The Festival Roundup May 2018

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The flexible Julie McClarey will entertain and astonish at the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest in Oxford, MS. (photo by Jim Bowling; courtesy Decatur, IL, Herald & Review)


This is The Festival Roundup as printed in our May 2018 issue, the most recent roundup can be found HERE, our Interactive Event Calendar is located at the bottom of the same page. There you may add information about your own events.

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BAYOU BOOGALOO (Bayou St. John, New Orleans, LA) – May 18-20
Since 2006 along this colorful revel has been presented free of charge by the MotherShip Foundation at Bayou Saint John at Orleans Avenue and North Jefferson Davis Parkway, in the City that Care Forgot. Performers for 2018 will be announced this spring.
Admission is free; (504) 488-3865; thebayouboogaloo.com; info@MotherShipFoundation.org.

BUNNY BERIGAN JAZZ JUBILEE (Fox Lake, WI) – May 18-20
Roland “Bunny” Berigan was one of the most charismatic trumpeters of all time. Now his humble hometown of Fox Lake, Wisconsin, celebrates his short life with a three-day jubilee. In addition to more than 20 hours of jazz, swing and Dixieland favorites, the event includes presentations covering Berigan’s contributions to jazz and swing. The festival stages concerts throughout the quaint city of Fox Lake, located 55 miles north of Chicago, Illinois. Venues include the Fox Lake Community Center and the American Legion Hall. Performers for 2018 are the The Bob Schulz Mid-West All Stars, The St. Louis Stompers led by Steve Lilley, The Kaye Berigan 5 Tet, the Matt Miller Jazz Trio, a big band playing Bunny’s music, and special Guest Trumpet Player, and Duke Heitger from New Orleans. There will be a Dixieland Graveside Service at Bunny’s resting place at 10:30 am at Annunciation Cemetery, with a sermonette delivered by the Rev. Al Townsend, and two Sunday-morning church services by St. Louis Stompers at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beaver Dam.

Weekend passes cost $105 in advance, and daily tickets cost $30. For info, contact jubilee chairperson Julie Fleming at (920) 928-6094; via mail N10472 Chief Kuno Trail, Fox Lake, WI 53933; via email at julieflemming@yahoo.com; or visit bunnyberiganjazzjubilee.com.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP OLD-TIME PIANO PLAYING CONTEST (Oxford, MS) – May 24-27
Since its inception as a fundraiser for the Monticello Railway Museum in 1975, the World Championship Old-time Piano Playing Contest and Festival sought to educate the general public about Ragtime melodies and other popular music written prior to 1930. It recently relocated from Illinois to Mississippi and all competitions, workshops and concerts take place at Nutt Auditorium in the Music Building on the campus of the University of Mississippi in Oxford. Ole Miss is located in the north-central hills of Mississippi. Guest Artists and judges include Frederick Hodges, Julie McClarey, Mark Yacivone, Adam Swanson, and Bill Edwards.

On Thursday at 7 pm, the festival kicks off with the Tune-ups Party at the Powerhouse on University Ave. The ticket fee ($10) includes admission only—no food or drink included.

On Friday at 10 am, patrons may take a narrated double-decker bus tour & tour of the UM Blues Archive. At noon Adam Swanson will perform during Luncheon at the Chancellor’s House on the historic Oxford Square (admission $20). (Patrons may purchase the Bus Tour & Luncheon together for $35.) Also on Friday are a workshop with Perfessor Bill Edwards, a Junior Contestant Workshop with Julie McClarey, a New Rag Contest in the Nutt Auditorium, and Duet Contest at Chancellor’s House followed by Ragfest.

On Saturday, the Junior Division Contest will take place at 9 am, and at 11:30 am, there will be a Silent Movie Box Lunch with accompaniment by Frederick Hodges. Regular Division Preliminaries & Senior Division Contests will follow. Dinner with the Guest Artists at the Chancellor’s House on the Square followed by the Old-Time Sing-along & Afterglow Party.

At Sunday at 9 am, a workshop with Frederick Hodges will discuss “The Ragtime Song: From Dixie to Broadway.” After an 11 am worship service at Oxford University Methodist Church with Julie McClarey, Bill Edwards, and Adam Swanson, the contest concludes with semi-finals and finals. The weekend closes with the Red, White & Blue Bash at the Chancellor’s House on the Square (Admission $10, free admission for veterans).

All-events badges cost $175 by May 15 (or $205 after 5/15); day passes $30; single event tickets available at the door, (half price admission for ages 12 and under). For contest info, write oldtimepianocontest@olemiss.edu or call (662) 915-1282; visit online at oldtimepianocontest.com.

JACKSONVILLE JAZZ FESTIVAL (Jacksonville, FL) – May 24-27
Three stages of live jazz, local food, drinks, shopping and entertainment will fill downtown Jacksonville along the banks of the St. John’s River, on Memorial Day Weekend. Since its inception in 1981, the Jazz Fest has become one of the largest festivals in the country with a vibrant street-festival atmosphere, and in 2018 you can experience it on an even larger scale throughout 15 blocks of downtown. The 37th annual festival showcases a wide variety of artists and musical styles, with performers to be announced.
Admission is free, but VIP packages are available (please see website for availability); jacksonvillejazzfest.com/; (904) 630-3690.

SCOTT JOPLIN RAGTIME FESTIVAL (Sedalia, MO) – May 30-June 2
More than 6,000 people attend the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival each June, turning downtown Sedalia into a turn-of-the-20th century party. This year’s festival, is replete with symposia, special events, and concerts with a focus on all things ragtime.

This year’s featured presenters and musicians are Evan Arntzen, Jeff Barnhart, Dan Morgenstern, Marc Caparone, Danny Coots, Neville Dickie, Richard Dowling, Bill Edwards, Marty Eggers, Frederick Hodges, Brian Holland, Scott Kirby, Carl Sonny Leyland, Dr. Dave Majchrzak, William McNally, Steve Pikal, David Reffkin, Dalton Ridenhour, Daniel Souvigny, Martin Spitznagel, Virginia Tichenor, Matt Tolentino, Sébastien Troendlé, Yuko Eguchi Wright, and Bryan S. Wright.

Individual concert ticket prices range from $25 to $35; the Cakewalk Dance on June 1st costs $15; symposia tickets cost $15 each; (660) 826-2271; scottjoplin.org.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band will journey to Elkhart to perform at the annual Jazz Festival—and presumably to pick up a spare Sousaphone or two. (photo by Shannon Brinkman; courtesy npr.org)

ELKHART JAZZ FESTIVAL (Elkhart, IN) – June 22-24
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 2018 festival are Lee Ritenour, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and Shades of Blue. Featured performers and bands include Tom Rigney and Flambeau, Faux Frenchmen, Dave Bennett Quartet, Bloodest Saxophone, Mike Smith Quartet, Ed Laub and Martin Pizzarelli Quartet, Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles, and many others.

Ticket pricing: $100 for Basic (headliners excluded), $200 for Premium (all events), $300 VIP pass, and $400 Top Brass; elkhartjazzfestival.com; (574) 293-4469.

CEDAR BASIN JAZZ FESTIVAL (Cedar Falls, IA) – June 22-24
As in years past, the Cedar Basin Festival will be staged at two venues. The Main Stage is at Sturgis Park, behind the Ice House Museum, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. For the third year in a row, a satellite venue at New Aldaya, located at 7511 University Ave., will host traditional jazz bands throughout the weekend. Performers include the St. Louis Stompers, Keri Johnsrud, Christopher’s Very Happy Band, The Saints Dixieland Band, Claim Jumpers, Bob Washut Trio, Alex Pershounin Trio, and the Josh Hakanson Trio.
For more information please visit cedarbasinjazz.org.

Evan Christopher will lead New Orleans @ 300, a celebration of the Tricentennial of the Crescent City, at the Saratoga Jazz Festival this year. (photo by John Herr)

SARATOGA JAZZ FESTIVAL (Saratoga Springs, NY) – June 23-24
For more than 40 years, the Saratoga Jazz Festival has presented some of the best jazz musicians in the world at its gorgeous performance space in the foothills of the Adirondacks. In addition to the music performed on both the main stage and at the gazebo, guests enjoy fine arts vendors, barbecue, children’s events, and a lawn party over the course of two days.

For the first time in the Festival’s 41-year history, performances will begin at 11 am on the newly built Charles R. Wood “Jazz Discovery” stage. Performances on the amphitheater stage will begin at 3 pm
Playing the ampitheater this year are Chris Botti, Herbie Hancock, Lean on Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers, Joey Alexander, Anat Cohen Tentet, Jon Batiste with The Dap-Kings, Gregory Porter, Mavis Staples, and TEN: Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding, Nicholas Payton. Performing on the Charles R. Wood “Jazz Discovery” stage are Lakecia Benjamin and SoulSquad, Alfredo Rodriguez & Pedrito Martinez Duo, Keyon Harrold, Jazzmeia Horn, New Orleans @ 300 featuring Evan Christopher, David Torkanowsky, & Shannon Powell, Christian Sands Trio, Scott Sharrard & The Brickyard Band, Deva Mahal, Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, The Jazz Passengers 30th Anniversary, Mark Whitfield, Ben Allison, Billy Drummond, and Sammy Miller & The Congregation.
Amphitheater seating prices range from $75 to $105 per day; lawn tickets $65 per day; Ticket info: general@spac.org; (518) 584-9330; www.spac.org/events/jazz-festival.

Festival favorite High Sierra will play at the Jazz & Dance Party in Olympia, WA.

A JAZZ & DANCE PARTY (Lacey/Olympia, WA) – June 29-July 1
Following the demise of the celebrated America’s Classic Jazz Festival in Lacey, Washington, Director Charlotte Dickison and Sun Valley impresarios Jeff and Carol Loehr have teamed up to fill the void with jazz and dancing. A Jazz & Dance Party will be held in Olympia on the traditional festival weekend (near Independence Day) at Harmony Hall, Washington Land Yacht Harbor, 9101 Steilacoom Rd. SE, Olympia, WA.

Harmony Hall boasts a 1200 square foot dance floor (30′ x 40′) with plenty of seating. Invited bands and musicians so far include: Black Swan with Marilyn Keller, High Sierra, Tom Hook & The Terrier Brothers, Uptown Lowdown, Toni Blodgett, Brian Casserly, Jay Hungerford, Dick Maley, Pieter Meijers, Jimmy Armstrong, and John Reynolds.
General Admission is $125 plus tax; Sponsor Reserved Seating with a $175 tax deduction is $300 plus tax. For tickets call (877) 478-5277 (Office Hours: Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. 10:00 am to 2:00 pm PDT); visit online at www.sunvalleyjazz.com.

RAGTIME TO RICHES FESTIVAL (Omaha, NE) – July 8
The First Central Congregational United Church of Christ, in Omaha, Nebraska, is the site for the 14th annual Ragtime to Riches Festival, Proceeds from this year’s festival will benefit the Great Plains Ragtime Society. Scheduled to appear at this year’s festival: Faye Ballard (Champaign, IL), seven-time Regular Division finalist—and now contest coordinator—at Illinois’-turned-Mississippi’s World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest and Festival; Diana Stein (Memphis, TN), two-time Regular Division contestant at the same event; Jim Boston (Omaha, NE), seven-time finalist at Iowa’s National Old-Time Country, Bluegrass, and Folk Music Festival and Contest.
All-event tickets cost $10; r2rfestival.webs.com/; (402) 556-3340.

CLINE WINE & DIXIELAND JAZZ FESTIVAL (Sonoma, CA) – July 14
This single-day event is staged from 11 a.m. to 6:15 p.m., at the beautifully landscaped Cline Cellars, an award-winning winery specializing in California Rhone-style wines and Zinfandels, at 24737 Arnold Drive (Hwy 121), in Sonoma, on California’s North Coast. Enjoy performances from a number of excellent jazz bands including: Beyond Salvation Jazz Band, Black Diamond Blue Five, Devil Mountain Jazz Band, Fog City Stompers, Gold Coast Jazz Band, Golden Gate Rhythm Machine, Jambalaya Big Swing Band, Jazzinators, Mission Gold Jazz Band, Natural Gas Jazz Band, and the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, with performances by solo pianists Frederick Hodges, Gary Neuman, Ray Skjelbred, and Virginia Tichenor on the front stage.

Admission: $45 advance (before July 12), $50 at the gate. (Wine club members receive a $5 discount.) Wine, beer, and food available. Call (707) 940-4025 or (800) 546-2070; visit www.clinecellars.com for reservations and winery information. For detailed festival information, visit www.jazznut.com; or telephone Ken Keeler, Festival Director at (925) 625-2707; email: kenkeeler@jazznut.com.

EVERGREEN JAZZ FESTIVAL (Evergreen, CO) – July 27-29
Located just 30 minutes southwest of Denver, the scenic mountain community of Evergreen provides an idyllic setting for the three-day event held during the last weekend in July. Five distinctive, intimate venues ranging from a church to a bar and grill give audiences a delightful variety of up-close-and-personal listening experiences. The lineup for 2018 includes: After Midnight, Carl Sonny Leyland Trio, Felonius Smith Trio, Gypsy Swing Revue, Holland-Coots Jazz Quintet, Ivory&Gold®, Joe Smith and The Spicy Pickles, Queen City Jazz Band with Wende Harston, Rock Island Roustabouts, and The Brain Cloud.

Discount Prices (through June 30): Festival Pass (All 3 Days): $100, Friday Session (All-Day): $55, Friday Evening (6 pm to 10 pm): $30, Saturday Pass (All Day): $85, Saturday Day or Evening Session (10 am – 4 pm, 4:15 pm – 10:15 pm): $65; Sunday Session: $55; To order by phone, call (303) 697-5467; To order by mail, send a check or money order to: Evergreen Jazz Festival, P.O. Box 3775, Evergreen, CO 80437; visit online at www.evergreenjazz.org.

BIX BEIDERBECKE MEMORIAL JAZZ FESTIVAL (Davenport, IA) Aug. 2-4
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 info@bixsociety.org.

SUTTER CREEK RAGTIME FESTIVAL (Sutter Creek, CA) – Aug. 10-12
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, Jack and Chris Bradshaw, Diego Bustamante, Amanda Castro, Michael Chisholm, Danny Coots, Kylan deGhetaldi, the Drivons, Marty Eggers, Frederick Hodges, Brian Holland, Vincent Johnson, Carl Sonny Leyland, Larisa Migachyov, Paul Orsi, Stevens Price, John Reed-Torres, John Remmers, Ray Skjelbred, 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 motherloderagtime@hotmail.com or write to Mother Lode Ragtime Society, 11310 Prospect Drive #10 pmb 12, Jackson CA 95642.

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.

22nd ANNUAL PENTASTIC HOT JAZZ FESTIVAL (Penticton, BC) Sept. 7-9
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.

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, 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 3:30 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; Rosie O’Grady’s Good Time Jazz Band w/ Bill Allred; 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 and Ulysses Jasz Band, 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: pismojazz@pismojazz.com.

ARIZONA CLASSIC JAZZ FESTIVAL (Chandler, AZ) – Nov. 1-4
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.

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.

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. The Saturday Night Swing-X bands will be named soon.

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: jazzinfo@SDjazzfest.org; Website: http://www.sdjazzfest.org/


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