The Festival Roundup August 2016

The Django Reinhardt NY Festival celebrates 17 years at its home, Birdland, 315 W. 44th St., in New York City._Anchoring the event are the Django Festival All-Stars_featuring guitarist Samson Schmitt_with special guests Anat Cohen, Peter Beets, Jorge Continentino, Itaiguara Brandao, and vocalist Jazzmeia Horn. The festival is produced by Pat Philips-Stratta.
Tickets cost $45; (212) 744-8836; (212) 581-3080;;
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The Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Society has changed locations for its 2016 festival. The society has partnered with the Isle Casino Hotel and the City of Bettendorf to host the 45th annual Bix Fest at the Waterfront Center, LeClaire Park Bandshell Davenport and the Isle Casino Hotel and Convention Center. Performers include Randy Sandke & Dick Hyman, The Rock Island Roustabouts, Dan Levinson’s Six Shades of Bix, the Lakeshore Syncopators, Dave Bennett Quartet, Dave Greer’s Classic Jazz Stompers, the Graystone Monarchs, Miss Jubilee and her Humdingers, River City 6, the Jimmy Valentine JB, the Josh Duffee Orchestra, the Basin Street Boys, the Tony Hamilton Orchestra, the Kix Orchestra, the Ron Tegeler Trio and the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Youth Band.
All-event passes cost $110; all-day tickets cost $55 for Friday and $65 Saturday; individual weekend sessions cost $30 and $35; (888) BIX-LIVS; (563) 324-7170; [email protected]


SATCHMO SUMMERFEST. (New Orleans, La.) – Aug. 4-7.
The 16th annual Satchmo Summerfest will draw thousands of trad-jazz fans to New Orleans on Aug. 4 through 7. This year the free event moves to Jackson Square in New Orleans’ historic French Quarter. A new ‘Back o’ Town Stage’ with swing dance lessons inside Louisiana State Museum’s Arsenal next to the Cabildo while_Satchmo Symposium and other events move to Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré. Music will ring out all weekend on festival stages spotlighting traditional jazz, brass bands and children’s programming. Among many festival highlights is the “Satchmo Club Strut” down Frenchmen Street. The three-day festival presented by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. features more than 40 performances by local legends and touring virtuosos as well as screenings of jazz films and documentaries, seminars on jazz history, hands-on workshops, swing dance lessons, and interactive exhibits. This year’s lineup features The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Bill Summers & Jazalsa, Kermit Ruffins, Brass-A-Holics, Catherine Russell (debut), Yoshio Toyama and the Dixie Saints, Jeremy Davenport and a Trumpet Tribute to Louis Armstrong featuring James Andrews, Victor Goines and Wendell Brunious,
Admission is free all weekend; (504) 522-5730;

Staged at the three-story City Hall Events Venue, 1144 N. Broadway St., in Denver, this exceptional festival focuses primarily on pre-war swing and vintage jazz of the 1930s’ and ’40s. This year’s bands include the Jonathan Doyle Swingtet, Paul Asaro & His Rhythm, the Aaron Johnson Quintet and the Joe Smith Orchestra featuring the All-Stars as well as Joe Smith & The Spicy Pickles plus hundreds of swing dancers and selected musicians from the Mile-High City.
A full festival pass costs $109, and individual session passes range from $10 to $30;*; (303) 883-6691;

TELLURIDE JAZZ FESTIVAL. (Telluride, Colo.) – Aug. 5-7.
Since 1977, Telluride’s majestic perch high in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado has been the site of an annual cultural event produced by the Telluride Society for Jazz. Combining pristine natural aesthetics and boundless artistic creativity, the Telluride Jazz Fest is a three-day-and-night live music event centered around jazz that is staged annually on the first weekend of August. Performers for the 40th annual festival include Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers, Jon Scofield/Jon Cleary Duo, the Rebirth Brass Band, Caleb Chapman’s Crescent Superband, Galactic, Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen.
Weekend all-access passes cost $175 in advance, $200 after May 31; three-day park passes cost $125 in advance and $145 at the gate; children ages 12 and younger will be admitted free; camping costs $69 per person or $79 per vehicle; (970) 728-7009; [email protected]


LITCHFIELD JAZZ FESTIVAL. (Goshen, Conn.) – Aug. 6-7.
Launched in 1996, the Litchfield Jazz Festival relocated two years later to the Goshen Fairgrounds in the southern Berkshire Mountains because it had outgrown the Litchfield park._ This year marks the festival’s 21st anniversary. Performers include Andrew Hadro with Tony Malaby; Richie Barshay with Jimmy Greene; Albert Rivera with Paul Bollenback; Nicole Zuraitis with Dave Stryker; Daryl Johns with Orrin Evans; Big Bass Blowout with Avery Sharpe and Matt Wilson; Emmet Cohen with Jimmy Heath; the Curtis Brothers with Donald Harrison; and, of course, the Litchfield Jazz Orchestra with Don Braden. On Sunday, the festival will present its first ever Scat & Scramble Jazz Brunch, to benefit need-based scholarships to Litchfield Jazz Camp. Southern-style food served by O’Deens BBQ will create a Big Easy atmosphere with music to match. Donald Harrison will lead a big band of top jazz campers and instructors from New Orleans. The Goshen Fairgrounds are located at 116 Old Middle St. (Rte. 63), just south of the center of town. A large portion of the Mohawk State Forest is located in the Northwest Connecticut town.
Ticket prices range from $39.96 to $524.95; (860) 361-6285;

A cruise along the Susquehanna River is a highlight of this 36th annual festival. Performances will also be staged at Indian Echo Caverns in Hummelstown, the River City Blues Club and the lovely Mt. Gretna Playhouse.
Performers include saxman Houston Person, guitarist Russell Malone, singers Dred “Perky” Scott & Diane Wilson Bedford and trombonist Jim McFalls, and the River City Big Band
All tickets cost $15 at the door, or $12 in advance; $5 for students;; (717) 525-8926

HUDSON VALLEY JAZZ FESTIVAL. (Warwick, N.Y.) – Aug. 11-14.
Founded in 2010 as the Warwick Valley Jazz Festival, the event was renamed Hudson Valley Jazz Festival in 2012 and expanded into other areas in Orange County and the greater Hudson Valley. Centered in Warwick, an affluent town in southwest Orange County, N.Y., the seventh annual festival will be staged at several area venues including a theatre, cafés, restaurants, parks, arts centers and libraries. “The idea to present varied formats in different environments,” said drummer Steve Rubin, the festival’s organizer. Venues include the Dautaj and Lewis Park in Warwick and the Bean Runner Café in Peekskill over in Westchester County. Performers for 2016 include the NY Swing Exchange, Lindsey Webster, The Voyagers, the David Crone Trio, the Jeff Ciampa Quartet, the Jazz Patients, the Eric Person Quartet and Grenadian guitarist-singer K.J. Denhert.
Admission prices at the various venues range from free to $20;; (917) 903-4380.

PROVINCETOWN JAZZ FESTIVAL. (Cape Cod, Mass.) – Aug. 11 & 15.
Since 2005, this festival has been staged in Provincetown, the oldest continuous art colony in the United States._Unlike most weekend-long festivals which run for three or more days in a row, the Provincetown fest stages its shows on two days separated by a three-day break. The 12th annual festival commences on Aug. 11, at the Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St., in Provincetown, and continues again with two concerts on Aug. 15, at Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Route 28, Cotuit. Plymouth & Brockton is sponsoring a free bus leaving Hyannis Exit 6 commuter parking lot at 4 p.m. for the Thursday, Aug. 11 concert at The Crown & Anchor in Provincetown. This bus will also stop at Exit 10 commuter parking lot. This year’s lineup includes Evan Christopher, Billy Stritch, Nicki Parrott, Fred Boyle, Gabiano de Castro, Ron Ormsby, Scott Avidon and Bart Weisman.
Tickets cost $30 each day; (508) 274-2513;


SUTTER CREEK RAGTIME FESTIVAL. (Sutter Creek, Calif.) – Aug. 12-14.
Hosted by the Mother Lode Ragtime Society, the 18th annual Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival will be staged Aug. 12 through 14, at venues such as the Sutter Creek Ice Cream Emporium, the Hotel Sutter and the Sutter Creek Theatre. Known far and wide as the jewel of the gold country, Sutter Creek is located 46 miles southeast of Sacramento. Performers for 2016 include Elliott Adams, Patrick Aranda, Jack and Chris Bradshaw, Tom Brier, Michael Chisholm, Danny Coots, the Drivons, the Crown Syncopators, Brian Holland, Carl Sonny Leyland, Ray Skjelbred, Squeek Steele, Virginia Tichenor and others.
All-event badges cost $70 before July 15, or $80 after that date; day badge prices range from $15 to $35; children ages 16 and younger will be admitted free if accompanied by a paying adult; (209) 405-1563;

MORRISTOWN JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL. (Morristown, N.J.) – Aug. 20.
The sixth annual festival turns the green blue on Saturday, Aug. 20, from noon until 10 p.m. 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 concert will celebrate the 90th birthday of legendary jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli who has become a regular fixture here. In addition, performers will pay tribute to the late Rusty Paul, the son of the great Les Paul. Rusty – who had a special relationship with the festival – passed away in January after a long illness. This year’s festival begins at noon with the George Gee Swing Orchestra._At two o’clock, legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli returns to the stage and at 4 p.m. Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses jump, jive and wail. Guitarist Quinn Sullivan picks at 6 p.m. followed by sacred steel giant Robert Randolph & The Family Band at 8 p.m.
Contact Don Jay Smith of LKS Associates at (908) 832-1020; [email protected];

GRANDJAZZFEST. (Grand Rapids, Mich.) – Aug. 20-21.
Founded in 2012 by jazz enthusiast Audrey Sundstrom, GRandJazzFest is West Michigan’s only free, weekend-long jazz festival. The fifth annual event will be staged Aug. 20 and 21, at Rosa Parks Circle in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, at 135 Monroe Center NW, a couple blocks east of Grand River. The family-friendly festival will present notable jazz performers as well as up-and-coming artists for diverse audiences. “We’re proud to say GRandJazzFest is one of the most diverse, community-oriented festivals for people who live here, who travel here, and who want to enjoy two days of great live music in a vibrant downtown setting,” Sundstrom said. Performers for 2016 were being announced April 27;; (616) 617-7720.

PRESCOTT JAZZ SUMMIT. (Prescott, Ariz.) – Aug. 26-28.
Prescott, Arizona is located in Arizona’s high country, just 90 miles north of Phoenix. Combining the dulcet sounds of some of the nation’s most outstanding jazz musicians with the moderate summer temperatures and towering shade trees of Prescott means “cool” is a word often uttered by attendees at the annual Prescott Jazz Summit. Performers and prices for 2016 TBA; (928) 277-1576 or (928) 830-2462 or (484) 558-0066;


VAIL JAZZ PARTY. (Vail, Colo.) – Sept. 1-5.
The Vail Jazz Festival culminates over Labor Day Weekend with a unique mix of world-class musicians in a one-of-a-kind format that has lived up to its title, the Vail Jazz Party. Whether it’s group performances, multi-artist jam sessions or the inspiring multimedia tributes to jazz legends, the weekend has a party spirit that attracts musicians and jazz lovers from all over the world. Performers include Adrian Cunningham, Bobby Floyd, Diego Figueiredo, Joel Frahm, Niki Haris, Jerohn Garnett, Ken Peplowski, Mary Stallings, Byron Stripling, Terrell Stafford, Jeff Hamilton and the Mile Hi Gospel Ensemble.
Performance pass $375, patron pass $450, individual performances, $55-$75;; (970) 479-6146; (888) 824-5526.

LOUISIANA SEAFOOD FESTIVAL. (New Orleans, La.) – Sept. 2-4.
This Labor Day weekend, head down to New Orleans City Park, 1701 Wisner Blvd., for three days of seafood, cocktails, live music and family fun. Vendors include renowned restaurants such as Acme Oyster and Seafood House, Café Giovanni, Drago’s Seafood Restaurant, Galatoire’s and Red Fish Grill. This year’s band lineup includes Flow Tribe, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes, Paul Varisco & the Milestones plus Luther Kent, and many more.
Ticket prices are TBA; [email protected];; (504) 913-5980.

HOT JAZZ JUBILEE. (Sacramento, Calif.) – Sept. 2-5.
Headquartered at the DoubleTree by Hilton Arden Arcade, 2001 Point West Way, in Sacramento, this festival kicks off at noon on Friday, Sept. 2 when The Ophir Prison Band leads a parade of festive ladies in flapper dresses, parasols, boas and beads. Performers at six different venues include the Au Bros., Bechet Fantasy Band, Blue Street, Shelly Burns, Brian Casserly, Kylie Castro, John Cocuzzi, Danny Coots, Brian Holland, Crescent Katz, Bill Dendle, Bob Draga, Eddie Erickson, Yve Evans & Co., Fulton Street, Gator Nation, High Sierra JB, Randi Cee, Ray Skelbred & The Cubs, Tom Hook & the Terriers, Midiri Brothers, Tom Morgan & The Emblems, New Orleans Racket Makers, Tom Rigney & Flambeau, Side Street Strutters, Sister Swing, the Smart Fellers, Claudette Stone, Vanna Turner, Bob Williams and Pat Yankee.
Badge prices range from $20 for students per session to $110 for a four-day all events badge ($100 if purchased before July 31);; (916) 813-7665.

DETROIT JAZZ FESTIVAL. (Detroit, Mich.) – Sept. 2-5.
Now in its 34th year, this free-admission festival takes place over several city blocks in downtown Motown – from Hart Plaza to Campus Martius – with five stages and 100 acts over four days. It also offers educational activities for adults and children, fireworks, late-night jam sessions and opportunities to meet the artists. The Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center is the festival’s official hotel. This year’s lineup includes a handful of New Orleans acts including the Soul Rebels, Marcus Roberts and big bands such as Freddy Cole fronting the Detroit Jazz Fest Orchestra and the Chris Potter Underground Orchestra along with headliners Ron Carter, George Benson and Jimmy Heath.
Admission is free; (855) JAZZDET;

GATEWAY JAZZ FESTIVAL. (St. Louis, Mo.) – Sept. 4-5.
The fourth annual Sunday-and-Monday festival is hosted by the St. Louis Jazz Club at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at Westport, 1973 Craigshire Road, Saint Louis. One of the club’s stated goals is to improve quality of life in the Midwest by making traditional jazz an integral part of that life. To that end this fourth fest features a half-dozen swingin’ acts, Cornet Chop Suey, the St. Louis Stompers, Miss Jubilee & The Humdingers, Pat Joyce with Scott Alberici, the Liberty Jazz Band and Michael Lacey’s Dixie Swing Band.
Reserved seating: $125, all events: $80, individual sessions: $35;; (314) 972-8298.


MIDWEST GYPSY SWING FEST. (Fitchburg, Wisc.) – Sept. 9-10.
The 14th annual Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest presents more than a half dozen Django-inspired bands staged on the grounds of a beautiful horse farm at 5927 Adams Road, in Fitchburg, just south of Madison, Wisc. Performances take place under a large tent, in a big barn and in front of flickering late-night campfires. This year’s performers include Harmonious Wail, the Rhythm Future Quartet with Olli Sokelli and Jason Anick, Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan, the Russell Welch Hot Quartet, the Olivarez Trio, Ultra Faux and the Hot Club of Baltimore.
Tickets cost $25 each day; for reserved seating info, email [email protected]; mid-winter festival is scheduled for Feb. 10-11, 2017;; (608) 658-6988.

GRUGELFEST 2016. (Toledo, Ohio.) – Sept. 9-11.
The Ralph Grugel Memorial Jazz Festival will be staged at the Park Inn by Radisson Hotel in downtown Toledo starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9. Five veteran jazz bands and world-class piano players will be featured on the two main stages. On Thursday, Sept. 8, a free pre-festival party at the Ye Olde Durty Burd Gastropub on St. Clair Street at Washington, starts at 8 p.m. with music by Ragtime Rick Grafing and the Chefs of Dixieland. Headliners include the Yerba Buena Stompers featuring Ida Blue, the New Orleans Nighthawks JB, Red Lehr’s Powerhouse Five and Jon Seiger & The All-Stars. Toledo’s Cakewalkin’ Jass Band will return, and special guest Duke Heitger is back on trumpet.
Tickets for Grugelfest 2016 are now on sale at the Huntington Center Box Office at (419) 321-5007, and also at Weekend passes will be available along with individual session tickets.
Tickets cost $45 per session or $130 for all three days, and $160 for VIP pass. Profits from Grugelfest 2016 will benefit the Dyslexia Education Training Center of Northwest Ohio (formerly the 32° Masonic Learning Center for Children);; (419) 389-0956.

PENTASTIC HOT JAZZ FESTIVAL. (Penticton, B.C., Canada.) – Sept. 9-11.
The 20th anniversary Pentastic Fest – the pride of British Columbia! – will feature Dave Bennett & Memphis Speed Kings, Gonzalo Bergera Quartet, Black Swan Classic JB, Lance Buller, Cornet Chop Suey, Draga’s Dragons, Gator Nation, Tom Hook, Le Dixieland, the Rossi Gang and Tom Rigney & Flambeau, as well as special events celebrating the 20th anniversary. Of the festival’s five fine venues, four feature ample dance floors, and all are within walking distance.
Tickets cost $60 Friday, $75 Saturday and $55 Sunday, or $110 for all three days;; (250) 770-3494.

CLEVELAND CLASSIC JAZZ PARTY. (Cleveland, Ohio.) – Sept. 15-18.
Presented by the Allegheny Jazz Society at the Intercontinental Hotel in Cleveland, the third annual party showcases Howard Alden, Harry Allen, Bill Allred, Ehud Asherie, Dan Barrett, Dan Block, Jon Burr, James Dapogny, Faux Frenchmen, Mike Greensill, Marty Grosz, Duke Heitger, Jon-Erik Kellso, Rebecca Kilgore, Dan Levinson, Kerry Lewis, Ricky Malichi, Randy Reinhart, Scott Robinson, Pete Siers, Hal Smith, Rossano Sportiello, Andy Stein, Frank Tate, Wesla Whitfield and historian Phil Atteberry.
Ticket prices range from $50 per session to $310 for full-four-day admission. One free student ticket is available with each paid ticket to any session; (216) 956-0886;

MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL. (Monterey, Calif.) – Sept. 16-18.
The 59th annual Monterey Jazz Festival will take place in mid-September on the 20-acre, oak-studded Monterey County Fairgrounds, at 2000 Fairground Road in marvelous Monterey, Calif.
Performances will include a Tribute to Quincy Jones,_Wayne Shorter Quartet,_Pat Metheny,_Branford Marsalis Quartet with Kurt Elling,_Gregory Porter,_The Bad Plus with Joshua Redman,_Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project,_Kamasi Washington,_Maceo Parker,_Cory Henry,_Richard Bona,_Cécile McLorin Salvant,_Davina and the Vagabonds_and others.
Three-day arena & grounds ticket package prices range from $310 to $350; full weekend grounds packages cost $137 for adults or $52 for youth ages 3 to 18; single day tickets range from $22 to $154;;_(888) 248-6499.

STEAMBOAT STOMP. (New Orleans, La.) – Sept. 23-25.
The New Orleans Steamboat Company kicks off of the fourth annual Steamboat Stomp Music Festival on Friday, Sept. 23 in old New Orleans. The three-day program will feature some of the world’s finest musicians performing New Orleans-style jazz on the Natchez, last authentic steamboat on the Mississippi River._“The Steamboat Stomp emphasizes the historical and cultural significance of jazz on the Mississippi River through a weekend of live performances in local venues,” said Duke Heitger, leader of Duke Heitger & The Steamboat Stompers. The Stomp opens in the French Quarter with a Friday-night concert followed by Saturday afternoon festivities, a Natchez Dinner Jazz Cruise on Saturday night and a Jazz Brunch cruise on Sunday._ The lineup for 2016 includes the Yerba Buena Stompers with Ida Blue, the Dukes of Dixieland, Duke Heitger’s Steamboat Stompers, Tim Laughlin, Tuba Skinny and Kris Tokarski.
Weekend packages are available for $225._ Patron-level and sponsor packages are also available starting at $300. Tickets to individual events will be available in the summer; (504) 586-8777;; [email protected]

SUMMIT JAZZ. (Aurora, Colo.) – Sept. 30-Oct. 2.
The 38th annual Summit Jazz will be staged at Radisson Southeast, 3155 S. Vaughan Way, in Aurora, about four miles east of Denver, Colo. Performers this year are Howard Alden, Jeff Barnhart, Dan Barrett, Jim Buchmann, Josh Collazo, Jim Cullum JB, Josh Duffee, Jim Fryer, Duke Heitger, Ivory & Gold, Dave Kosmyma, Sam Rocha, Joe Smith & Spicy Pickle JB, Rossano Sportiello, John Sheridan, Summit Hot 7, After Midnight, Frank Tate and Allan Vaché, among others. Special program: A tribute to the World’s Greatest Jazz Band.
Weekend badge: $115, Patron: $215, single session badges: $32-$40;; (303) 670-3820.

SOUTHERN OREGON MUSIC FESTIVAL. (Medford, Ore.) – Sept. 30-Oct. 2.
Fifteen bands will perform a total of 95 sets of danceable music at five distinct venues, all within seven blocks in downtown Medford, Ore. – the birthplace of Ginger Rogers – in southwestern Oregon. More than 100 hours of musical entertainment, from jump jive, blues, doo wop, rockabilly, swing, zydeco, R&B, funk, and rock’n’roll and jazz of all styles are performed by the nation’s top festival bands including Dave Bennett & Memphis Speed Kings, Cornet Chop Suey, Bob Draga, Gator Nation, High Sierra JB, High Street, Carolyn Martin’s Swing Band, Midiri Brothers, Oregon Coast Lab Band, Tom Rigney & Flambeau, Wally’s Warehouse Waifs, The Young Bucs and Twice as Good.
All-event passes cost $80 through Sept. 25, $90 at door, daily ticket prices range from $20 to $50; (866) 448-1948;

SUMMIT JAZZ. (Aurora, Colo.) – Sept. 30-Oct. 2.
With roots going back to 1979, Summit Jazz has been carrying the torch for trad-jazz for nearly four decades. Because it’s now staged at the Radisson Hotel Denver Southeast, in Aurora, Colo., festival-goers find themselves within walking distance from Cherry Creek State Park and close to Kennedy Soccer Complex. This family-friendly hotel is close to Town Center at Aurora and Aurora History Museum. This year’s lineup features the Jim Cullum Jazz Band, After Midnight, Howard Alden, Jeff Barnhart, Dan Barrett, Jim Buchmann, Josh Collazo, Josh Duffee, Jim Fryer, Duke Heitger, David Kosmyna, Ivory & Gold, Dave Kosmyma, Sam Rocha, Joe Smith & The Spicy Pickles, Rossano Sportiello, Summit Hot 7, Frank Tate, Allan Vache.
Four session patron passes cost $200 through Aug. 31, and $215 thereafter; four-session passes cost $105 through Aug. 31, or $115 thereafter; admission to individual sessions range from $10 to $40;; (303) 670-3820.

OREGON COAST JAZZ PARTY. (Newport, Ore.) – Sept. 30-Oct. 2.
Oregon Coast Council for the Arts celebrates 13 years with the Oregon Coast Jazz Party this fall at the_Newport Performing Arts Center_and at the_Shilo Inn Suites Hotel, both in the lovely town of Newport. The 13th annual jazz party on Oregon’s central coastline features performances by Rebecca Kilgore, Ken Peplowski, Lynn Seaton, Akiko Tsuruga, Terrell Stafford, Bruce Barth, Graham Dechter and the Jeff Hamilton Trio. Music director is Holly Hoffmann.
Jazz party patron levels, $250, $500 and $1,000; Ticket prices TBA; (541) 265-2787;

AMELIA ISLAND JAZZ FESTIVAL. (Fernandina Beach, Fla.) Oct. 2-9.
Founded in 2001 by promoter Les DeMerle, this festival staged off the coast of northeastern Florida presents world-class jazz in styles including swing, Dixieland, big band and Latin. During the week-long festival, music is performed by jazz greats as well as up-and-coming young talent. Performances take place in several venues around Amelia Island including the OMNI Hotels & Resorts Amelia Island Plantation. This year’s performers include Bria Skonberg, Houston Person, Les DeMerle, Trio Caliente, Bonnie Eisele, Al Waters and the U.S. Navy Dixieland Brass Band.
Ticket prices range from $20 for jam sessions to $5 for prime concert seats; (904) 504-4772;

JEFF & JOEL’S HOUSE PARTY. (Branford, Conn.) Oct. 8-10.
Jeff Barnhart and Joel Schiavone, two of the leaders of Connecticut Jazz and the Connecticut Jazz Festival, decided to collaborate and Jeff and Joel’s House Party was born. After six spectacular events starting in 2012,_Jeff and Joel’s House Party_is reconvening for a seventh round in October on Columbus Day weekend, at the Branford Elks Club, 158 South Montowese Street (Route 146), Branford, Conn._ These house parties are a memorable experience. These musicians do not normally play together and mix and match with each song. Just 80 tickets are sold for each session.
Friday Night Taste of the Weekend!_– 7:30-9:30 p.m., Oct. 7, $45 per person featuring_ the one and only Paris Washboard with Jeff Barnhart._ Saturday and Sunday sessions $80 per person._
Three session $225 and Friday night $40;; (203) 208-1481.

SUN VALLEY JAZZ & MUSIC FESTIVAL. (Sun Valley, Idaho.) – Oct. 19-23.
The 27th annual Idaho event promises 40 bands in five days. Venues include the Sun Valley Inn, the River Run Lodge, the Sun Valley Lodge, a local indoor ice rink with seating for 850, and the Sun Valley Opera House. If you need a break from the music, visitors can indulge in mountain biking, golfing, silent movies, fly-fishing and goat-watching. This year’s entertainers include Paolo Alderighi, the Banjomanacs, Jeff Barnhart, Gonzalo Bergara Quartet, Big Band Bashes, Black Swan Classic JB, Blue Street JB, Boise Straight Ahead, Clarinet Clambake, John Cocuzzi Trio, Sherri Colby’s Racket Makers, Danny Coots, Cornet Chop Suey, Bob Draga, Yve Evans, Joe Fos, Gator Nation, High Street, Brian Holland, Bruce Innis, Ivory & Gold, Kings of Swing, Jerry Krahn Quartet, Brady McKay, Pieter Meijers Quartet, Midiri Brothers Sextet, Jacob Miller & Bridge City Crooners, PBJ, Kyle Rowland Blues Band, Gary Ryan, Side Street Strutters with Meloney Collins, Joe Smith & The Spicy Pickles, Stephanie Trick, We Three, Yale Whiffenpoofs, Sun Valley Jazz Marching Band Salute.
Four-day all events badge, $110; day and evening passes range from $20 to $55; Oct. 18 Mardi Gras Party in the Limelight Room with music by Tom Rigney, Sherri Colby and Gator Nation, $25; (800) 686-3775 or (916) 929-8855;

ROSWELL JAZZ FESTIVAL. (Roswell, N.M.) – Oct. 20-23.
The annual Roswell Jazz Festival begins during the week prior to the second weekend of October and runs through the weekend with performances at several venues located within a few minutes’ drive from the center of Roswell, New Mexico. More than 40 world-class musicians will gather for this fall’s 10th annual Roswell Jazz Fest including Harry Allen, John Allred, Ehud Asherie, Dan Barrett, Joe Barriga, Dan Barta, John Cocuzzi, Roger Dickerson, Eddie Erickson, Joel Forbes, Michael Francis, Tardo Hammer, Willie Hernandez, Rebecca Kilgore, Ricky Malichi, Ed Metz Jr., Tony Monaco, Cecilia Noel, Frank Otero, Nicki Parrott, Ken Peplowski, Chuck Redd, Jason Roberts, Rossano Sportiello, Frank Tate, Raziel Tortow and Erik Unsworth.
Preferred package costs $195; weekend package: $85; individual event ticket prices range from $15 to $35; jazz, food and drink at the exclusive VIP Party at the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art for donors at the Gold Level of $500; (505) 359-4876;

‘RUBY’ JUBILEE BY THE SEA. (Pismo Beach, Calif.) – Oct. 27-30.
Framed by rolling white sand dunes and green-leaved eucalyptus trees, Jubilee by the Sea is staged on California’s Central Coast, just a few miles south of Morro Bay in San Luis Obispo County. Once known as “The Clam Capital of the World,” Pismo Beach is now a bustling resort town of 8,000 inhabitants. Although clams are no longer harvested at Pismo Beach, the city remains proud of its seaside heritage. Every October since 1976, the Basin Street Regulars (also called the Central Coast Hot Jazz Society) have hosted this world-class traditional jazz festival. The music rings out for four days at multiple venues including the Pismo Beach Veteran’s Memorial Building, in two tents at St. Anthony’s Fair Ground, and on the beach at the Addie Street parking lot. Buses run continuously between venues where hardwood dance floors are maintained, and catered food is available for sale. The 2016 lineup features Jeff Barnhart, Blue Street, Clam Chowder JB, Danny Coots, Cornet Chop Suey, the Creole Syncopators, Crescent Katz, Bob Draga, High Street, High Sierra, Ivory & Gold, Judith & the Jazz Krewe, Sonny Leyland Trio, Midiri Brothers, Maria Muldaur & Her Jazz Quintet, the Rag Bone Saints, Night Blooming Jazzmen, Pacific Swing, Sue Palmer’s Motel Band, the Red Skunk Band, Tom Rigney & Flambeau, Royal Garden Swing Band, Larry Scala’s Rhythm Jesters, Bob Schulz, Ulysses Jasz Band, We Three + 1, Dick Williams Jammers, Pat Yankee, plus bands from Dos Pueblo HS, Cal Poly, Hancock College and the Cuesta Jazz Ensemble.
Patron: $500; Sponsor: $250; Three-day badge before Sept. 1: $95; Three-day badge after Sept. 1: $100; Thursday night We 3+1: $25; Thursday Night Mardi Gras with High Street: $25; Friday badge: $50;* Saturday badge: $50; Sunday badge with gospel sets: $30;; (805) 539-5696; (805) 937-8402.

COLORADO SPRINGS JAZZ PARTY. (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Oct. 28-30.
America’s music comes to America’s Mountain as the Friends of Colorado Springs Jazz present the fourth annual Colorado Springs Jazz Party at Antlers Hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave., in the shadow of Pike’s Peak. One of the key components of the Jazz Party is the master’s program open to high-school students focusing on jazz when professional musicians work with the teenagers for two hours. The party features four fabulous sessions – three on Saturday and one on Sunday afternoon – after opening with a cocktail reception on Friday. Performers include_Harry Allen, saxophone; Bill Allred, trombone; Ehud Asherie, piano; Dan Barrett, trombone; John Cocuzzi, piano and vibes; Adrian Cunningham, clarinet; Rebecca Kilgore, vocal; Eddie Metz Jr., drums; Richard Moten, bass; Nicki Parrott, bass and vocal; Ben Polcer, trumpet; Ed Polcer, cornet; Chuck Redd, drums and vibes; Wayne Wilkinson, guitar; David Siegel, violin (Sunday); Lila Mori, vocal (Sunday); and Stephan Doucette, guitar.
Prices for patron badges range from $200 to $1,000; individual sessions cost $75, students $25; [email protected]; (719) 471-3124;

ARIZONA CLASSIC JAZZ FESTIVAL. (Chandler, Ariz.) – Nov. 3-6.
Staged at the classy Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort in Chandler, Ariz., the 27th annual festival features ample dance floors at four venues and offers jammers three sets at which to strut their stuff. The 2016 Classic Jazz Festival is dedicated to the memory of recording engineer Jack Miller, “The Man with the Golden Ear,” who recorded festival performances for many years.
Performers include Howard Alden, B.A.D. Rhythm, Dave Bennett Quartet, John Cocuzzi Courtet, Danny Coots, Cornet Chop Suey, 52nd Street JB, High Sierra JB, Brian Holland, Kandu, Nicki Parrott, Queen City JB, Dan Reed’s Dixieland Hotshots, Diana Perez, Slides & Strings, Sun City Stomperz, Wally’s Warehouse Waifs, Wildcat Jazz, Wolverine JB, and three jam sessions.
All-event badge prices cost $90 before Aug. 15, or $100 thereafter; (480) 620-3941; For Crowne Plaza info, call (480) 812-0900.

THE MIKE DURHAM CLASSIC JAZZ PARTY. (Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K.) – Nov. 4-6.
The Mike Durham Classic Jazz Party will run from mid-day on Friday until late on Sunday evening at the Village Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne, some 70 miles south of Scotland in northeast Great Britain. The concert 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 Andy Schumm, Menno Daams and Duke Heitger, reed players Lars Frank, Claus Jacobi and Robert Fowler, trombonists Jim Fryer and Graham Hughes, pianists Keith Nichols and David Boeddinghaus, bassist Henry LaMaire and Malcom Sked, bajo/guitarist Spats Langham, drummers Josh Duffee and Nicholas Ball, bass saxist Frans Sjostrom, violinists Emma Fisk and Dawn Allen and vocalists Janice Day and Mellow Baku.; email: [email protected]

TREME CREOLE GUMBO FESTIVAL. (New Orleans, La.) Nov 12–13.
The ninth annual Treme Creole Gumbo Festival is New Orleans’ premier brass band showcase, the best place on earth to sample a dozen different styles of gumbo, and admission is free. Music rings out from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., both days at Armstrong Park, 701 N. Rampart St., in New Orleans. Last year’s lineup included the Fairview Baptist Church Brass Band with Lucien Barbarin, and the Rebirth, Onward and Eureka brass bands. This year’s lineup is TBA. Gumbos served include dark roux chicken and sausage gumbo, Creole filé gumbo, seafood gumbo as well as po-boys, pecan pralines and shrimp’n’grits. Food prices range from $3 for tastings to $12 for fried soft-shall crab po-boys.
Free admission; (504) 558-6100;

SUNCOAST JAZZ CLASSIC. (Clearwater Beach, Fla.) – Nov. 18-20.
This white-hot festival celebrates in 26th anniversary this November at the Sheraton and Marriott Sand Key resorts in Clearwater. Music will ring out all day and night care of bands such as Bill Allred’s Classic JB with Jaimie Roberts, Dave Bennett Quartet, Climax JB, Betty Comora, Cornet Chop Suey, Fat Babies, Dr. Jim Gover, High Sierra, Hot Jazz Pie with Theresa Scarvadi, La Lucha with Whitney James, John Lamb, Midiri Brothers, Nate Najar, Ken Peplowski Quartet, Paulette Pepper, Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan, Bob Price and the Swing Time Dancers. The festival will be preceded by a Nov. 16 performance of The Four Freshman at the Largo Cultural Center.
Four-day passes cost $175 or $225; three-day pass, $125; daily tickets cost $40 or $50;; (727) 248-9441.

WEST COAST RAGTIME FESTIVAL. (Rancho Cordova, Calif.) – Nov. 18-20.
The 30th 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, Paolo Alderighi, Clint Baker, Tom Barnebey, Jeff Barnhart, Mimi Blais, The Bradshaws, Tom Brier, Danny Coots, Richard Dowling, Marty Eggers, Andrew Greene, Dale Hadley, Frederick Hodges, Brian Holland, Vincent Johnson, Max Keenlyside, Morten Gunnar Larsen, Carl Sonny Leyland, Frank LiVolsi, Jonathan Meredith, Larisa Migachyov, Max Morath, Ezequiel Pallejá, Will Perkins, John Reed-Torres, David Thomas Roberts, Jack Rummel, Sean Sharp, David Shepard, Patrick Skiffington, Adam Swanson, Virginia Tichenor, Stephanie Trick, and groups Big Mamma Sue & Fast Eddie, Ivory & Gold, Raspberry Jam Band, the Porcupines, Sullivan/Drivons and the Pacific Coast Ragtime Orchestra.
All-events badges cost $95, $110 after Nov. 1; Fri-Sat badges $85; Sat-Sun $75; Sat $55; Sun $35; (866) 724-9273 or (916) 457-3324;

SAN DIEGO JAZZ FEST. (San Diego, Calif.) – Nov. 23-27.
The Town_&_Country Resort and Convention Center, 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, serves as festival headquarters as continuous music enlivens seven different rooms. Entertainers include_Stephanie Trick, Paolo Alderighi, Katie Cavera and Chloe Feoranzo, Buck Creek JB, High Sierra JB,_ Cornet Chop Suey,_ Dave Bennett Quartet,_ Tom Rigney & Flambeau,_ Dave Stuckey and the Hot House Gang, Lakeshore Syncopators, High Society JB,_Memphis Speed Kings,_Night Blooming Jazzmen,_Uptown Lowdown JB,_ Sue Palmer and her Motel Swing Orchestra,_Yerba Buena Stompers,_Grand Dominion JB,_ Titanic JB,_Jazz Jammers, Euphoria Brass Band, Heliotrope Ragtime Orchestra, Mission Bay High School Preservationists, Joe Smith & The Spicy Pickles, Champagne Dixie, Big Butter JB, Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi, Tom Rigney & Flambeau, Katie Cavera, Champagne Dixie, Night-Blooming Jazzmen and the Buck Creek JB.
All-event badges: five-days $110; four-days $105; three-days $100; multi-day badge $5 discount is available with T&C reservation and if purchased before_Oct. 15. Daily badges available at the door. Email: [email protected]; _website:; (619) 297-5277; (800) 772-8527 or (619) 291-7131.


JAZZDAGEN TOURS JAZZ ALIVE 2016. (Departs New York, N.Y.) – Oct. 2-9.
Eight-day cruise aboard the Crystal Serenity visits Newport, Boston, Bar Harbor, Saint John and Halifax. Performers include some of the Big Apple’s best, including Harry Allen, Ehud Asherie, Adrian Cunningham, Nicki Parrott, Jon-Erik Kellso and Chuck Redd, along with Eddie Metz Jr., Joel Forbes, Russ Phillips, David Boeddinghaus and Warren Vaché. New Orleans chanteuse Banu Gibson will be aboard along with trombonist Bill Allred and St. Louis stride pianists Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi. Prices start at $2,700, based on sharing; (800) 433-0078; [email protected];

BREVARD MUSIC GROUP CRUISE TO CUBA. (Departs Miami, Fla.) – Oct. 29-Nov. 5.
Join Roland Guilarte, founder of Brevard Music Group, aboard the MV Adonia on_the BMG Cultural Cruise to Cuba, which he calls “an adventure of a lifetime.” A pre-cruise party will be celebrated at Miami’s Little Havana Cubaocho Cultural & Arts Center on Saturday, Oct. 29. Ports of call include Havana, Cienfuegos, Santiago de Cuba. The music of Cuba – instruments, performance and dance – comprises unique traditions influenced primarily by West African and European (especially Spanish) music. Due to the syncretic nature of its genres, Cuban music is considered one of the richest and most influential regional musics of the world since the 19th century.
Staterooms range from $4,398 to $6,998 per couple; (321) 632-5610;

JAZZDAGEN TOURS FLAVORS OF NEW ORLEANS. (Departs New Orleans, La.) – Nov. 22-Dec. 6.
The Lena Prima Band will perform daily during the first part of the 14-day Caribbean cruise on the Crystal Serenity from New Orleans to Puerto Rico, while Banu Gibson and the Pieter Meijers Quartet will take over from Puerto Rico back to New Orleans. Singer-pianist Yve Evans will perform every day, and other performers will be Tom Hook with Wendell Brunious & The New Orleans All-Stars, Danny Coots, Tom Fischer, Randy Reinhart, Ed Wise and David Boeddinghaus. Prices begin at $4,925 per person, double-occupancy; (800) 433-0078; [email protected];

JAZZFEST AT SEA. (Departs Miami, Fla.) – Dec. 6-16.
The MSC Divina will sail to from Florida to exotic ports such as Aruba, Curaçao, Cartegena and Colombia. Performances are staged in an intimate club atmosphere, limited to 250 guests. Performers include guest composer and soprano saxist John Altman, Harry Allen, Banu Gibson, Allan Vaché, Duke Heitger, Paul Keller, Danny Coots, Russ Phillips, Charlie Silva, Bob Leary, Anne and Jeff Barnhart, Kevin Dorn, Terry Blaine, Davey Jones, Stephanie Trick, Paolo Alderigjhi and others. The cruise also offers passengers the opportunity to participate in informal jam sessions.
Staterooms and suites range in price from $1,399 to $2,999;; (800) 654-8090.

JAZZDAGEN TOURS MEXICAN RIVIERA. (Departs San Diego, Calif.) – Dec. 31, 2016-Jan. 7, 2017.
Celebrate New Year’s with an eight-day round-trip on Holland America’s MS Westerdam making visits to Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta. Three bands will rotate: Wally’s Warehouse Waifs with Theresa Scarvarda, Tom Rigney & Flambeau and the High Sierra Band. Jam sessions will be hosted by Cheryl Thurston and Gary Church.
Prices begin at $1,249 per person, double-occupancy; pre-cruise package available; (800) 433-0078;

THE JAZZ CRUISE ’17 (Departs Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) – Jan. 28-Feb. 4, 2017.
Set to sail next Jan. 28-Feb. 4, the m/s Eurodam departs from Fort Lauderdale to Key West, Costas Maya to Belize City to Cozumel, and passengers will hear music by a superband featuring Randy Brecker, Mike Stern, Bill Evans, Tom Kennedy and Dennis Chambers. Other entertainers will include Eliane Elias, Jimmy Cobb, Eddie Daniels, Take 6, Grégoire Maret, René Marie, Clint Holmes, Bria Skonberg, the Clayton Brothers Quintet, Benny Green Trio, Lewis Nash and Paquito D’Rivera. The Jazz Cruise ’17 will also feature music director Shelly Berg, big band director John Fedchock, hosts Wycliffe Gordon, Marcus Miller, Ken Peplowski, John Pizzarelli, Jeff Hamilton, Houston Person and Freddy Cole.
Rates range from $1,900 to $3,250; per-person deposit_is $600 for suites, $500 for verandah staterooms and $400 for interior and oceanview staterooms;; (888) 852-9987; [email protected]

THE WORLD’S HIPPEST JAZZ CLUB CRUISE. (Departs Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) Feb. 4-11, 2017.
Get funky aboard the M/S Celebrity Summit making stops in Nassau, Bahamas, San Juan, P.R., Samana, D.R. and Labadee, Haiti, on this week-long trip hosted by Entertainment Cruise Productions of St. Louis, Mo. Entertainers include Gregory Porter, Dianne Reeves, David Sanborn, Terence Blanchard, Joshua Redman, Wycliffe Gordon, Pat Metheny, Grace Kelly, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz All-Stars and others.
Stateroom prices range from $2,300 to $8,500;; (844) 768-5157.

JAZZDAGEN TOURS AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND. (Departs Sydney, Australia.) –March 14-26, 2017.
The MS Noordam of Holland America sets sail from Eastern Australia for a 14-day cruise with stops at Hobart and Port Arthur in Tasmania and Milford Sound, Fjordland, Port Chalmers, Akaroa, Wellington Napier, Tauranga and Auckland in New Zealand. Two hot bands – Cornet Chop Suey and the Pieter Meijers Quartet – will feature Ms. Brady McKay with Randy Morris and Australians James Clark, Jo Stevenson and Ian Smith.
Prices begin at $1,849 per person, double-occupancy; pre- and post-cruise packages available; (800) 433-0078;

JAZZDAGEN TOURS JAZZ ALIVE 2017. (Departs Los Angeles, Calif.) – June 9-19, 2017.
The Crystal Serenity sails from L.A. to Vancouver, on this 10-day cruise co-hosted by Arbors Records. Stops are planned at Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Astoria, Seattle and Victoria. Performers include Antti Sarpila, Warren Vaché, Harry Allen, Butch Miles, Jacob Fischer, Ulf Johansson, Eddie Metz, Danny Coots, Bill Allred, John Allred, Rebecca Kilgore, Jason Wanner, Kristin Korb, Richard Simon, Pieter Meijers and the Titan Hot Seven.
Prices begin at $2,880 per person, double-occupancy; (800) 433-0078;

ALASKA SAWYER GLACIER JAZZ CRUISE. (Departs Seattle, Wash.) – June 16-23, 2017.
MG Travel hosts a seven-day round-trip cruise aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas, ports of call include at Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, B.C. before_returning to Seattle._Live music will be performed onboard by the Black Swan Classic JB from Portland, Ore., vocalist Yves Evans and saxman Don Rice from the Desert and trombonist Paul Ingle from Australia.
Prices start at $887 plus taxes, gratuities and insurance; pricing is per person and based on double occupancy._ After disembarking passengers will have the opportunity to attend America’s Classic Jazz Festival hosted by the Greater Olympia Dixieland Jazz Society in Lacey, Wash.; ; (760) 754-7081; [email protected]


TEAGARDEN JAZZ CAMPS. (Pollock Pines, Calif.) – Aug. 1-7.
The camps are hosted by the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society at Sly Park in Pollock Pines. The address is 5600 Sly Park Road, Pollock Pines, youth camp, ages 12-18, Aug. 1-7. Faculty features camp director and multi-instrumentalist Bill Dendle, singer Shelly Burns, trumpeter Rusty Stiers, guitarist Howard Alden, drummer Eddie Metz Jr., reed players Terry Myers and Anita Thomas and others. Tuition costs $900/adults, $650/youth, and includes three meals per day in the school cafeteria (vegan options available), on-campus housing and all study materials and access to all classes;; (916) 228-2485.

JAZZ CAMP FOR GROWNUPS. (Warwick, R.I.) – Aug. 7-12.
“It’s not just the music,” says Jazz Camp Program Director Byron Siegal. “It’s not just the beautiful setting. This is an opportunity [for our students] to live the dream they might have had about playing in a band every day, jamming every day, it’s the way they can, for at least five days maybe, have the life that they wanted but they don’t have now.” This year’s faculty at Warwick’s Crowne Plaza Hotel includes trombonists Steve Davis and Michael Treni, trumpeters Vinnie Cutro and Charlie Sarling, pianist Doug Johnson, guitarist Ben Sher and others. Tuition costs $1,799;; (800) 951-6056; [email protected]

SAN DIEGO ADULT TRADITIONAL JAZZ CAMP. (San Diego, Calif.) – Jan. 12-15, 2017.
Staged at the elegant Lafayette Hotel, the camp is headed by cornetist/trumpeter Clint Baker and the faculty includes trombonist Howard Miyata, reedman Dan Levinson, banjoist/guitarist Katie Cavera, bassist Marty Eggers, drummer Steve Apple and pianist John Royen. The Lafayette Hotel San Diego is located at 2223 El Cajon Blvd., in the North Park neighborhood near Balboa Park overlooking Mission Valley;
Tuition costs $425, but students who lodge at the Lafayette Hotel receive a $50 discount;; (619) 297-5277

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