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31st Annual Bakersfield Jazz Festival


31st Annual Bakersfield Jazz Festival


The Bakersfield Jazz Festival returns to the CSU Bakersfield campus on April 27, 28, and 29, 2017 for three nights and two days of music, food, drink, and scholarship awards!


The 31st Annual Jazz Festival, presented by Motor City Lexus of Bakersfield and Dignity Health, will start Thursday night, April 27 with a Jazz Fest Gala & Launch Party in the Doré Theatre. The night will culminate with a performance by the CSUB Jazz Collective with featured artist saxophonist & composer, Jacam Manricks.


Three-time GRAMMY nominee Donny McCaslin and his quartet will headline Friday night, April 28. Also appearing on Friday is Ghost-Note, a high-energy ensemble led by percussionist from Snarky Puppy, Robert “Sput” Searight and Nate Werth,


On Saturday night April 29, we are pleased to have co-headliners. Guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel will bring his new group to our stage supporting his new album Caipi and trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah with his Stretch Music Ensemble playing immediately beforehand. Opening the festivities on Saturday is Moonchild, a neo-soul quartet featuring the angelic vocals of Amber Navman, and The Kandinsky Effect, a Paris-based trio.


The 31st Annual Bakersfield Jazz Festival will feature 13 bands over three 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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Thursday Schedule

5:30     Doors Open, Appetizers and Wine for VIP ticket holders

6:30     Clinic and Talk with Saxophonist/Composer Jacam Manricks

7:15     Command Performances by two High-School Jazz Bands

8:00     Performance by CSUB Jazz Collective with Jacam Manricks


Friday Schedule

6:00     Doors Open

7:00     Soulajar

8:00     Ghost-Note

9:30     Donny McCaslin


Saturday Schedule

1:00     Doors Open

2:00     Kern County High School Honor Jazz Band

3:00     CSUB Jazz Collective

4:00     Haakon Graf & Grafitti LA Edition

5:15     The Kandinsky Effect

6:30     Moonchild

8:00     Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah presents Stretch Music

9:30     Kurt Rosenwinkel Caipi



Food and Drinks (no-alcohol or glass containers) are permitted into the Amphitheatre on Friday and Saturday.


Kids 12 and under are FREE to All Jazz Festival Events.


CSUB Faculty, Staff, Alumni, and Students need to buy tickets on campus at the Cashier’s Office to get the highly reduced rate offered to our campus community.  

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Thu 4/27/17 6:30 PM

Bakersfield Jazz Festival - Thursday

Francis Dore Theater
Bakersfield, CA

Fri 4/28/17 7:00 PM

Bakersfield Jazz Festival - Friday

CSUB Amphitheatre
Bakersfield, CA

Sat 4/29/17 2:00 PM

Bakersfield Jazz Festival - Saturday

CSUB Amphitheatre
Bakersfield, CA

Fri 4/28/17 7:00 PM

Bakersfield Jazz Festival - 2 Day

CSUB Amphitheatre
Bakersfield, CA

Thu 4/27/17 7:00 PM

Bakersfield Jazz Festival - 3 Day Pass

CSUB Amphitheatre
Bakersfield, CA

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