34th Annual San Diego Jazz Fest: Swing, Traditional Jazz & More
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Called "the Coltranes of this genre" by Allmusic.com, Yale Strom's Hot Pstromi is one of the freshest, funkiest klezmer acts in America. But they'll get even fresher at the 13th Annual Klezmer Summit: My Yidishe Mambo, where they'll join forces with trumpet virtuoso Gilbert Castellanos and his Latin jazz band. Shtetl culture meets Salsa in a thrillingly diverse evening of up-tempo grooves and hauntingly beautiful Jewish music that pays homage to the influence mambo, cha-cha and rhumba had on klezmer from post-war America through the 1960s. Learn More
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This is our third year in a row.
We went Thursday night (Thanksgiving pm) this time. It's a really great evening, lots of fun, upbeat music and people dancing. But not as many performances, since it's only four hours.
We're thinking about going again this Saturday. The full days are better, as there are a lot more performers and we want to see our favorites. Our daughter will be visiting for the day, so we may take her for the afternoon and evening. I think she'll really enjoy herself.
Quotes & Highlights
Check out Goldstar members’ rave reviews of last year’s event.
Please see the event website for a detailed schedule, but among the weekend’s highlights:
- A Wednesday night opening night concert-dance, with San Diego’s own High Society and the Dave Bennett Quartet from Detroit, MI. (And, he played earlier this month at Carnegie Hall!)
-On Thursday, a great finale for Thanksgiving with 5 bands.
-A “Battle of the Bands” between Glenn Crytzer & his Savoy Seven and Stompy Jones, followed by a “Swing Dance Extravaganza” featuring both bands plus the 2toGroove/Swing FX Dancers.
-“Clarinet Summit” featuring Bob Draga and other clarinetists appearing at the Festival
-Guest appearances by vocalist Brady McKay.
-Solo piano performances by Stephanie Trick (St. Louis), Jason Wanner (San Diego), Paolo Alderighi (Milan Italy) , Boogie Woogie Hall of Fame inductee Carl Sonny Leyl (New Cuyama, CA) and others
-New Orleans style Second Line parades with music by the Euphoria Brass Band and Dixie Express
- Lessons for 1920s and 1930s dance by Hal and Georgia Meyers
-“Rent Party Jam Session” hosted by Katie Cavera and Ralf Reynolds
-“Swing Dance Through The Ages” by the Hang Ten Hoppers with Sue Palmer and her Motel Swing Orchestra
-Outstanding Jazz by the Yerba Buena Stompers, High Sierra Jazz Band, Buck Creek Jazz Band, Grand Dominion Jazz Band, Red Skunk Band, Reynolds Brothers, Original Wild Cat Jass Band, Bob Schulz’s Frisco Jazz Band, Titanic Jazz Band, Ray Skjelbred and his Cubs and the Red Pepper Jazz Band
-A “Pianorama” featuring solo performances by a dozen Festival pianists
-Banjo music by the San Diego Banjo Band and the San Fernando Valley Banjo Band.
-The Mission Bay High School Preservationists – young musicians playing exciting Traditional Jazz.
-Entertaining Jazz with big production numbers by Cornet Chop Suey.
-Vintage Ragtime and early jazz by San Diego’s Heliotrope Ragtime Orchestra.
-“JazzSea Jams” led by cornetist Dick Williams; an opportunity for musically-inclined festival patrons to jam with an organized band.