Invited Bands and Guest Artists to Appear in 2019

Click on the names of the bands or guest artists and see photos and learn more about our exceptional line-up.

ON THE LEVEE JAZZ BAND (New Orleans)
On The Levee was warmly received at the 2018 San Diego Jazz Fest.  The band performs New Orleans music -- rags, stomps, blues and vintage pop songs -- with danceable tempos, swinging rhythm and careful dynamics in the tradition of Kid Ory's Creole Jazz Band.

AFTER MIDNIGHT JAZZ BAND (Denver) NEW
This swinging sextet from the Mile-High City has performed most extensively in Colorado, but has also appeared at the Capital City Jazz Festival (Wisconsin) and the Sacramento Jubilee.  Their repertoire includes material by the Benny Goodman Sextet as well as vocalists such as Frank Sinatra and Harry Connick Jr.

BIG BUTTER JAZZ BAND (Los Angeles)
The Big Butter group is a particular favorite of Southern California swing dancers.  They draw their musical inspiration from the younger musicians who perform on Frenchmen Street in New Orleans, as well as jazz giants such as Louis Armstrong.

KATIE CAVERA (Los Angeles)
The “California Sunshine Girl” is an ace banjoist, guitarist, bassist and vocalist.  Her trio will kick off the Thursday night Festival activities and then she will entertain in a variety of settings throughout the weekend.

CHICAGO CELLAR BOYS (Chicago)
The Cellar Boys were a smash hit at the 2018 San Diego Jazz Fest.  Their unusual repertoire and authentic 1920s sound transports the listener back to the days of King Oliver, Jimmie Noone and other Classic Jazz greats.

DAVE BENNETT QUARTET (Waterford, MI)
Clarinetist Dave Bennett continues to delight audiences with dazzling displays of virtuosity and a songbook that encompasses the Swing Era sounds of Benny Goodman as well as the Dixieland music of Pete Fountain and some compelling original compositions. 

GINO AND THE LONE GUNMEN (Winchester, CA)
Gino and his Rockabilly associates have entertained crowds at all kinds of venues up and down the West Coast, including the Fresno Mardi Gras, Redwood Coast Music Festival, Coos Bay Clambake and the “Viva Las Vegas” Rockabilly weekend in Las Vegas. 

GRAND DOMINION JAZZ BAND (Camano Island, WA)
The Grand Dominion Jazz Band, organized in 1982, has become one of the premier bands in the world of Traditional Jazz.  Playing a mix of trad jazz standards and “British Trad” numbers, Grand Dominion continues to attract large crowds of listeners and lots of dancers.

HELIOTROPE RAGTIME ORCHESTRA (San Diego)
Using authentic orchestrations, the Heliotrope Ragtime Orchestra performs the type of music which one might have heard aboard the Titanic, the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition or perhaps at one of the dance halls in San Diego’s Gaslamp District between WWI and the Roaring ‘20s.

HIGH SOCIETY JAZZ BAND (San Diego)
One of the longest-lived jazz groups in San Diego, High Society is equally popular with listeners and dancers.  The band can play a swinging version of a Dixieland standard, then follow that with an entirely different genre and feel – always with well-blended horns and solid rhythm.

HOLLAND – COOTS JAZZ QUINTET (Nashville) NEW
Though this group has only been in existence for a short time, they have already taken the Festival scene by storm.  Their enthusiasm and energy is infectious, and instrumentally they are outstanding in every position.  We are sure that our patrons will enjoy the music played by this exciting new band with Brian Holland and Danny Coots..

CARL SONNY LEYLAND (New Cuyama, CA)
Veteran Boogie Woogie – Barrelhouse – Blues pianist Carl Sonny Leyland has fans in every part of the globe.  In addition to his authentic performances of piano classics, he is also a gifted composer and one of the most convincing old-time Blues shouters in existence.

MAD HAT HUCKSTERS (San Diego)
With an unusual instrumentation (two reeds, two guitars, bass, washboard), The Mad Hat Hucksters perform traditional jazz and swing standards; music associated with Sidney Bechet, Fats Waller and others.  The Hucksters are especially effective when playing for swing dancers.

NIGHT BLOOMING JAZZMEN (Los Angeles)
Led by nonagenarian Chet Jaeger, the Night Blooming Jazzmen go back to the beginning with the San Diego Jazz Fest.  Their special brand of traditional jazz and their ability to entertain always keeps the venues full and the crowds wanting to hear more.

SUE PALMER AND HER MOTEL SWING ORCHESTRA (San Diego)
Known as “The Queen of Boogie Woogie,” Sue Palmer leads a dynamic combination of musicians and vocalists.  Not only do they appeal to fans of Boogie Woogie and swing; their audiences also include people who enjoy hearing expertly-played (and sung) blues in all its many forms. 

JOHN ROYEN (New Orleans) NEW
A pupil of the great pianist Don Ewell, John is a world-class interpreter of the music of Jelly Roll Morton, James P. Johnson, Fats Waller and others.  He has performed as a soloist, bandleader and with groups such as the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and is the piano instructor at the AFCDJS Adult Jazz Camp.

TITANIC JAZZ BAND (Big Bear Lake, CA)
Organized in the early 1990s, the Titanic Jazz Band follows the path of Lu Watters, Turk Murphy, Wally Rose, Clancy Hayes and other pioneers of the San Francisco Style.  Titanic’s relaxed tempos and solid 2/4 rhythm make it easy to dance the Balboa!

YERBA BUENA STOMPERS (San Francisco)
For nearly two decades, the Stompers have performed the compositions of Watters and Murphy, plus seldom-heard numbers by Morton, Oliver, Armstrong and other New Orleanians.  The brassy front line and old-time rhythm sound are a throwback to San Francisco in the 1940s.

UPTOWN RHYTHM MAKERS (San Diego)
Since 2003, URM have been San Diego’s most authentic New Orleans style traditional jazz band.  Since the nights at Claire de Lune, they've been a favorite of SD's swing dance community and in demand whereever  a New Orleans style jazz band helps create that “let the good times roll” atmosphere. 

CHAMPAGNE DIXIE (San Diego)
This trad group plays throughout the year at the Welk Resort in Escondido.  Lead by Jay Rice, (leader of the AFCDJS Monthly Workshops), the band is sure to please fans of Traditional Jazz.

THE SWEETHEARTS OF SWING (San Diego)
Janet Hammer, Shelley Smith, Kim Royster sing the music of the Andrews Sisters, accompanied by the High Society JB.  The ladies perform classics such as "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and "Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree" with authentic costumes and hairstyles!

JAZZ JAMMERS  (La Mesa, CA)
The Jazz Jammers are one of the most popular bands in San Diego and have played weekly at Fuddruckers for over 17 years.  You are sure to enjoy their variety of tunes and parasol struts.

More to be added!!!

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