Head to Sacramento for Memorial Day weekend and join 100,000 music lovers for the world's largest traditional jazz festival.
Up to Bonerama, a contemporary jazz-funk band representative of the hot acts that bring thousands of tourists to New Orleans' Bourbon Street, and the saucy and leggy Banu Gibson, who has made New Orleans her home base for the past 25 years, will headline the 2006 Sacramento Jazz Jubilee as it returns to its riverfront roots.
"I like to think that we offer a musical buffet," says Jill Harper, who took over as the festival's executive director in December. "This year we are offering ragtime, blues, zydeco, gospel, Latin jazz, swing, and contemporary jazz, in addition to our usual helping of traditional jazz.
"I’m also excited about our return to the riverfront, with both the Matthew McKinley and the Spirit of Sacramento becoming a part of the festival by offering discount river cruises to Jubilee attendees."
This year's festival again features more than 100 performing groups, including contemporary jazz groups the Vivian Lee Quintet, the D'Baba Project, the Ann Pedersen Quintet, and the Ann Roach Quarte. Blues groups include Aaron King and the Imperials, the Beer Dawgs, Mick Martin & The Blues Rockers, Mike McGowan and the Mighty Delta Roadmasters, and the Shane Tiller Band.
Lending an invigorating visual aspect to the festival this year, the "extravaganza" dance contest features 50 of the nation's most expert swing dancers, performing what might be termed gymnastics set to music.
Other special events include children’s concerts, the Sunday Gospel service, walk-in jam sessions, the opening day parade, the veterans’ ceremony, and the colorful closing ceremony.
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