2015 Festival Band Lineup
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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.
YERBA BUENA STOMPERS (San Francisco, CA)
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.
CORNET CHOP SUEY (St. Louis, MO)
Check the band lineup of any major festival and you will see this fabulous group listed. Their extensive and loyal following guarantees packed houses every time CCS performs!
STEPHANIE TRICK (St. Louis, MO)
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, CA)
The “California Sunshine Girl” is an ace banjoist, guitarist, bassist and vocalist. Listen for her with the Ellis Island Boys, Connie Jones, Tim Laughlin & the New Orleans All-Stars, plus small combos throughout the Festival 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.
EUPHORIA BRASS BAND (San Diego, CA)
A New Orleans style brass band with a mix of the traditional and the more modern sounds of both New Orleans and Southern California.
HIGH SOCIETY JAZZ BAND (La Jolla, 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.
THE SWEETHEARTS OF SWING (San Diego)
Janet Hammer, Shelley Smith, Kim Royster sing the music of the Andrews Sisters, accompanied by the High Society JB. The ladies perform classics such as "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and "Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree" with authentic costumes and hairstyles!
NIGHT BLOOMING JAZZMEN (Los Angeles, CA)
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.
MISSION BAY HIGH SCHOOL PRESERVATIONISTS (San Diego, CA)
Under the expert guidance of Director JP Balmat, the Mission Bay High Preservationists have high musical standards. They perform with panache and polish beyond their years.
SUE PALMERAND HER MOTEL SWING ORCHESTRA (San Diego, CA)
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!!!
RED SKUNK BAND (Los Gatos, CA)
This talented young group, led by Molly Chaffin Reeves, is on the “A” List for festival invitations. They play a scintillating blend of trad jazz and “Gypsy Swing.” Don't miss them when they participate in the Swing Extravaganza.
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.
DIXIE EXPRESS JAZZ BAND (Lakeside, CA)
Listeners and dancers alike enjoy Dixie Express’ interpretations of Trad Jazz and Swing classics. The band is also blessed with several excellent vocalists!
DICK WILLIAMS’ JAZZSEA JAM (Pleasanton, CA)
Cornetist Williams and his “house band” provide expert backup for Festival patrons who play instruments. “Bring your axe” and enjoy these expertly-organized jam sessions!
HAL & GEORGIA MYERS - DANCE CLASSES (Hemet, CA)
Review old steps, learn new steps, and meet other dancers at Hal and Georgia's classes.
HELIOTROPE RAGTIME ORCHESTRA (San Diego, CA)
The orchestra’s authentic ragtime sound is delightful. As dancers in vintage costumes perform a Turkey Trot to the HRO the audience is magically transported back in time.
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.
CHLOE FERORANZO (St. Louis, MO)
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.
BOB SCHULZ AND HIS FRISCO JAZZ BAND (San Anselmo, CA)
The Frisco ensemble plays a varied repertoire of Traditional Jazz, Dixieland and vintage pop songs — emphasizing tempos that appeal to dancers. www.bobschulzjazz.com
CAMPUS FIVE (Los Angeles)
Guitarist Jonathan Stout’s combo, with vocalist Hillary Alexander, is a favorite of swing dancers from coast to coast. Hear them at the Saturday night “Swing Dance Extravaganza!” www.campusfive.com
DAN LEVINSON (New York, NY)
Dan is in the forefront of the Traditional Jazz and early swing scene, working as bandleader, guest artist and sideman with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks — the ensemble heard on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.
DANNY COOTS (Nashville, TN)
This versatile, Grammy Award-winning percussionist maintains a busy schedule of festivals, jazz parties, concerts, cruises and recordings across the U.S. and around the World.
DAVE BENNETT TRIO
Clarinet master Bennett and his musical associates (pianist Paolo Alderighi and drummer Hal Smith) swing mightily in the tradition of the Benny Goodman Trio.
DAWN LAMBETH TRIO (Paso Robles, CA)
Every one of Dawn’s enchanting vocals is a treasure to be savored. Her musical colleagues (trumpeter Marc Caparone and pianist Ray Skjelbred) accompany her with exquisite taste.
Led by trombonist Doug Finke, with Bob Schulz, cornet; Scott Anthony, banjo/vocals; and Howard Miyata, tuba, the Cookies made their debut at the “Sounds of Mardi Gras” festival in Fresno, where they were an instant hit!
MOLLY RYAN (New York, NY)
Molly’s stylish vocals have won praise from respected critics such as Will Friedwald of the Wall Street Journal. She has sung at venues from Carnegie Hall to Le Petit Journal in Paris, plus jazz festivals and concerts across the U.S.
NICKI PARROTT (Brookfield, CT)
After hearing Nicki’s spot-on bass notes and her angelic voice, and experiencing her onstage presence, the audience will instantly realize why she is in-demand for jazz engagements both here and abroad. www.nickiparrott.com
101ST ARMY DIXIELAND BAND (Aurora, CO)
In addition to serving our nation, the Colorado National Guard performs their scintillating brand of Traditional Jazz for civilians as well as heads of state.
RAY SKJELBRED AND HIS CUBS (Seattle)
The Cubs play honest-to-goodness Chicago Style jazz, as conceived during the Roaring ‘20s and developed into an art form in the years leading up to WWII.
TOM RIGNEY AND FLAMBEAU (San Francisco, CA)
Playing a high-energy mix of Cajun, Zydeco and American Roots music, Tom Rigney and Flambeau are guaranteed to fill the largest halls with S.R.O. crowds. Their beat is infectious and the happiness they bring to their performance is irresistable!
ROSSANO SPORTIELLO (New York, NY)
Though he is best known as one of the greatest living stride pianists, Rossano has played a wide variety of keyboard styles, in venues from Rome to Roswell. He is also a World-Class band pianist and vocal accompanist.
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