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America’s Finest City Dixieland Jazz Society (AFCDJS) presents the 26th Annual San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival Nov. 23-27 at the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center. The Festival features 20 bands from across the U.S. and two international bands, playing music for dancing and listening in seven nonsmoking venues.

The 2005 Festival bands include: Steamboat Stompers (Czech Republic); Cornet Chop Suey (St. Louis); Bill Allred’s Classic Jazz Band (Orlando); Yerba Buena Stompers (New York City); Buck Creek Jazz Band (Springfield, VA); Mighty Aphrodite Jazz Band (Vancouver, B.C.); and the Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band (Seattle). The festival also features several California bands: Night Blooming Jazzmen (Claremont); Reynolds Brothers Rhythm Rascals (Santa Ana); Hal’s Angels (La Jolla); Titanic Jazz Band (Burbank); Golden Eagle Jazz Band (Pasadena); Gremoli (Long Beach); High Society Jazz Band (La Jolla); pianist Carl Sonny Leyland (New Cuyama); and the Chicago Six (Vista). In addition, several community bands from the San Diego area will perform. These groups are comprised of musicians who have attended the AFCDJS Adult Jazz Camp and monthly Dixieland workshops.

Special events include a “Pianorama,” featuring solo performances by Festival pianists; swing dance exhibitions by Southern California dance groups; gospel music; and “JazzSea Jam”— organized jam sessions led by cornetist Dick Williams.

The festival is funded in part by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

About the Ticket Supplier: America's Finest City Dixieland Jazz Society

Since 1979, America's Finest City Dixieland Jazz Society (AFCDJS) has promoted Traditional Jazz, Dixieland and Swing throughout the San Diego area. Their goal is not only to provide quality entertainment for the community but to support artists and encourage new talents through a variety of concerts and workshops. At the heart of their organization is the annual 5-day Dixieland Jazz Festival held Thanksgiving weekend.