I’m going to my first Jazz Jubilee by the Sea (although I have visited Pismo, California, once before) for hot jazz, floating swing, gritty blues, tender ballads, and good times among friends this October.
I can now spend the time between late August and late October figuring how I will see my favorite bands. There are twenty-plus bands and guest stars, a cornucopia of jazz and other musics. Here are some of the august participants, listed as they appear on the flyer:
Professor Cunningham and His Old School • Larry Scala, Dawn Lambeth, and Friends • The Shake ‘Em Up Jazz Band • Tom Rigney and Flambeau • Blue Street • Cornet Chop Suey • High Sierra • Midiri Brothers • Tom Hook and the Terriers • Dick Williams Jammers • We Three + One • Ivory&Gold® • Creole
Syncopators • Rag Bone Saints • Mariachi Autlence • High Street
Party Band • The Au Brothers • Sue Palmer and Her Motel
Swing Orchestra • Night Blooming Jazzmen • Ulysses
SPECIAL SETS WITH GUEST ARTISTS
Bob Draga • Carl Sonny Leyland • Larry Scala • Dawn Lambeth •
Jeff Barnhart • Danny Coots • Washboard Steve • Pat Yankee •
Bob Schulz • Paul Ingle • Danny Tobias • Chloe Feoranzo.
Now, if you’ve been reading JAZZ LIVES for any length of time, you can recognize the names of my friends and heroes above. I will be there to celebrate them and hear new bands and new combinations, as is my habit and sometimes good fortune.
Here’s a promotional video from 2016 — an audio-visual tasting menu:
and one of my happy souvenirs of good times in Pismo — a 2014 concert by Clint Baker, Marc Caparone, Dawn Lambeth, Mike Baird, Carl Sonny Leyland, Bill Reinhart, Jeff Hamilton:
I hope to see you there for some good sounds. Here is the Jubilee website, and here is their Facebook page. It would be pleasing if you said “JAZZ LIVES sent me,” if, in fact, I did. It’s too early to start charging camera batteries, but I assure you that my psychic ones are at full capacity.
May your happiness increase!