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34th Annual San Diego Jazz Fest
35 ratings
4.7 average rating
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Carolyn Red Velvet
42 events
33 reviews
19 stars
attended Nov 28 2013

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.

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Mary Jennings
153 events
30 reviews
27 stars
attended Dec 01 2013

Gets better and better each year.

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15 events
13 reviews
0 stars
attended Dec 01 2013

Had a swinging time. Great for all ages! Wonderfully accomplished performers.

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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. 

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