Jazz Bash by the Bay is a fun-filled event featuring all the forms of American Classic Jazz. The event is spread over four days, seven venues, and six dance floors.
Immerse Yourself in Monterey's Favorite Jazz Festival
Jazz Bash by the Bay will immerse fans in all types of jazz music. Fans can enjoy over 25 performances of Ragtime, Traditional, Swing, Blues, and Gypsy jazz. The event is perfect for music and culture lovers.
Featured bands include Ivory & Gold, Tom Rigney & Flambeau, and Le Jazz Hot Quartet. In addition, dozens of bands, artists, and youth bands will perform throughout the weekend. Tom Holland is the featured 2022 Musician of the Year.
The event is hosted in the Conference Center and Portola Hotel & Spa. So bring your dancing shoes and prepare for a fabulous weekend!
History of Jazz Bash
The festival started with a Dixieland Monterey mini jazz festival in 1980. The event was part of the Monterey County Fair and featured nine bands across four venues on Monterey's waterfront. The festival was so popular that volunteers repeated the event in March 1982.
As the festival's popularity grew, organizers added other jazz forms and a youth program. Today, Dixieland Monterey has been going strong for over 40 years and continues to delight the jazz community.
Thursday Night Dance Party and Concert
The party gets started on Thursday, March 3, 2022, with a dance party and concert. The hit trio We3 with Bob Draga, Danny Coots, and Jeff Barnhart will perform from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. We3 is performing for one night only in the Bonsai Room.
Next, the Monterey Marauders will take the stage in the DeAnza Ballroom from 8:15 pm to 10:30 pm. The Monterey Marauders are led by Musicians of the Year Marc Caparone and Brian Holland. In addition, the line-up includes your favorite jazz musicians, Clint Baker, Riley Baker, Danny Coots, Marilyn Keller, Nate Ketner, Jessy Carolina Maggio, John Otto, Steve Pikal, and Sam Rocha.
On Friday, performances start at 11:30 am, with Holy Crow and Ivory & Gold playing on different stages. Performances continue throughout the day across seven other locations. Attendees can mix and match to create the perfect schedule. The last performances start at 10:00 pm so that festival attendees can dance the night away.
On Saturday, performances begin at 10:00 am, and the last performances begin at 10:00 pm.
On Sunday, performances start at 9:00 am, and the Festival Finale starts at 3:00 pm. The Festival Finale features the Holland-Coots Jazz Quintet & Holy Crow with Corey Gemme.
The festival includes several performances by youth bands. In addition, school-age students are admitted free with an adult for all three days of the festival.
The Jazz Bash Youth Clinic is a two-hour clinic hosted by Festival Musicians. Any school-age student can attend the clinic on Saturday morning and learn jazz styles.
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