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. The lack of announced bands below is because many events are justifiably hesitant to make contracts with artists until they are sure they will be able to happen, but all signs point to an AMAZING summer and fall. Correction: The April print edition gave the wrong dates for the Sun Valley Jazz Festival., the correct dates are October 13-17th.
ELKHART JAZZ FESTIVAL (Elkhart, IN) June 17-20
All indications are that the Elkhart Jazz Festival, which is largely an outdoor event, will be a go. Scheduled bands include David Hilliker Trio, Dave Bennett Quartet, Monty Alexander, Carol Albert, Teen Town, The Assunto Dukes, Martin Pizzarelli Trio, Rossano Sportiello Trio with Paul Keller and Eddie Metz, the Sofia Goodman Group, Lin Rountree, Kris Brownlee, Joan Collaso, Larry Hanks Trio, Assemblage Big Band, The Dean’s List, Generations Jazz Trio, and the Notre Dame Faculty Jazz Trio.
Visit elkhartjazzfestival.com; tickets: (574) 293-4469; festival info: (574) 218-6477.
CLINE WINE & DIXIELAND JAZZ FESTIVAL (Sonoma, CA) – August 29
This date is tentative but seems likely. Details to follow. This one day event has packed a punch in the past, scheduling as many long running West Coast traditional jazz bands as most three day festivals. Stages are in outdoor tents and a cavernous in door venue.
Call (707) 940-4025 or (800) 546-2070; visit www.clinecellars.com for reservations and winery information.
SOUNDS OF MARDI GRAS (Fresno, CA) – July 8-11
YES…IT REALLY IS HAPPENING. Fresno Dixieland Society will hold their annual Sounds of Mardi Gras Festival in a couple of weeks on July 8-11, 2021. The event will be held as usual at the DoubleTree by Hilton Fresno Convention Center. Linda is busy talking to bands and many of your favorites will be returning. The DoubleTree has health guidelines which we will follow for the safety of all attendees. Sponsorships are the mainstay of any festival but this year even more so. We hope you will support our festival with your attendance and if able, your generous contributions.
All the usual parades and events are being planned to include: Parasol Parade, Masquerade and Costume Parade, Putting on the Ritz Parade and Friday night Swing Dance and Saturday Night Mardi Gras Party. The themes for the Putting on the Ritz Parade is “Forties Hollywood Glamour” and the theme for the Friday Night Swing Dance is “High School Class Reunion.” Past Kings and Queens of Fresno Mardi Gras will be everywhere, recognized by their colorful sashes.
Come, Listen, Dance and meet up with your festival relatives that you have not seen since Feb 2019. Very soon, more information such as tickets, sponsorships and how to make festival rate reservations will be at www.fresnodixie.com. Hope to see you there. Laissez le bon temps rouler……Let the good times roll. Fresno Dixieland Society Board Keep checking in at www.fresnodixie.com for any new details.
EVERGREEN JAZZ FESTIVAL (Evergreen, CO) Cancelled
THE 2021 EVERGREEN JAZZ FESTIVAL HAS BEEN CANCELED. At its April meeting, the Evergreen Jazz Festival Board of Directors voted to cancel the 2021 festival. Said president Jeannie Mann, “The uncertainty of state and county Covid restrictions simply makes it impossible to commit to our usual intimate venues and up-close- and-personal format.”
She added that the board will be exploring the possibility of streaming a series of live performances featuring many of the great bands from previous Festivals… “all leading up to a very special 2022 event!” Check the festival website www.Evergreen Jazz.org for updates and to subscribe to the festival newsletter.
NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL (Newport, RI) July 30th-August 1st
Due to COVID-19 capacity restrictions, Newport Jazz will be doing things a little differently this year. We’ll be focusing on creating three intimate days of amazing Jazz performances and surprise collaborations at Fort Adams – July 30th to August 1st. Due to modified capacities, we will be releasing access to this summer’s events in phases. Be aware that we have not gone on sale with any tickets, so please do not purchase from any site posting them for sale. We will be communicating with our members in the coming weeks to share more details about how they can join us this summer and will be announcing ticketing options for non-members soon after that. Our goal is to keep our ecosystem going until we can gather our entire Jazz community next summer! www.newportjazz.org
50th Annual BIX BEIDERBECKE MEMORIAL JAZZ FESTIVAL (Davenport, IA) August 5-7
The 2021 Bix Fest will present what we hope you’ll agree is one of our best line-ups ever, so far we have Andy Schumm and the Chicago Cellar Boys, Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles, NOLA Jazz Band, Josh Duffee’s ALL-Star Graystone Monarchs Band, The Mortonia Sextet led by Hal Smith and Dave Bennett, for their 16th appearance the Cakewalkin’ Jazz Band, Miss Jubilee from St. Louis, the Southside Aces of Minneapolis, and the Bix Youth Band. Ticket information and hotel info will be available on our newly remodeled website later this spring.
23rd Annual HISTORIC SUTTER CREEK RAGTIME FESTIVAL (Sutter Creek, CA) August 13th-15th
Scheduled artists; Paul Orsi, Carl Sonny Leyland, Michael Chisholm, Frederick Hodges, Elliott Adams, Matt Tolentino, Brian Holland, Danny Coots, Paul Stewart, Stevens Price, Anthony Sarginson, John Remmers, Julia Riley, Patrick Aranda, and The Easy Winners.
The website has been updated with current info and the pricing will remain the same as last year. We will be headquartered at the Auditorium City Hall this year and will have a few other venues throughout the town as usual. I believe that this year will be perfect weather too!
HOT JAZZ JUBILEE (Postponed to 2022)
The Hot Jazz Jubilee Board of Directors met recently, and, after lengthy discussion and much weighing of pros and cons, the decision was reluctantly made to postpone the 2021 festival to 2022.
For those of you who have already booked a room at the DoubleTree or elsewhere, please contact the hotel to cancel. We will notify you when you can rebook for 2022. We will of course roll over all prepaid badges from 2020 and 2021 to next year. We will miss seeing you and sharing all the fun this year, but watch this space! As soon as conditions allow, we will be hosting some live music fundraising events. And watch out 2022! We will be back and so will all those wonderful Musicians and Bands, as promised! (Yes, they have already put us on their calendars!) So mark YOUR calendars for Labor Day weekend, September 2nd-5th, 2022! In the meantime, stay safe!! hotjazzjubilee.com
PENTASTIC JAZZ & MUSIC FESTIVAL (Penticton, BC, Canada) Cancelled
REDWOOD COAST MUSIC FESTIVAL (Eureka, CA) September 30th – October 3rd
The Redwood Coast Music Festival, which normally takes place in the spring, has been moved to the fall for this year. 4 days, 8 Stages, 40 Bands, and 100 Live Sets are planned. Scheduled artists: Curtis Salgado, Dale Watson & The Lone Stars, Duke Robillard, Jontavious Willis, Michael Doucét, Sugar Ray & The Bluetones, Joel Paterson Trio, Carl Sonny Leyland, Tom Rigney & Flambeau, Dave Stuckey & The Hot House Gang, Katie Cavera, Clint Baker’s Jazz Band, Marc Caparone’s Back O’ Town All Stars, Lizzie & The Triggermen, The Jazzologists, Gator Nation, Dawn Lambeth, Cornet Chop Suey, Dave Stuckey’s Hoot Owls, Paula Jones, James Mason, Hal Smith’s Swing Central, Gino & The Lone Gunmen, Brian Casserly, Kris Tokarski Quintet, Dan Barrett, Jonathan Doyle Swingtet, Josh Collazo, Twilight Drifters, Nate Ketner, Two Tone Steiny & The Cadillacs with Danny Sandoval, Jenni & David & The Sweet Soul Band, Dan Walton’s Jump Swing Imperials, The Delta Nationals, The Uptown Kings, Andy Schumm, Jacob Zimmerman, Silver Bell Jazz Band, The Yokels, Nice & Easy, Rooster McClintock, Buckin’ String Band, Freshwater 450, The Reunion Jazz Band, Canary & The Vamp, and Kingfoot.
FRENCH QUARTER FESTIVAL (New Orleans) Rescheduled September 30 – October 3
French Quarter Fest 2021 has been rescheduled from it’s normal April week. It will now be September 30 – October 3. The French Quarter Festival is a free event with several stages around the French Quarter and dozens of local bands, many of which play traditional jazz. No bands have yet been advertised but an idea of what to expect can be taken from the 2020 schedule on their website. frenchquarterfest.org
COLORADO SPRINGS JAZZ PARTY (Colorado Springs, CO) October 1st-3rd
The dates have been announced. Call 719-471-3124 for reservations. Mail check to P.O. Box 2257, Colorado Springs, CO 80901. csjazzparty.com
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. www.jazzfestatsea.com
NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL (New Orleans, LA) October 8-10th & 15-17th
Rescheduled from its normal time in the spring, the big event will bring people to the city during a very comfortable and exciting month. Jazz Fest is much more than what is happening at the Fairgrounds, the city comes alive with music for nine days. Bands to be announced. www.nojazzfest.com
SUN VALLEY JAZZ & MUSIC FESTIVAL (Sun Valley, ID) – Oct. 13-17
Partial 2021 Lineup – More Coming Soon: Blue Renditions, Blue Street Jazz Band, Boise Straight Ahead, Carl Sonny Leyland & Friends, Carolyn Martin Swing Band, Clint Baker’s Hot Jazz with Katie Cavera, Yve Evans & Company, Gator Nation, Brian Casserly, Shaymus Hanlin, Holland & Coots/GroovUS, Hot Jazz Collective, Kings of Swing, Midiri Brothers Septet, Pearl Django, Side Street Strutters w/ Meloney Collins, and Tom Rigney & Flambeau.
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.
ROSWELL JAZZ FESTIVAL (Roswell, NM) – Oct. 13th-17th
We’re already putting the wheels in motion for 2021 RJF events. Invited artists include; Allen Vache, Ehud Adsherie, Harry Allen, Dan Barrett, Roger Dickerson, Larry Fuller, Charles Gordan, Michael Francis, Eddie Metz Jr., Chuck Redd, Ricki Malachi, Houston Person, Richard Simon, Hillary Smith, Randy Sandke, Johnny Varro, and Rossano Sportiello.
JUBILEE BY THE SEA (Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande) – Oct. 21st-24th
The Basin Street Regulars, hosts of the Jubilee by the Sea, have been hosting wonderful monthly online events. Follow them on social media to learn about the fall festival as announcements are made.
ARIZONA CLASSIC JAZZ FESTIVAL (Chandler, AZ) – Nov. 4-7
The only major festival to go off as planned during the pandemic the ACJF will be back this fall.
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.
MIKE DURHAM’S INTERNATIONAL CLASSIC JAZZ PARTY (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK) – Nov. 5th-7th
Many amazing artists have been invited back for 2021. An impressive list of themed sets is already posted on their website.
SUNCOAST JAZZ FESTIVAL (Clearwater Beach, FL) – Nov. 19-21
Professor Cunningham & His Old School, Dave Bennett Quartet, Tom Rigney & Flambeau, Ed Metz Trio with Rossano Sportiello and Nicki Parrott, Brubeck Brothers Quartet, Bill Allred and The Suncoast Festival Allstars – Johnny Varro, Allan Vache, Davy Jones, Jay Mueller and Eddie Metz, Tom Rigney and Flambeau, Heather Thorn and Vivacity, La Lucha, Diego Figueirdo, Nate Najar, Daniela Soledade, Bakey and Betty, Betty Comora and Mike Evans, Amateur Jams with Dr. Jim Gover and His Naples Pals, Cat’s Meow, Swing Dance Lessons, and More To Be Announced!
For tickets and information, visit us online at suncoastjazzfestival.com; or write: PO Box 395, Largo, FL 33779; (727) 248-9441.
39th ANNUAL SAN DIEGO JAZZ FEST (San Diego, CA) – Nov. 24-28
No details yet but there will be a lot to be thankful for this November!
2022 Announced Dates
Jan. 13-23 Tucson (AZ) Jazz Festival
Feb. 3-5 North Carolina Jazz Festival (Wilmington, NC)
Feb. 25-27 San Diego Jazz Party (Del Mar, CA)
March 4-6 Jazz Bash by the Bay (Monterey, CA)
April 8-10 Three Rivers (CA) JazzAffair
June 1-4 Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival (Sedalia, MO)
Sept. 2-5 Hot Jazz Jubilee (Sacramento, CA)