32nd Annual Bakersfield Jazz Festival



32nd Annual Bakersfield Jazz Festival




The Bakersfield Jazz Festival returns to the CSU Bakersfield campus on April 27 and 28 2018 for two days of music, food, drink, and scholarship awards!




The 32nd Annual Jazz Festival begins on Friday night April 27 with the Carl Allen Quintet presenting a straight-ahead set of modal and post-bop tunes inspired by the time Allen spent in the bands of  jazz greats legends Freddie Hubbard, Branford Marsalis, and more.  Fusion keyboardist Lao Tizer Band returns to the Bakersfield Jazz Festival with a set of new music  featuring Eric Marienthal. Lao’s energy and musicality will get everyone up dancing to close out Friday night.




Multiple GRAMMY winner PonchoSanchez is the headlining artist on Saturday, April 28. This Latin-Jazz innovator always brings his best at the Bakersfield Jazz Festival. Opening for Sanchez is a constant stream of jazz greats – guitarist DaveStryker and his quartet, TheFunkyKnuckles, the AminaFigarovaSextet and more!  




The 32nd Annual Bakersfield Jazz Festival will feature 13 bands over two days and will help raise over $20,000 in scholarship money for CSUB students, and bring the best of jazz to the CSUB campus!




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Friday Schedule


6:00     Doors Open


7:00     Local Artist (TBD)


8:00     Carl Allen Quintet


9:15     Lao Tizer Band featuring Eric Marienthal








Saturday Schedule


1:00     Doors Open


2:00     Kern County High School Honor Jazz Band


3:00     CSUB Jazz Collective


4:00     Local Artist (TBD)


5:10     The Amina Figarova Sextet


6:25     The Funky Knuckles


7:50     Dave Stryker Quartet


9:15     Poncho Sanchez






Blankets and low-backed beach chairs (2’ or less) only. Please no high-backed chairs. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Food and beverage for purchase inside venue. Beer and wine available for guests over 21 with ID. Outside food and drink is permitted, no alcohol or glass containers are permitted. No pets. No smoking. All proceeds benefit CSUB student scholarships, and future Bakersfield Jazz Festival activities.




The event will take place rain or shine.


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Fri 4/27/18 7:00 PM

Bakersfield Jazz Festival - 2 Day Pass

CSUB Amphitheatre
Bakersfield, CA

Sat 4/28/18 2:00 PM

Bakersfield Jazz Festival - Saturday

CSUB Amphitheatre
Bakersfield, CA

Fri 4/27/18 7:00 PM

Bakersfield Jazz Festival - Friday

CSUB Amphitheatre
Bakersfield, CA

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