Bradshaws, Diego Bustamante, Michael Chisholm, Danny Coots, Neville Dickie, Richard Dowling, Marty Eggers, Lisa Gonick, Frederick Hodges, Brian Holland, Stan Isaacs, Vincent Matthew Johnson, Max Keenlyside, Morten Gunnar Larsen, Ethan Leinwand, Carl Sonny Leyland, Frank LiVolsi, Carl Lunsford,, Larisa Migachyov, Ezequiel Palleiá, Will Perkins, Jack Rummel, Greg Sabin, Anthony Sarginson, Christoph Schmetterer, Sean Sharp, Ray Skjelbred, Adam Swanson, Virginia Tichenor, Matt Tolentino, Stephanie Trick, Ryan Wishner, Ivory&Gold®, Buffalo Crossing, Porcupines, Sullivans/Drivons, Pacific Coast Ragtime Orchestra, and the Ragnolia Ragtette.
All-events badges cost $105, and $115 after Nov. 1; Fri-Sat badges $95; Sat-Sun $85; Fri $50, Sat $60; Sun $40 through Oct. 31. (916) 457-3324; westcoastragtime.com/.

39th ANNUAL SAN DIEGO JAZZ FEST (San Diego, CA) – Nov. 21-25

Headquarters: Town & Country Hotel and Convention Center. Invited Guest Artists: Stephanie Trick, Paolo Alderighi, Katie Cavera, Carl Sonny Leyland. Invited Bands & Groups: Cornet Chop Suey, Black Swan Classic J.B., Original Cornell Syncopators, High Sierra J.B., Dave Bennett Quartet, High Society J.B., Big Butter J.B., On The Levee Band, Night Blooming Jazzmen, Chicago Cellar Boys, Sue Palmer and her Motel Swing Orchestra, Grand Dominion J.B., Titanic J.B., Yerba Buena Stompers, Mad Hat Hucksters, Cash In Hand, Gino and the Lone Gunmen, Heliotrope Ragtime Orchestra, Katie Cavera Trio, Dawn Lambeth Trio, Sonny Leyland Trio, Champagne Dixie, Jazz Jammers, Uptown Rhythm Makers, and the Mission Bay High School Preservationists. Saturday Night Swing-X headliner: Michael Gamble’s Rhythm Serenaders.

All Event Badges: 5-Days $125 each; 4-Days $115 each; 3-Days $105 each. Daily badges available at the door. Contact: AFCDJS, P.O. Box 880387, San Diego, CA 92168-0387; 619-297-5277.
Email: [email protected]; Website: http://www.sdjazzfest.org/


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