Bakersfield is known throughout the music world as the birthplace of the "Bakersfield Sound," a style of country music popularized in the 1960s that was a reaction against the slickly produced "Nashville Sound" style of country music popular in the 1950s. Influenced by rock and roll music and utilizing electric instruments and a backbeat, it went on to influence country-rock and outlaw music. Two of the more famous musicians linked with it are Bakersfield's Buck Owens and Merle Haggard.
However, you may not have known that Bakersfield has also had a history in the world of jazz music as well.
It's the birthplace of some world famous jazz musicians, the home of a renowned annual jazz festival, and a growing training ground for young jazz musicians who are making their mark in the jazz world today. Bakersfield also has a variety of local venues that offer live jazz, including the weekly Bakersfield Jazz Workshop, and several talented, local jazz musicians who can hold their own with anyone.
Here are just six examples of why Bakersfield isn't just a place for country music and honky tonks. Leave a comment if you have some additional ones.