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March festivals showcase dixieland jazz and more

Rebecca Kilgore
Rebecca Kilgore

Northern California Dixieland fans are gearing up for two March festivals, both of which are held in lovely seaside communities.
Jazz Bash by the Bay is back for another edition in Monterey from March 7-9. The festival site is Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, right where downtown meets the waterfront. Organizers proudly boast that they have been “presenting the best in early jazz, big band, swing, ragtime, blues, zydeco and Gypsy jazz for over 30 years.”
This year’s performers include Au Brothers Jazz Band, Big Mama Sue Quintet with Jim Buchmann, Bob Schultz' Frisco Jazz Band, Carl Sonny Leyland Trio, Crown Syncopators, Ellis Island Boys, High Sierra Jazz Band, Ivory&Gold, Le Jazz Hot, Old Friends, Pieter Meijers Quartet with Brady McKay, Rebecca Kilgore (above), Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, Side Street Stutters with Meloney Collins, Stephanie Trick Trio, Tom Rigney & Flambeau, and Yve Evans & Company.
Later in the month (March 27-30) head north to Eureka to take in the 24th annual Redwood Coast Jazz Festival. As with the Monterey bash, Redwood is rooted in Dixieland but offers a wide variety of genres. This year’s performers include Bob Draga and Friends, High Street Band, Blue Street Jazz Band, Rigney and Flambeau, Gator Nation, Red Skunk Band, Stompy Jones, Sister Swing, Le Club de Rue Blue, Tommy Castro and the Painkillers and Sherri Colby’s New Orleans Racket Makers.

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