The Festival Roundup January 2021

Events that have officially cancelled or switched to a live stream format are included below. Do not interpret an event not being on this list as a cancellation, it means only that they have yet to announce any information about the upcoming year. Certain events may happen later than normal in 2021.

CAL BAL LIVE (Live Stream Swing Dance Event) Jan. 15–18th, 2021

CalBal Live features a livestream show, broadcast for 12+ hours over three nights featuring new music, live and recorded acts, variety, contests, and other amazing entertainment. The CalBal livestream show is free to watch for anyone (even if they have not registered for the event) but also benefits Pacific Swing Dance Foundation.

The livestream show will air first at 5 pm to 9pm Pacific Time. It will be rebroadcast twice each day (times TBD) to allow participants in time zones around the world to enjoy the show.

Explore Upbeat Records

Video concerts have been solicited from Grand Slam Sextet, Grand St. Stompers, Jen Hodge All-Stars, Keenan Mckenzie and his Riffers, Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders, and the Mint Julep Jazz Band. Jonathon Stout and his Campus Five with Hillary Alexander will perform live on Saturday.

Dancers can register to participate in a number of classes. CalBal Live features seven topic tracks without levels so swing dance enthusiasts everywhere can enjoy topics that interest them. Participants and auditors will get access to 6 hours of classes in their chosen topic track, 4 hours of classes from any other topic track, and 6+ hours of elective classes. Classes will be accessible via Zoom* and Livestream. Participants will have full access to the Zoom meeting so they can interact via audio, video, and chat with their instructors and peers. Zoom classes will be limited to groups of 40 participants. Each group will be assigned a dedicated group leader to help with technical support and group activities. Each group will have its own dedicated Zoom meeting. There is a more affordable “auditor” level where you can watch classes but not interact.

Prices range from free to watch to $120 for class participants. Full scholarships are available. More info on their website:

UpBeat Records

EAGLES AND IVORIES (Live Stream) Jan. 30th

Performers: GROOVUS (Brian Holland, Danny Coots, Steve Pikal); Chase Garrett; Ivory&Gold®; Holland/Coots duo; Jeff Barnhart. Time: 7 pm CST. Show will run approx. 2 hours. Donations will be split by the performers.

Eagles&Ivories will go virtual in 2021 with a two hour festival on Saturday, January 30 at 7 pm CST featuring the greatest American music from Ragtime and Blues to Jazz and Boogie and many surprises! Performers include the celebrated musical duo of Brian Holland and Danny Coots, who will also be joined by bassist Steve Pikal in their trio GROOVUS. Boogie/Blues phenom, pianist Chase Garrett, will be making a welcome return, as will festival stalwarts Anne and Jeff Barnhart as Ivory&Gold®. Jeff will also be providing some solo piano tunes. This fast-paced event will accept donations and “tips,” all of which will be shared among the performers. Attendees will be able to access the party live on Facebook and YouTube. visit


Following the guidelines of our governor, and for the sake of the health of our attendees and musicians, we are postponing our 41st North Carolina Jazz Festival from February 2021 to the first weekend in February,2022. We have our musicians for 2021 under contract and they have all agreed to the new dates.

For more information visit, e-mail [email protected], or call 910-793-1111.


The joy of New Orleans-style jazz is at the heart of this scholastic combo festival, which is dedicated to fostering a better appreciation of this classic American art form. Each year, scores of young musicians gather at the annual Teagarden Jazz Festival (formerly named Traditional Jazz Youth Band Festival) for experiences that take their musical skills to the next level.


Keep your fingers crossed, we may have our Festival in July instead of February this year. Keep checking in at for any new details.

San Diego


We have had to make the difficult decision to reschedule the 2021 San Diego Jazz Party to February 25-27, 2022. Unfortunately, under the current Covid 19 guidelines set up by the State of California, and the operating guidelines for the Del Mar Hilton, we are unable to hold the Jazz Party in February of 2021.

We look forward to continuing the tradition of the San Diego Jazz party in 2022 and beyond. Please check the website regularly for more updates.


Since the 1960s, the University of Idaho Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival has been honoring the music, dance and history of jazz music and one of its most cherished artists Lionel Hampton.

By providing a virtual experience for students, artists and educators across the globe, the 2021 Festival will continue to honor these traditions while breaking new ground. Music enthusiasts will have the opportunity to attend artist and educational workshops, perform and receive feedback from world-class artist educators, and view phenomenal concerts featuring live performances of present jazz stars and archival footage of past greats including Hamp himself. You won’t want to miss this incredible event!

TRIBUTE TO BIX FEST (Racine, WI) – Mar. 11-14

Please visit our website,, and the information for the March, 2020 event.  Everything is the same for 2020 except the dates are March 11-14, 2020. We’ll have the same bands, etc. and prices.  However, I can’t be sure the event can take place until this pandemic is over before too long. Governors, hotels and everyone else are shutting things down.  Keep checking the Syncopated Times or call 847-996-0246 and we’ll talk.  Many thanks.  Happy trails! —Phil P.


The Board of Directors of Dixieland Monterey, after much consideration, has voted to cancel Jazz Bash by the Bay 2021.  So, with that said, please put March 4-6, 2022 on your calendar for the best Jazz Bash by the Bay ever. We plan to invite the bands and musicians who had verbally committed to 2021 plus many more. More information will be on our website as plans develop. Stay safe! We care about each and every one of you. Keep posted at

FRENCH QUARTER FESTIVAL (New Orleans) April 8-11, 2021

A free festival with several stages around the French Quarter and dozens of bands, many of which play traditional jazz. No bands have yet been advertised.

ZEHNDER’S RAGTIME FESTIVAL (Frankenmuth, MI ) April 21-24, 2021

Zehnder’s Annual Ragtime Festival Zehnder’s has been host to ragtime performers from around the United States and Canada for over 25 years. Come and enjoy ragtime music performed by our featured pianist, Bob Milne and other world renowned musicians.

Ticket prices for individual events range from $16 to $60. Reservations are required for lunch, brunch, and all dinner concerts. For more info or reservations call (844) 288-1484; or visit

JAZZ FEST AT SEA (Caribbean) October 3rd-10th 2021

If you’re a fan of Traditional Jazz, Classic Jazz, Chicago Jazz, Swing, in fact just about any style which emerged during the first half of the 20th century, plan to attend JazzFest at Sea – one of the premier jazz cruises of the year. We will be departing from Port Canaveral, Florida for an amazing jazz cruise to the Bahamas and Western Caribbean on the MSC Divina for 7-nights. Not only will you have your choice of amazing evening performances on our jazz cruise, but you are also invited to the afternoon sessions as well. All presented in an intimate jazz club atmosphere limited to 250 guests!

With pricing starting at only $999 per person including taxes and fees, this makes the perfect vacation getaway for all jazz lovers. Contact us today at 1-800-654-8090.

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

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