Jazz Bash by the Bay  March 6-7-8, 2015

Portola Hotel & Spa, Monterey

35th Anniversary Dance Puttin' on the Ritz and We3 Concert March 5th

 

Michael Feinstein's Comments

 

Watch Michael Feinstein's take on Rebecca Kilgore & the festival.

 

Michael Feinstein spoke about Jazz Bash by the Bay when he was in Monterey for the 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival. He commented on vocalist Rebecca Kilgore’s considerable talent. She and her trio will appear at the 2015 Jazz Bash festival.

Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy and five-time GRAMMY Award-nominated entertainer dubbed "The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook," is considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. More than simply a performer, Feinstein has received national recognition for his commitment to celebrating America's popular song and preserving its legacy for the next generation. In 2007, he founded the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative, dedicated to celebrating the art form and preserving it through educational programs, Master Classes, and the annual High School Vocal Academy and Competition, which awards scholarships and prizes to students across the country.

 

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Great Vintage Jazz Events...

We3 Concert

March 5th, 2015

We3 Concert

A trio in the Benny Goodman style featuring clarinet, piano and drums. Bob Draga’s soaring melodies, inspired improvisations and rich tone are supported by the sensitive yet powerful piano work of Jeff Barnhart. Both are backed by Danny Coot’s endlessly intricate and inventive rhythms and artistry. In performance, We3 covers over 60 years of music, ranging from ragtime to stride, ballads to bounces, and a surprise or two thrown in! Experience the delightful work and simpatico of a trio featuring gifted, emotional players that are above and beyond, true friends. It's possible to attend this concert which will end about 8:30 and move one room over and finish out the evening at the Swing Fever Dance Party for just $20 more.

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Swing Dance Party

March 5th, 2015

Swing Dance Party

We’ll be Puttin’ on the Ritz — a dance party featuring the renowned Swing Fever, an eight-piece band with a big band sound from San Francisco, playing this classic music since 1978. Rhythmic, romantic, torrid and witty…this is Swing Fever’s music and their thousands of fans are crazy for it. Watch out, you may catch Swing Fever too. Dance your heart out to the wonderful, classic ‘30s, ‘40s and '50s music presented in its full emotional range with super-talented Denise Perrier as vocalist. We invite you to wear your vintage clothes.

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Jazz Bash by the Bay

March 6th, 2015

Jazz Bash by the Bay

A wall-to-wall weekend of traditional jazz and swing. The festival brings together the many colorful forms of early jazz: traditional, ragtime, swing, gypsy jazz, blues and zydeco. This year’s theme is Puttin’ on the Ritz as we focus on the music of the Jazz Age and the Great American Songbook. 19 bands, three youth bands and 14 guest artists will keep your toes tapping. Free swing dance lessons. Eight performance stages from beautiful ballrooms to theatre style to smaller venues, operate simultaneously. Early-Bird All-Event badge rate expires 12/31/14. Price increases to $105 beginning 1/1/15. Code for special Munras Avenue Motel Rate is JAZZPAK.

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Jazz Bash by the Bay Friday

March 6th, 2015

Jazz Bash by the Bay Friday

Friday kicks of the festival with 51 sets featuring big bands and smaller trios. You’ll hear hot jazz, swing, Gypsy jazz and more. Favorite bands such as Tom Rigney, Le Jazz Hot, Rebecca Kilgore Trio will be playing plus soloists Stephanie Trick, Banu Gibson and Brian Holland. Special features: a jam cab, double pianos, free swing dance lessons, eight dance floors and Tom Bopp from the Ahwahnee Lodge at Yosemite playing sing-a-long at the lobby bar.

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Patron's Party Package

March 6th, 2015

Patron's Party Package

Enjoy the festival as a VIP with a Patron Package at a special rate. This includes one Patron Badge and one ticket to the exclusive Patron’s party at the top of the Marriott Hotel with a panoramic view of Monterey Bay. You’ll get preferred seating at all sets and your name in the Official Program. We also offer a Family Patron Package which includes four All-Event Badges, two Paton Badges, two tickets to the Patron’s party, one program listing and preferred seating for the holders of the Patron Badges.

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Jazz Bash by the Bay Saturday

March 7th, 2015

Jazz Bash by the Bay Saturday

Saturday – jam packed with action: 19 bands, 14 guest artists, eight dance floors. "Dance your feet off" series with six different bands featuring the Royal Jazz Society Orchestra and Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums. Theme sets, breakout groups, three youth bands, pianorama, free swing dance lessons. All the musical styles of the ‘20s through the ‘40s – one of the most creative periods in American musical history, will be featured.

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Youth Events

March 7th, 2015

Youth Events

Lot's of activities to introduce kids to vintage jazz. A free early jazz clinic starting at 8:30. Free swing dance lessons late in the morning. Three high school bands will play throughout the day. Parents buy a badge, kids are free.

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Jazz Bash by the Bay Sunday

March 8th, 2015

Jazz Bash by the Bay Sunday

Wind down the weekend and lift your spirits for the coming week. All the great festival musicians play throughout the day starting off with a few gospel sets. Catch the free swing dance lessons at 11am and dance away the afternoon. Feeling less energetic? Sit back and listen to our fabulous vocalists Rebecca Kilgore and Banu Gibson.

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...In Beautiful Monterey

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