2014 Festival Band Lineup
The 2015 Festival Line-up will be posted soon.
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JIM BUCHMANN (Portland, OR)
We are very pleased to have as Guest Star "Gentleman Jim" Buchmann at the 2014 SDjazzfest. Jim has performed with many well-known Trad bands like the Climax Jazz Band, Titan Hot Seven, the Original Black Dogs, Grand Dominion Jazz Band, Big Mama Sue's Follies and more. His inspirations include Sidney Bechet and Omer Simeon, but Jim's style is all his own. For two decades, Jim played with the Walt Disney World Band organization in Orlando, FL where he performed with six different musical ensembles. In total, he's recorded more than 40 LPs, cassettes and CDs. He is in great demand as a guest artist and sideman at festivals across the U.S.
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.
DAVE BENNETT QUARTET (Waterford, MI)
Virtuoso clarinetist Dave Bennett is also an accomplished pianist, guitarist and drummer! His Quartet concentrates on music associated with great clarinetists including Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw and Pete Fountain.
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.
ELLIS ISLAND BOYS (Santa Ana, CA)
This Power-packed quintet plays hot jazz and swing made famous by the Washboard Rhythm Kings in the 1930s.
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 PALMER and 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.
COREY'S ROLLING FIGS (Pasadena, CA)
Leader Corey Gemme describes his band's style as "Gathering no mold" -- a reference to the term "Moldy Figs" that modern jazz musicians and fans once used to describe those who played and listened to traditional jazz. The nine-piece Rolling Figs play all original material, written by Corey.
JOSH DUFFEE'S GRAYSTONE MONARCHS (Davenport, IA)
The Monarchs are a 10-piece orchestra, playing the hottest arrangements of the 1920s and '30s. Together with the Red Skunks, this world-class ensemble will provide the music for the SDJF Swing Extravaganza at Festival # 35.
THE FAT BABIES (Chicago)
With regular appearances at the Green Mill and the Honky Tonk BBQ in Chicago; two critically-acclaimed CDs and a string of Midwestern festival appearances, these young musicians are opening the eyes and ears of Hot Jazz fans everywhere with their interpretations of the music of Bix Beiderbecke, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton and others.
CONNIE JONES, TIM LAUGHLIN AND THE NEW ORLEANS ALL-STARS (New Orleans)
Connie, Tim and their musical colleagues (Doug Finke, Chris Dawson, Katie Cavera, Marty Eggers, Hal Smith) play swinging music reminiscent of groups like Bob Crosby's Bob Cats, Pete Kelly's Big Seven and Ben Pollack's Pick-A-Rib Boys. When they are not touring Connie and Tim keep the best Crescent City traditions alive in their hometown.
RAY SKJELBRED (Seattle, WA) Ray studied with West Coast piano greats Burt Bales and Johnny Wittwer and has played with Turk Murphy’s Jazz Band, the Great Excelsior Jazz Band and many others. He was acquainted with legendary pianists Earl Hines, Joe Sullivan, Jess Stacy and Art Hodes and blends those influences into a unique Chicago style that is evocative of his native Chicago.
SOUTH MARKET STREET JAZZ BAND REUNION (San Diego)
Organized in 1963, the South Market Streeters were one of the top local bands. Among their many engagements were an appearance at "Dixieland at Disneyland" in 1967 and a USO-sponsored tour of Vietnam. With one exception (tubaist Westy Westenhoefer), all the musicians appearing in the SMSJB Reunion Band are original members: Bill Dendle, Jerry Fenwick, Dale Saare, Larry Okmin, Jim Hession and Tad Wolicki!
JAZZ SOUFFLE (Los Angles)
Doug Mattocks and Larry Wright are Jazz Souffle, a tasty guitar and piano team of musical chefs. They play a variety of 20th Century tunes, many familiar, some surprising, but all true to the hot jazz and swing style of the 1930s. They are very pleased to be joined for the Festival by Marty Eggers on string bass. Together, they are Jazz Souffle, not to be missed by first time audiences!
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.
VIRGINIA TICHENOR (Oakland, CA)
Virginia, the daughter of the late Ragtime scholar/composer/performer Trebor J. Tichenor, has been around Ragtime music literally all of her life, and has become one of the most respected performers in the style.
UPTOWN RHYTHM MAKERS (San Diego)
The Rhythm Makers are a fairly recent addition to the San Diego Jazz Scene, but they have a loyal following -- largely due to their regular appearances at the Claire De Lune Coffee Lounge in North Park.
San Fernando Valley Banjo Band (Northridge, CA)
This banjocentric group plays Dixieland, popular music of the Roaring '20s and sing-a-longs featuring lots of banjos!
San Diego Banjo Band (San Diego)
Like their colleagues from the San Fernando Valley, San Diego's band of banjoists plays a variety of material --as long as it sounds good on four strings and a fretboard!
Paragon Quartet (Coronado)
Early risers at the San Diego Jazz Fest will enjoy the Traditional sounds of this fine foursome, as they serenade by the Lion Fountain Court and Trellises Courtyard.
South Bay Jazz Ramblers (San Diego)
The Ramblers have their reguflar gig the first Monday of each month at Fuddruckers. They have performed at previous San Diego Jazz Festivals and at the AFCDJS Monthly Concert-Dances.
LIVE MUSIC SCHEDULE Wednesday, 7-11 PM (2 bands), Thursday, 7-11 PM (5 bands),
Friday 10 AM-11 PM, Saturday 9 AM-11 PM, Sunday 8 AM-5 PM BANDS/TIMES & STAGES