Invited Bands and Guest Artists to Appear in 2017
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HIGH SIERRA JAZZ BAND (Three Rivers, CA)
The High Sierra musicians have thrilled audiences around the world -- and still do -- with their brand of exciting, high-energy Traditional Jazz. Come early to their sets if you intend to sit and listen!
PAOLO ALDERIGHI (Milan, Italy)
Paolo has performed as a soloist and in bands at jazz parties and festivals around the globe. When he is not performing for spellbound audiences, he teaches Musical Culture at Bocconi University in Milan.
STEPHANIE TRICK (St. Louis)
The Harlem stride piano tradition is brought to vivid life whenever Stephanie Trick plays. Even when her hands are a blur she is in complete control, making it all look easy!
KATIE CAVERA (Los Angeles)
The “California Sunshine Girl” is an ace banjoist, guitarist, bassist and vocalist. Her trio will kick off Thursday night and then don't miss her sets throughout the weekend.
TITANIC JAZZ BAND (Big Bear Lake, CA)
Titanic’s inspiration is the Bay City music of Lu Watters, Turk Murphy, Clancy Hayes and Wally Rose. Their foot-stomping two-beat style is a magnet for dancers.
HIGH SOCIETY JAZZ BAND (San Diego, CA)
The High Society band has a wide-ranging repertoire, from Dixieland to swing to pop music. They are a Festival favorite, with special appeal to all types of dancers.
NIGHT BLOOMING JAZZMEN (Los Angeles)
As the band nears its fourth decade of existence, they continue to entertain enthusiastic crowds. It wouldn’t be a San Diego Jazz Fest without the Night Bloomers!
GRAND DOMINION JAZZ BAND (Camano Island, WA)
Many Trad Jazz aficionados consider the GDJB to be the “A-Team” of New Orleans Style. The band has drawn large and appreciative audiences since their beginning, in 1982.
SUE PALMERAND HER MOTEL SWING ORCHESTRA (San Diego)
San Diego’s Queen of Boogie Woogie presents a winning combination of blues and swing music. Sue and her excellent musicians are a hit at every festival! They will kick-off the "Swing Extravaganza," too.
THE MEMPHIS SPEED KINGS (Waterford, MI/San Diego)
Dave Bennett is featured on piano and vocals, backed by guitar, bass and drums -- performing Rockabilly classics by Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley and others. There are limited sets featuring the Memphis Speed Kings, so check the schedule. Be there or be square!!!
UPTOWN LOWDOWN JAZZ BAND (Seattle)
The venerable Uptown Lowdown band is a favorite of Trad Jazz fans everywhere. Since 1971, their "Seattle Style" has been performed at festivals, in concerts and on cruises just about anywhere you can put a pin on a map! The band has an impressive repertoire of Trad Jazz material, including compositions by Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet, Lu Watters, Turk Murphy and many others..
CHLOE FEORANZO (New Orleans)
Chloe always dazzles the audience whether playing tenor sax or clarinet. Her musical expertise and sharp stage presence will be heard in many different musical settings during the Festival weekend.
DAVE BENNETT QUARTET (Waterford, MI).
Clarinet virtuoso Dave Bennett has appeared across North America with his quartet, with symphony orchestras and as a guest with a variety of bands.
CARL SONNY LEYLAND (New Cuyama, CA)
Everyone loves Sonny’s barrelhouse piano and authentic blues vocals—including the committee that recently inducted him into the Boogie Woogie Hall of Fame.
BIG BUTTER JAZZ BAND (Los Angles)
Influenced just as much by the young bands on Frenchmen Street in New Orleans as the players of the past, The Big Butter Jazz Band has quickly become a favorite of the Los Angeles Swing Dance scene with their fresh, fun, and energetic take on traditional jazz. Don't miss them at the Swing Extravaganza.
EUPHORIA BRASS BAND (San Diego)
Organized by two New Orleans transplants, Euphoria plays the brass band music that originated in the Crescent City, with contemporary touches. The band has become one of the most popular musical groups in San Diego, for good reason!
THE WORLD’S FINEST APPLES (New Orleans)
The “apples” in this group are all under 30. The unusual instrumentation results in a unique sound when they play ‘20s and ‘30s Jazz. Bandmates Chloe Feoranzo and Molly Reeves have West Coast roots and tons of fans!
CROWN SYNCOPATORS (Berkeley, CA)
Frederick Hodges, an expert ragtime stylist, is accompanied by two fellow pianists — Marty Eggers and Virginia Tichenor — who are also accomplished on their “other instruments” (Marty on tuba and Virginia on drums).
KRIS TOKARSKI QUARTET with JONATHAN DOYLE (New Orleans)
Kris’ world-class piano playing and his swinging rhythm section wowed the audiences at their Festival debut. In 2017, Jonathan Doyle —a major figure in contemporary swing music and swing dancing — will be the group’s clarinetist.
YERBA BUENA STOMPERS (San Francisco)
The mighty sounds of Lu Watters and the Yerba Buena Jazz Band lives on in the YBS. Their uncompromising performances of San Francisco Jazz are always a delight to hear.
ORIGINAL CORNELL SYNCOPATORS (Ithica, NY)
JAZZ JAMMERS (San Diego)
The Jammers have performed at many venues in the San Diego area including concerts at Balboa Park and a long-running residency at Fuddruckers in La Mesa. The band is known for their great parasol struts.
UPTOWN RHYTHM MAKERS (San Diego)
This sextet is influenced by the sounds of New Orleans and Chicago Jazz of the ’20s and ‘30s. They perform at a variety of venues in the San Diego area and are well received in the swing dance community.
CHAMPAGNE DIXIE (San Diego)
Anyone who loves "real" trad needs to look no further than lead trumpet player, Phil Kirk - known for years as 'Professor Plum.' For the past seven years, Phil has lead Champagne Dixie when they play at the Welk's Resort in Escondido.
MAD HAT HUCKSTERS (San Diego)
The Mad Hat Hucksters are a local San Diego Band playing a mix of New Orleans Jazz and Swing. The group has been influenced by Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Benny Goodman, Clarence Williams, and other greats.
...and more to be announced!
LIVE MUSIC SCHEDULE Wednesday, 7-11 PM (2 bands), Thursday, 7-11 PM (5 bands),
Friday 10 AM-11 PM, Saturday 9 AM-12:30 AM, Sunday 9 AM-6 PM BANDS/TIMES & STAGES