Invited Bands and Guest Artists to Appear in 2018

  Click on the names of the bands or guest artists and see photos and learn more about our exceptional line-up.

ORIGINAL CORNELL SYNCOPATORS (Ithiaca, NY)
The OCS plays a variety of early Jazz styles, from the Original Dixieland Jazz Band to the Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra.  Coached by leader Colin Hancock, these college-age musicians are extremely knowledgeable about the all early forms of Hot Jazz.

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 she will be on bass with the Grand Dominion Jazz Band 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)
The band has been in existence longer than any of our Festival groups, but they always pack the room, and they entertain the crowds without fail.  We are always happy to see the "Bloomers" return to San Diego over the Thanksgiving weekend.

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 PALMER AND 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.

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.

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.

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.

MISSION BAY HIGH SCHOOL PRESERVATIONISTS (San Diego)
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.

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.

BLACK SWAN CLASSIC JAZZ BAND (Portland, OR)
Organized in 1989, the BSCJB plays Ragtime, Stomps, old time popular songs and Gospel numbers -- featuring their terrific vocalist Marilyn Keller.  They have entertained at all the "name" Festivals on the West Coast, and we are delighted to welcome them back to San Diego.

CASH IN HAND BAND (Winchester, CA)
Guitarist-vocalist Gino Meregillano (Gino and the Lone Gunmen; Memphis Speed Kings) is featured with a hand-picked group which will pay tribute to "The Man In Black" and his music.

CHICAGO CELLAR BOYS (Chicago)
The Cellar Boys specialize in Hot Jazz of the '20s and '30s: King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Jimmie Noone, Johnny Dodds, Jabbo Smith and many others.  The musicians are some of the finest Jazzmen in the Windy City.

CORNET CHOP SUEY (St. Louis)
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!

ON THE LEVEE BAND  (New Orleans)
Led by veteran drummer Hal Smith, this young group is inspired by the music of Kid Ory's Creole Jazz Band.  On The Levee focuses on Ory's swinging approach to Traditional Jazz: dynamics, shading and carefully-selected tempos.  This band will appeal to dancers as well as listeners.

DAWN LAMBETH TRIO (Paso Robles, CA)
Dawn is a classy vocalist in the best tradition of the chanteuses of the 1930s and '40s.  Her accompanists (trumpeter Marc Caparone and pianist Conal Fowlkes) play with imagination, inspiration and superb musical taste.

GINO & THE LONE GUNMEN (Winchester, CA) 
Gino's high-energy Rockabilly crew wows audiences from the Gaslamp Quarter to the Inland Empire, all the way to the Viva Las Vegas weekend in Las Vegas.  Their rockin' music has also been well-received at jazz festivals in Seaside, Fresno, Medford, Eureka and Coos Bay.

JAZZ JAMMERS  aka Dixie Express (La Mesa, CA)
The Jazz Jammers are one of the most popular bands in San Diego and have played weekly at Fuddruckers for over 17 years.  You are sure to enjoy their variety of tunes and parasol struts. 

HELIOTROPE RAGTIME ORCHESTRA (San Diego)
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.

UPTOWN RHYTHM MAKERS (San Diego)
Since 2003, URM have been San Diego’s most authentic New Orleans style traditional jazz band.  Since the nights at Claire de Lune, they've been a favorite of SD's swing dance community and in demand whereever  a New Orleans style jazz band helps create that “let the good times roll” atmosphere.  

CHAMPAGNE DIXIE (San Diego)
This trad group plays throughout the year at the Welk Resort in Escondido.  Lead by Phil Kirk (leader of the much-loved Professor Plum band in the 1980s), the band is sure to please jazz fans of Traditional Jazz.

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! 

SWING EXTRAVAGANZA 

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!

SWING DANCE INSTRUCTION and MYERS DANCE CLASSES 

SONNY & SUE FOUR HANDS PIANO
Boogie Woogie Hall of Famer Carl Sonny Leyland meets San Diego's Queen of Boogie Woogie -- Sue Palmer. With two grand pianos, 20 steady-rolling fingers and swinging accompaniment by bassist Marty Eggers and drummer Jeff Hamilton, this set is not to be missed!

 MICHAEL GAMBLE'S RHYTHM SERENADERS

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LIVE MUSIC SCHEDULE Wednesday, 7-11 PM (2 bands), Thursday, 7-11 PM (5 bands),
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