2016 Festival 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)
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)
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)
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 (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.
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.
TOM RIGNEY AND FLAMBEAU (San Francisco)
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!
BUCK CREEK JAZZ BAND (Washington DC)
Formed in 1977, this band has appeared at every major traditional festival in this country. It's made up of musicians who play in the style of Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver and other early New Orleans musicians.
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.
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.
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.
DAVE STUCKEY and the HOT HOUSE GANG (Los Angeles)
Western Swing/Rockabilly icon Dave Stuckey will bring a star-studded hot Jazz band to the San Diego Jazz Fest. They will be featured at the Saturday night Swing Extravaganza.
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 16 years. You are sure to enjoy their variety of tunes and parasol struts.
LAKESHORE SYNCOPATORS (Chicago)
The Syncopators' personnel includes some of the greatest present-day Classic Jazz masters. Their repertoire includes vintage Jazz standards as well as hot dance tunes of the '20s.
JOE SMITH and the SPICEY PICKLES (Denver)
This hard-driving swing combo is a favorite of Swing Dancers from coast to coast. The Pickles will perform alongside the Hot House Gang at the Festival's Swing Extravaganza.
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.
CHAMPAGNE DIXIE (San Diego)
This group trad group plays throughout the year at the Welk's Resort in Escondido. Lead by Phil Kirk (Proffessor Plumb), this group is sure to please the please jazz jfans.
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.
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.
KRIS TOKARSKI QUARTET (New Orleans)
Pianist Kris Tokarski is one of the busiest musicians in New Orleans. His keyboard style shows the influences of Jelly Roll Morton, James P. Johnson, Earl Hines and many other classic pianists. Kris' musical colleagues in the quartet include master guitarist Larry Scala; the superb bassist Nobu Ozaki; the San Diego Jazz Fest's Hal Smith on drums and special guest Chloe Feoranzo on reeds.
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!
MYERS DANCE CLASSES (Hemet, CA)
Review old steps, learn new steps, and meet other dancers at Hal and Georgia's classes.
SAN FERNANCO VALLEY BANJO BAND (Northridge, CA)
Enjoy the sounds of the All-American banjo, augmented by piano, bass, and vocals, playing good time music from our past.
PARAGON BAND QUARTET (San Diego, CA)
Paragon will welcome you to the festival with fun tunes on the Lion's Patio on Friday and Saturday as we kickk off the festival.
MAD HAT HUCKSTERS (San Diego)
This recently-organized combo plays New Orleans Jazz and Swing, and they have made a hit with the local Swing Dancers! The band’s wide-ranging influences include Sidney Bechet, Duke Ellington and Jonathan Stout’s Campus Five.
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.
SOUTH BAY JAZZ RAMBLERS with MARY BARTON (San Diego)
The long-established Ramblers may be heard regularly at Fuddruckers in La Mesa, with their fine vocalist — who is past the Century Mark and will soon celebrate her 105th Birthday!
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