Something known to Bakersfield residents and gradually becoming known to others across the world, is that the Bakersfield area has a thriving jazz scene. One of the many organizations and venues that helps to make that true is the Bakersfield Jazz Workshop.
A 501 (c)(5) non-profit corporation, the BJW's mission is to support jazz education and jazz performance in the Bakersfield area. One of the ways it does this is by providing a free weekly event consisting of a beginning jazz class, a featured jazz act, and an open jazz jam session.
The BJW also presents several free jazz clinics and performances every year, each given by world renowned jazz musicians who share the BJW's goals. In addition, it holds an annual fundraising concert to raise monies for student scholarships, music and sound equipment, and to help pay performance fees for clinics and concerts.
Here's a list of just some of the many famous names in the jazz world who have appeared at BJW events.