MARCH 6 - 8, 2015

At the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center

Welcome to the Monterey waterfront, where we’ve been presenting the best in early jazz, big band, swing, ragtime, blues, zydeco and gypsy jazz for over 30 years!

Jazz Bash Kickoff Dance

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

TWO EVENTS! You can do both!

We3 – 7 pm to 8:30 pm, Bonsai Room

SPECIAL ONE-NIGHT APPEARANCE!  Kick off the festival weekend Thursday night, March 6, 2014, with Jazz Bash’s hit trio We3, featuring favorites Bob Draga, Jeff Barnhart and Danny Coots. Don’t miss We3′s one and only festival appearance at Portola Hotel & Spa’s Bonsai Room. Admission is $25 per person. Seating is limited.

After an inspiring dose of We3, stroll next door to the De Anza Ballroom and dance the rest of the evening to the fabulous ClickTrax Jazz Orchestra (see below.) Just $10 per person for the dance with your We3 ticket. Dance tickets may be purchased at the door, or you may order online.

Jazz Bash Kickoff Dance – 7:30 pm to 11 pm, De Anza Ballroom

Jazz Bash’s popular Thursday night dance welcomes Monterey’s premier swing big band ClickTrax Jazz Orchestra. Enjoy dancing to this sixteen-piece band in the De Anza Ballroom at the Portola Hotel & Spa. Admission is $20 per person. Tickets may be purchased at the door or you may order online.

Please note Thursday night events are separate from festival badge purchases.

Saturday Dance Marathon

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

1:00 pm to 11:00 pm – De Anza Ballroom

Dance your feet off—all day and into the night—to six different bands with six different sounds!

1:00 pm – Royal Society Jazz Orchestra
2:30 pm – Royal Society Jazz Orchestra
4:00 pm – Tom Rigney & Flambeau
5:30 pm – Side Street Strutters w/Melony Collins: “Shiny Stockings”
7:00 pm – Bob Schultz’ Frisco Jazz Band: “Tribute to Bob Scobey”
8:30 pm – High Sierra w/Dawn Lambeth & Marc Caparone
10:00 pm – Cocuzzi, Metz & Durham

Special Concert with Pacific Brass

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

Saturday – 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm, Steinbeck Forum

This year we have a special added attraction:  once only on Saturday we will have a pops concert in the Steinbeck Forum featuring the Pacific Brass. For this concert, under the leadership of last year’s Jazz Bash Musician of the Year, Howard Miyata, the Pacific Brass will structure their repertoire to include such jazz roots styles as marches, ragtime, and show tunes.

Dance Lessons

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Jazz Bash is happy to bring back free dance lessons! Dave and Linda Ensign, experienced dance teachers of such classics as the Lindy Hop, jitterbug, and Charleston, will be offering lessons the first set of each day. Watch for Dave and Linda throughout the festival in their wonderful period costumes, gracing the dance floors, and adding color and zest to your festival experience!

Blazin’ Banjos

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Listen to the jazzy sounds and zany humor of these incredible musicians!

Reynolds Brothers
Eddie Erickson
Bill Dendle
Gary Ryan
Westy Westenhofer

Double Pianos at the Bonsai

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Round Robin: Calabrese – Wanner – Barnhart
Trick – Alderighi w/Rebecca Kilgore Trio
Crown Syncopators
Barnhart – Leyland
Cocuzzi – Barnhart
Wanner – Evans
Skjelbred – Leyland
Wanner – Calabresse w/Big Mama Sue Quintet
Stephanie Trick Trio – Alderighi