The Festival Roundup April 2024

JAZZ PENSACOLA JAZZFEST (Pensacola, FL) – April 6-7

The 41st Annual Pensacola JazzFest will be April 6-7, 2024, at Seville Square in historic downtown Pensacola. The schedule and headliners will be announced soon.

As always, JazzFest is a free and celebrates America’s unique musical art form, jazz. The event is produced with assistance from a variety of corporate sponsors and community organizations. Jazz Pensacola volunteers also work yearlong to present Pensacola JazzFest as their annual gift to the community. We sincerely thank our individual and corporate donors for their essential support.

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With its beautiful live oaks and historic surroundings, Seville Square and the gazebo stage offer a perfect springtime setting for Pensacola JazzFest.

In addition to a great music lineup, food by Vendors, wine/beer, soft drinks, arts and crafts and jazz merchandise are available—including JazzFest posters and a variety of jazzy shirts and memorabilia. All jazz merchandise sales help support the festival and keep it free for loyal fans.

FRENCH QUARTER FESTIVAL (New Orleans, LA) – April 11-14

More than 20 stages throughout the French Quarter celebrate local music and represent every genre from traditional and contemporary jazz to R&B, New Orleans funk, brass bands, folk, gospel, Latin, Zydeco, classical, cabaret, and international. Traditional jazz fans will find nearly every artist of interest to them currently active in the city and discover new favorites.

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Steve Pistorius Southern Syncopators at French Quarter Festival New Orleans 2019

New Orleans restaurants serve food and beverages in Jackson Square, the Jazz Museum at the Mint, JAX Brewery, and Woldenberg Riverfront Park during French Quarter Festival weekend. The French Quarter Festival has been consistently voted “favorite festival,” “favorite food festival,” and “favorite event open to the public” by locals. Schedule and map available at

JAZZAFFAIR (Three Rivers, CA) April 12-14

The 49th annual Jazzaffair, hosted by the Sierra Traditional Jazz Club, takes place at three venues in Three Rivers: the Lions Club Arena, the Memorial Building, and St. Anthony’s Retreat.

Bands will include the Sierra Stompers, the Blue Street Jazz Band, Gino and the Lone Gunmen, Dave Bennett Quartet, Carl Sonny Leyland’s Boogie Woogie Boys, Tom Rigney and Flambeau, St. John’s Riverboat Jazz Band, Katie Cavera and the Lost Boys, Holland & Coots Quintet, and introducing Nathan Tokunaga Fearless Five.

Visit the Sierra Traditional Jazz Club online and download the order form: S.T.J.C., PO Box 712, Three Rivers, CA 93271. Call or text Jazzaffair Director: Linda McKee Amaral at (559) 303-5193

ZEHNDER’S RAGTIME FESTIVAL (Frankenmuth, MI) – April 24-26

Zehnder’s Annual Ragtime Festival featuring the pride of Michigan, pianist Bob Milne, will be staged at Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, 730 S. Main St., in the colorful city nicknamed Little Bavaria. Also called “Muth” for short, the city is located in Saginaw County, in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, about 22 miles south of Lake Huron. Events include Lunch Concerts on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Vaudeville Night on Thursday, and Friday Night Festival Grand Finale.


By the way, Zehnder’s serves a world-famous chicken dinner along with tantalizing breads and pastries. Performers for 2024 included Bob Milne along with Jeff and Anne Barnhart, Bill Edwards, Terry Parrish, Andrew Ratajczak, Dave Majchrzak, and Bill Edwards.

Ticket prices for individual events range from $34 to $70. Reservations are required for lunch, brunch, and all dinner concerts. For more info or reservations call (844) 288-1484; or visit


A weekend of jazz celebrating the life of Bourbon County Kentucky’s own jazz musician, Bill Coleman. As an opening for the Bill Coleman Jazz Weekend, come join us for a jazz lecture at Hopewell Museum on Friday, April 26th from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. On Saturday, April 27th, join us for an evening of live jazz by the Walnut Street Ramblers featuring vocalist La’Shelle Allen, dinner & libations, silent and live auctions at Oasis on Main Street from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday the 28th there will be a free live jazz concert at a local venue TBD. Reservations may be made at

GOTHAM JAZZ FESTIVAL (New York, NY) April 28th

The twenties roar again at the 6th annual Gotham Jazz Festival, a full day of dancing, lounging, n’ listening to over twenty of NYC’s best hot jazz & swing bands… well over 100 musicians! Appearing will be: The Hot Sardines, Catherine Russell Quartet, Andy Schumm, Bria Skonberg Hot Five, Jon-Erik Kellso & The Ear Regulars, Mona’s Hot Four led by Dennis Lichtman, Alphonso Horne & The Gotham Kings, Conal Fowkes & Jay Rattman, Charles Turner & Uptown Swing, Anderson Brothers feat. Molly Ryan, Danny Jonokuchi & The Revisionists, Hot Toddies Jazz Band feat. Hannah Gill, Stéphane Séva Swing Ondule 4tet, Eyal Vilner Swing Band, Cait & The Critters, Kayla Lewis Trio, Terry Waldo, Quintin Harris, Ramona Baker, Dewitt Fleming Jr. Also featuring ensembles and vocalists from the New York Hot Jazz Camp and the NYHJC Faculty All Stars – with Catherine Russell, Mike Davis, Dan Levinson, Ron Wilkins, Cynthia Sayer, Rossano Sportiello, Tal Ronen and Kevin Dorn.

The Festival is divided into two halves; you may purchase tickets for each half separately, or get a full day pass. The first half is more of a listening event (but one still has plenty of space to dance), and the second half is more like our larger parties (but you still can just listen)! The festival will be held this year at the Downtown Assoc. Club (DTA) 60 Pine Street, New York, NY, a private social club from the Gilded Age of old New York City, same as our previous home at The Players Club… but significantly bigger! Advanced ticket discounts are available at


Every year over Memorial Day weekend in Oxford, Mississippi, the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest is held to provide an opportunity for pianists to compete and learn in a stimulating atmosphere and to educate people about old-time piano music written prior to 1940.

Through the years, the contest has provided more than $60,000 in prize money to more than 500 piano players from across the United States and from five foreign countries. Players in 2020 will compete in three divisions—Regular, Junior & Senior—as they vie for over $6,000 plus trophies—as well as the New Rag Contest, where aspiring composers present their original tunes.

A variety of other activities include workshops, guest artist performances, silent movies, an old-time sing-along, a double-decker bus tour of historic Oxford, and after-hours events every night on the Oxford Square.

For more information, write: Old Time Piano Contest, 350 University Ave., Oxford, MS 38655; [email protected]; telephone 662-801-2251;


Celebrate the festival’s 50th Anniversary! Free open air venues and ticketed indoor concerts, symposia, tours, dances, and food trucks. All in historic downtown Sedalia. For information, please visit

36th ELKHART JAZZ FESTIVAL (Elkhart, IN) – June 20-23

Since 1988, jazz legends and fans have gathered each summer at the Elkhart Jazz Festival which combines warm, intimate, small-town hospitality with the excitement of big-city jazz. Known as the Band Instrument Capital of the World, Elkhart companies employ nearly 2,000 skilled craftsmen in the production of musical instruments.

Headliners at the 2024 festival will soon be announced. In previous years the majority would be appreciated by TST readers, with some trad, vintage swing, and small group classic jazz, and many familiar names. For ticket pricing visit; tickets: (574) 293-4469; festival info: (574) 218-6477.

ROCHESTER JAZZ FEST (Rochester, NY) – June 21-29 

The CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival is one of the world’s leading jazz festivals. Held annually in Rochester, NY, more than 200,000 music fans attend the nine-day Festival, which presents 320+ shows 20+ venues with more than 1750 artists from around the world. The 2024 Club Pass Series will feature 216 sets of music at 12 venues in downtown Rochester. More information is forthcoming at

EVERGREEN JAZZ FESTIVAL (Evergreen, CO) – July 26-28

The 2ist Evergreen Jazz Festival is set for July 26, 27, and 28. Known for its beautiful Rocky Mountain setting and up-close-and-personal atmosphere, the event will feature five intimate venues, each offering a unique listening experience. Invited bands currently include After Midnight, Carl Sonny Leyland Trio, Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra, Holland-Coots Swingin’ West, Queen City Jazz Band with Wende Harston, Jeremy Mohney Swing Band, Your Father’s Mustache Band, Chicago Cellar Boys and Espresso! Dancers are welcome at all venues! For details and tickets, visit or call 303-697-5467.


Hot Jazz will return to the Upper Mississippi River next year during the Bix Beiderbecke Jazz Festival. On August 2, 2024, there will be even more music aboard the Celebration Belle, with Matt Tolentino’s Iowans playing on the main deck while T.J. Müller’s Jazz-O-Maniacs perform on the upper deck.

The Jazz-O-Maniacs will also perform at the Bix Beiderbecke Jazz Festival, which takes place August 1-3 at the Rhythm City Casino in Davenport. Groups playing for the first time at the festival are Mike Davis’ New Wonders, Paul Asaro & his Rhythm, and the El Dorado Jazz Band. Festival favorites the Chicago Cellar Boys, Graystone Monarchs, and the Bix Youth Band complete the band lineup.

Scheduled musicians include: Andy Schumm, David Boeddinghaus, Steve Pikal, Jeff Barnhart, Dave Kosmyna, and Natalie Scharf (who was interviewed for the September issue of The Syncopated Times). Also, four musicians will be performing at the Bix Jazz Festival for the first time in 2024: guitarist Jacob Alspach, trombonist Brandon Au, bassist Mikiya Matsuda, percussionist /vocalist Gina DeGregorio, and Grammy nominee/multi-instrumentalist Colin Hancock.

In addition to the sets at the Rhythm City Casino and the Riverboat Cruise, specially-assembled jazz bands will perform at the Putnam Museum in Davenport on Thursday, August 1 and at Bix Beiderbecke’s gravesite on Saturday, August 3.

Check the Bix Jazz Society’s website for updates, to purchase tickets, and for information regarding area lodging:


Once again, the tantalizing strains of Ragtime, Early Jazz and Boogie Woogie Music will fill the streets and venues at the 26th annual Historic Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival, in the beautifully well-tailored gold rush town of Sutter Creek in California’s Sierra Foothills.

This Historic Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival runs for 3 days, Friday thru Sunday, August 9-11.  Festivities start at 4 pm on Friday afternoon and end on Sunday afternoon after the finale concert.  Music is performed at five venues along main street, which includes 2 special concerts highlighting the performers.   And of course, we hope to have Silent Movies with piano accompaniment at the Auditorium this year.   There is almost always after hours jamming at the hotel and other venues as well.

Badges can be purchased on the website, by mail or when you arrive in town for the festival. Please refer to the festival website for this year’s prices, including admission for individual events. or call 209 304-0835.

HOT JAZZ JUBILEE (Sacramento, CA) – Sept. 1-4 

Join Us Labor Day Weekend 2023 for Sacramento’s Premier End of Summer Celebration! Hot Jazz Jubilee will return to the DoubleTree Hotel September 1-4, 2023 for the long-awaited 8th annual event. Plans are underway to make this a fantastic event well worth the wait!

Featuring: Auchestra, Brass Nickel, Carl “Sonny” Leyland Trio, Parker & the Weis Guys, Shaymus Hanlin Quartet, Stephanie & Paolo, Crescent Katz, Todd Morgan and the Emblems, Tom Rigney, Groovus, Dave Bennett Quartet, Yve Evans & Company,High Street Band, and Katie Cavera & Her Lost Boys …plus more to be announced.

Tickets are on sale now, check back here for further updates.; P.O. Box 2931, Carmichael, CA, 95609, USA. [email protected]

25th Annual PENTASTIC HOT JAZZ & MUSIC FESTIVAL (Penticton, BC) – Sept. 6-8

Situated between two lakes in the beautiful Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Pentastic Hot Jazz is celebrating its 25th year.  As “the best Jazz Party in the Northwest”, the three day Pentastic HOT Jazz Festival brings world class jazz bands and performers to Penticton from Friday, September 6 through Sunday, September 8, 2024.

The line up this year includes Tom Hook and the Hounds, Dave Bennett Quartet, Dave Bennett and The Memphis Speed Kings, Tom Rigney and Flambeau, Professor Cunningham and His Old School Band, and more to be scheduled. There are four venues that are close together although a free shuttle is available for all those that wish to use that service. All venues are non smoking and dancing is encouraged.

Tickets are NOW on sale! Tickets for the event are $85.00 (Friday), $105.00 (Saturday), $85.00 (Sunday) and three day festival tickets are $160.00.  For further information, visit Pentastic online at, or call toll-free 1-866-599-3494. Purchase tickets online at


Join us September 12-15 2024 for the 15th Annual Central Pennsylvania Ragtime & American Music Festival. Four fun-filled days of music, silent movies, lectures, open houses, and more. Hear Ragtime favorites, Jazz, Boogie-Woogie, Stride, Blues, and hits from the Great American Songbook, all performed by Grammy Award winning musicians. Plus, enjoy rides on the town’s two signature attractions, the historic East Broad Top Railroad, and the neighboring Rockhill Trolley Museum!

Our festival is by far the most intimate of the ragtime gatherings – where else in America can you enjoy our nation’s musical heritage in such a historic setting? Past performers include Adam Swanson, Martin Spitznagel, Bryan & Yuko Wright, Brian Holland, Danny Coots, Domingo Mancuello, Joey Antico, Bill Edwards, Andrew Greene and the Peacherine Ragtime Orchestra, Ed Clute, Daniel Souvigny, Richard Dowling, and Joyce Richardson.  Come join us for some great music!

For tickets and more festival information, visit:


This year’s festival, which takes place in Eureka, California, boasts seven venues: Hagadone Stage at Eureka Municipal Auditorium, Chevron & George Petersen Insurance Stage at The Adorni Center, Pierson Building Center Stage at The Sequoia Center, The Eagle House Stage at The Inn & 2nd and C, Sun Valley Group Stage at Morris Graves Museum, and two performance stages at The Red Lion Hotel (which is the home base of the festival). All venues have food, bars, and dance floors—with complimentary shuttles between venues.

Featuring: Americana, Hot and New Orleans Jazz, Swing, Blues, Western Swing, Zydecco, Rockabilly, and Country, 40 Bands, and 100 sets of music, TST readers will find many of their favorites in the mix.

Please write [email protected] with questions. Find payment options and other information online at Please check the hotel page to see if there are ticket packages available from official festival hotels. Special combination packages may be available.

SUN VALLEY JAZZ & MUSIC FESTIVAL (Sun Valley, ID) – Oct. 16-20

Idaho’s Sun Valley Jazz and Music Festival covers five days and offers excellent bands in five venues at the Sun Valley Resort, plus free community concerts in Ketchum Town Square. April will bring announcements about this year’s lineup.

Tickets are available by telephone (877) 478-5277 or on our website;

ROSWELL JAZZ FESTIVAL (Roswell, NM) – Oct. 23-27

Previous years have included over 30 popular classic jazz artists. Tickets for the 17th annual festival will go on sale in September; for more information visit, email [email protected], or telephone 505-359-4876.

34th annual ARIZONA CLASSIC JAZZ FESTIVAL (Chandler, AZ) – Oct 31-Nov. 3

Scheduled performers: Howard Alden, Cheryl’s Vintage Jazz with special guests Dan Levinson & Katie Cavera, St. Louis Stompers, Tom Rigney & Flambeau, Holland-Coots Jazz Quintet, Groovus, Sentimental Breeze, Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi, Sun City Stomperz, WE 3 + 1 (Patrick, Lansford, Pesce, Early), Wildcat Jazz Band, Wolverine JazzBand, ACJS JAMMERS.

“Afterglow” event to be held in the San Tan Ballroom 6 – 8 pm. MUST MAKE RESERVATIONS With ACJF​​
Must purchase the buffet to attend. $40 per person. Please send a separate check with notation “Afterglow”
Cash bar for alcohol.

For details, including hotel blocks, go to or call 480-620-3941. Send checks or credit card orders to ACJF, 10918 E. Michigan Ave., Sun Lakes, AZ 85248.


The globe’s foremost gathering of specialist Classic Jazz musicians and fans; a three-day concert series featuring live music of a rarely heard quality and authenticity, performed by a truly international roster of world-class performers. Held over a long weekend from midday on Friday until late on Sunday evening, the Party takes the form of a series of special themed concerts chosen and curated by the musicians themselves and drawn from the canon of the first 40 years of jazz.

Themes this year include: A Centenary Celebration: Bix and The Wolverines, After the Armistice: Jass in London 1919-23, Pleasure Mad – Charlie Creath and Dewey Jackson, Futuristic Rhythms – Irving Mills’ Hotsy Totsy Gang, The Red Heads and Ukulele Ike, A Rhythmic Dream: Fletcher Henderson, Modernism in Mayfair: The Piccadilly Revels Band, Mamie Smith’s Jazz Hounds, Clarence Williams’ Blue Five, Creole Trombone: The Music of Kid Ory, Roger Wolfe Kahn’s Orchestra, Boyd Senter, Vic Meyers, Lil Armstrong, Early Bennie Moten, Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake, The Two Bright Boys: Cecil Scott and Lloyd Scott, Thomas Morris, Bobby Hackett & the Singers, Gene Austin, Benny Goodman’s Rhythm Makers Orchestra, and A Battle of the Bands: Duke Ellington vs Luis Russell

Artists include: Trumpet – Andy Schumm (USA), Malo Mazurié (France), Mike Davis (USA), Enrico Tomasso (UK), Torstein Kubban (Norway), Jon-Erik Kellso (USA). Reeds – Lars Frank (Norway), Lorenzo Baldasso (Italy), Michael McQuaid (UK), Natalie Scharf (USA – new for 2024) David Horniblow (UK), Claus Jacobi (Germany), Richard Exall (UK). Trombone – Alistair Allan (UK), Graham Hughes (UK), Charlie Halloran (USA – new for 2024). Piano – Andrew Oliver (USA), David Boeddinghaus (USA), Morten Gunnar Larsen (Norway), Ulf Johansson Werre (Sweden – new for 2024!). Guitar & Banjo – Thomas “Spats” Langham (UK), Martin Wheatley (UK), Félix Hunot (France), Curtis Volp (UK – new for 2024). Brass bass & string bass – Phil Rutherford (UK), Henry Lemaire (France), Harry Evans (UK). Drums & Percussion – Nicholas D. Ball (UK), Josh Duffee (USA), Richard Pite (UK). Violin – Emma Fisk (UK). Vocals – Thomas “Spats” Langham (UK), Nicolle Rochelle (France).

At the end of each day, musicians and audience relax and enjoy themselves at the legendary after-hours jam sessions in the hotel’s bar, often going on into the wee small hours.

The concerts take place in 4-star luxury, with audience members being assigned to cabaret seating of 8 to a table. A twice-daily rotation system is in place to ensure that everybody gets a good view. For tickets and other information, please visit; [email protected].

SUNCOAST JAZZ FESTIVAL (Clearwater Beach, FL) – Nov. 22-24

Featured this year are the New Black Eagle Jazz Band, Wally’s Warehouse Waifs, Grammy nominated Diego Figueiredo, Jason Marsalis, Wycliff Gordan and many many more. Additional artists will be announced soon, over 80 musicians were featured in 2023.

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

JAZZ FEST AT SEA (Caribbean) January 17-27, 2025

If you are a fan of Swing, Dixieland, Classic Jazz, Chicago Jazz, Traditional Jazz, in fact just about any style which emerged during the first half of the 20th century, plan to attend JazzFest at Sea – presented in a private jazz club atmosphere limited to 200 guests! Our cruise will be departing roundtrip Miami to St. Kitts, St. Maarten, Antigua, St. Thomas, Dominican Republic and Ocean Cay on the MSC Divina for 10-nights of jazz and fun.

Scheduled artists include Allan Vaché – clarinet, Terry Myers – tenor sax, Houston Person – tenor sax, Davy Jones – cornet, Dave Bennett – clarinet, Mike Francis – piano, Kris Tokarski – piano, Jim Fryer – trombone, Jake Jones – guitar & banjo, Jon-Erik Kellso – trumpet, Mark Shane – piano, Danny Coots – drums, Charlie Silva – bass, Paul Keller – bass, Ricky Malichi – drums, with Vocalists Banu Gibson and Yve Evans.

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AHOY VINTAGE CRUISES: Matt Tolentino and his Orchestra (Southampton, UK – New York, NY) May 16-23, 2025 / Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra (Southampton, UK – New York, NY) Sept. 26-Oct. 3, 2025

Ahoy Vintage Cruises is celebrating 100 years of Art Deco with two exclusive trans-Atlantic crossings.  We will start off with a few days touring era-influenced sites in Paris, the birthplace of Art Deco in 1925. After a quick jaunt in London, we’ll board the iconic RMS Queen Mary 2 for a seven-night crossing.

Each crossing, departing from Southampton and arriving in New York City, features a renowned orchestra playing Deco-era music for nightly dances.

Enjoy dining, drinking, and dancing your way across the Atlantic in the delightful Deco style. Live your best vintage life for this trip. Is it 1925 or 2025? It’s a dream come true.

Joe Bebco is the Associate Editor of The Syncopated Times and Webmaster of

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