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7 stars
The weather was sunny but it didn't matter because the venue is indoors.. I wore jeans, long sleeves, and ankle boots. I should've just worn flats and dressed a little less bum-ish, like a nice blouse or something..
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attended Dec 01 2013

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

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attended Nov 30 2013

One of the highlights of the early holiday season, the SD Jazz Fest continues to grow across the years and generations with more amazing bands and artists across the tradition jazz spectrum each year! The Saturday Swing Dance Spectacular was a...continued

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30 reviews
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attended Dec 01 2013

Gets better and better each year.

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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. 

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.