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January 2016

CRUISE TOUR JAN 8-18 2016: Depart From: Fort Lauderdale, FL. 10-Day JazzSea Cruise January 2016. Aboard: Holland America Lines ms Oosterdam. Itinerary: Round-trip from Fort Lauderdale to Half-Moon Cay, Bahamas, Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos, Samana, Dominican Republic, Bonaire, Curaçao, Aruba. Featured Bands: Bob Schulz’ Frisco J.B., Buck Creek J.B., Climax J.B., Florida’s New Orleans Night Hawks J.B., Dick Williams’ JazzSea Jammers, Karla West w/JazzSea U Workshops & Sing-a-Longs, and Tim Allan w/Banjos Aweigh. Fares: Inside from $1,199. Prices are PPDO. Port Charges $134.15; Government Taxes and Fees $100 are per person in addition to cruise fare. Airfare: $EXTRA$. Contact Info: JazzSea Cruises, 3256 Seven Seas Dr., Tavares, FL 32778-9285. Phone: 352-205-1777. Fax: 352-415-0779. Email: Website: www, Seller of Travel#: TI57545.

February 2016


March 2015

MARCH 5-8: RACINE, IL. 26th Annual Tribute to Bix Fest. Headquarters: Marriott, Racine, WI. 7111 Washington Ave. (Hwy 20) Racine, WI. Featured Bands: These 1st two bands are from New Orleans: Marla Dixon & Her Shotgun J.B., & Tuba Skinny w/Erika Lewis. Steve Torrico's Lakeshore Syncopators w/Andy Schumm, Dave Bock, John Otto, Johnny Donatowicz, Mike Davis, & Dave Boeddinghaus. It's "The New Battle of New Orleans!" Tickets: Patron $90 including Bus Tour to Hell on 3/5. $75 without bus tour. Individual events $5 to $25. See or Email: 847-996-0246. Use our PayPal Account for debit/credit card payments. Lodging: Marriott, Racine, 7111 Washington Ave., Hwy 20, Racine, WI. 800-627-7468 or 262-886-6100. Rooms: $89 (1 to 4 occupants-same price). Rooms on line: Using "bixbixa" group code, follow prompts at Best way to fly: Mitchell Int'l. Airport in Milwaukee using Marriott shuttle to and from hotel, or, Amtrak to new Hwy. 20 suburban Racine station just 2 miles from hotel. Ask for shuttle or we pick up. See you soon!

MAR 6-8: MONTEREY, CA. 35th Anniversary of Jazz Bash by the Bay Festival. Headquarters: Monterey Conference Center & Portola Hotel & Spa. Musician of the Year: Don Irving. Guest Artists: Clint Baker, Jeff Barnhart, David Boeddinghaus, Tom Bopp, Bob Draga, Danny Coots, Eddie Erickson, Banu Gibson, Brian Holland, Dawn Lambeth, Stephanie Trick, Jason Wanner, David & Linda Dance Co. Featured Bands: 101st Army Band, Big Mama Sue Quintet w/Jim Buchmann, Bye Bye Blues Band, Carl Sonny Leyland Trio, Cocuzzi/Vaché All-Stars w/Paul Keller, Eddie Metz Jr., & Johnny Varro, Crescent City Katz, Crown Syncopators, Ellis Island Boys, High Sierra J.B., Ivory&Gold®, Le Jazz Hot, Old Friends, Rebecca Kilgore Trio w/Ehud Asherie, & Dan Barrett, Tom Rigney & Flambeau, Royal Society Jazz Orch., Red Lehr’s St. Louis Rivermen, Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums, Yve Evans Trio, Zydeco Flames. A.E. Badges: $95 until 12/31/14 then $105. Patron package: $240. Family Patron package: $600. Day Badges: Friday $45; Saturday $60; Sunday $45. Swing Fever Dance Party: $25. We3 Concert: $30. Both Swing Fever & We3Concert: $50. Contact Info: JazzAge Monterey, 831-675-0298, or 888-349-6879. Email: Website: Lodging: Portola Hotel & Spa, 2 Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940-2419. 831-649-4511 or 888-222-5851. Rate: $185 Single/Double.

MAR 26-28: STARKVILLE, MS. 9th Annual Charles Templeton Ragtime & Jazz Music Festival. Headquarters: Mitchell Memorial Library & McComas Hall Auditorium: Hardy Rd. & President Cir. Guest Artists: Jeff Barnhart, Dave Majchrzak, Scott Kirby, Richard Dowling, Ivory&Gold®. A.E. Tickets: $50; Friday only $30; Saturday only $30; Single concert performance $10. Senior discount, 20%. Contact Info: Mississippi State University, PO Box 5408, Mississippi State, MS 39762-5408. Lynda Graham, 662-325-6634. Email: Website: Lodging:

MAR 26-29: EUREKA, CA. 2015 Redwood Coast 25th Anniversary Music Festival. Headquarters: Adorni Center. Guest Artists: Brady McKay, Bob Draga, Dave Bennett, Jason Wanner, Gordon Au. Featured Bands: Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns, Au Brothers J.B., Dave Bennett & The Memphis Speed Kings, Le Jazz Hot, Tom Hook & The Terriers, Tom Rigney & Flambeau, Young Bucs, Stompy Jones, Gator Nation, High Sierra J.B., Red Skunk Band, Bob Draga & Friends, John & Kristy Cocuzzi. A.E. Badges: $75 until 1/31/15 then $80 until 3/31/15 then $85. Daily badges available. Contact Info: Redwood Coast Jazz Festival, PO Box 314, Eureka, CA 95502-0314. 707-445-3378. Email: Website: Lodging: Red Lion, 4th & T St., Eureka, CA. 866-365-9867


April 2015

APR 10-12: THREE RIVERS, CA. 42nd Annual JazzAffair. Headquarter: Veterans Memorial Bldg. Lions Recognition Dinner: Thurs. Apr. 9, 5:00p.m. $15.00 each. Featured Bands: High Sierra J.B., Au Brothers w/Howard Miyata, Bob Draga and Friends, Blue Street J.B., Cornet Chop Suey, Flip Oakes Quartet, High Street Band, Kylie Castro and Friends, Jerry Krahn, Night Blooming Jazzmen, Reedley River Rats, Titan Hot Seven, Tom Rigney & Flambeau, Wally’s Warehouse Waifs. A.E. Badges: $90 until 3/15 then $95. Daily badges available. Contact Info: Sierra Traditional Jazz Club, PO Box 712, Three Rivers, CA 93271-0712. 559-561-4549. Email: Website: RV Parking at Lions Jazz Site.

APR 11-12: PENSACOLA, FL. 32nd Anniversary Pensacola JazzFest 2015. Headquarters: Pensacola JazzFest in Seville Square, FREE, 10:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. both days. Guest Artists: Roman Street, Gypsy Jazz Quartet; Gina Rosaria Combo; Guffman Trio; Holly Shelton. Featured Bands: Dukes of Dixieland; Joe Occhipinti Big Band. Contact Info: Sponsored by Jazz Society of Pensacola, PO Box 18337, Pensacola, FL 32523-8337. 850-433-8382. Email: Website:


May 2015


MAY 11-18, 2015: CRUISE TOUR Depart From: Vancouver, B.C. Vancouver to Los Angeles Cruise/Tour. Aboard: ms Crystal Symphony. Itinerary: Visit Vancouver, Victoria BC, Seattle, Astoria, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles. Guest Artists: Yve Evans, Brady McKay and her son Dexter Williams, Antti Sarpila, Jennifer Leitham, Pieter Meijers, Bill Allred, Danny Coots, Harry Allen, Duke Heitger, Eddie Metz Jr., The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet, John Cocuzzi, Paolo Alderighi and Stephanie Trick, Richard Simon, Scott Whitfield and Randy Morris. Fares: Call office for rates. Airfare: $EXTRA$. Contact Info: Jazzdagen Tours, PO Box 1266, Studio City, CA 91614-0706. 800-433-0078 or 323-650-0255 or Fax: 323-650-0950. Email: Website: Seller of Travel#: 2026058.

MAY 15-17: FOX LAKE, WI. Bunny Berigan Jazz Jubilee. Headquarters: Fox Lake Community Center, 248  E. State St., Fox Lake, WI. Guest Artists: Bob Schulz, Bob Hirsch. Featured Bands: St. Louis Stompers, Red Hot Dixie Band, Kay Berigan 5 Tet, Matt Miller Jazz Trio, Barb City Stompers. A.E. Badges: $105 until 5/10. Daily Session Badges $30. Contact Info: Julie Fleming, PO Box 400, Fox Lake, WI 53933-0400. 920-928-6094. Email: Website: Lodging: AmericInn, 325 Seippel Blvd., Beaver Dam, WI. 53933. 920-356-9000.


June 2015

JUN 25-28: LACEY, WA. 25th Annual America’s Classic Jazz Festival. Headquarters: St. Martins University’s Marcus Pavilion. Featured Bands: Black Swan/Marilyn Keller, Evergreen Classic J.B., Fat Babies J.B., Grand Dominion, High Sierra J.B., Ivory & Gold®, Jeff Barnhart & Charlotte’s  Boys, Tom Hook & His Terriers, Tom Rigney & Flambeau, Uptown Lowdown J.B., Wolverines, Yerba Buena Stompers. A.E. Badges: X Early Bird 3-Day All Event $ 85 until 1/1/15; Early Bird 3-Day All Event $90 until 5/31/15, then $95. Thursday, 25 June, $15. Daily badges available at the door. Contact Info: 360-943-9123. Email: Website: RV Reservations: Pat Herndon, 360-946-7132.

CRUISE TOUR JUNE 28 - JULY 5, 2015: 7-Day Alaskan Explorer Round-trip Seattle on the Holland America ms Amsterdam, Visiting Settle, Puget Sound, Tracy Arm, Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan, and Victoria, B.C. Combined with Olympia Jazz Festival. Package available. Guest Artists: High Sierra J.B., Fat Babies J.B., Tom Hook Trio w/Eddie Metz, Jr., and Bobby Durham. Fares: Call office for rates. Contact Info: Jazzdagen Tours, PO Box 1266, Studio City, CA 91614-0706. 800-433-0078 or 323-650-0255 or Fax: 323-650-0950. Email: Website: Seller of Travel#: 2026058.

July 2015


JUL 24-26: EVERGREEN, CO. 2015 Evergreen Jazz Festival. Headquarters: Evergreen Elks Lodge, plus four more venues. Featured Bands: New Black Eagle J.B., After Midnight, Carl Sonny Leyland Trio, Queen City J. B. w/Wende Harston, Felonius Smith Trio, Lost Weekend Western Swing Band, Bogalusa Strutters, Nicki Parrott & Friends, Gypsy Swing Revue, Hot Tomatoes Dance Orch., Big Little Ragtime Band. A.E. Badges: $95 until 5/31 then $120. Daily badges available. Contact Info: Evergreen Jazz Festival, PO Box 3775, Evergreen, CO 80437. 303-697-5467. Email: Website: Lodging: Comfort Suites of Evergreen, 303-526-2000. Ask for the jazz rate.


August 2015


September 2015

SEP 4-7: RANCHO CORDOVA, CA. 3rd Annual End of Summer Hot Jazz Jubilee. Headquarters: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. Guest ArtistsBob Draga, Bryan Casserly, Yve Evans, Ken Hall, Danny Coots, Eddie Erickson, Katie Cavera. Featured Bands: High Sierra J.B., Tom Rigney & Flambeau, Cocuzzi, Coots & Williams, Au Brothers J.B., Crescent Katz,  Hot City, Yve Evans & Company, Big Mama Sue & Friends, 52nd Street J.B., Smart Fellas, Vanna & The Jazzin’ JAK’s, Bob Draga & Friends, Red Skunk Band, Black Tuesday J.B., Sister Swing, Gator Nation, Professors Lite, Bill, Eddie & Westy, Creole Syncopators, Stardust Cowboys, Creole Jazz Kings. A.E. Badges: $100 until 8/1 then $110. Student A.E. Badge: $20. Patron A.E. Badge: $250. Includes Sunday Patrons Lunch. Daily badges available. Contact Info: Hot Jazz Jubilee, 8777 Auburn Folsom Rd. #502, Granite Bay, CA 95746-6203. 916-822-2210. Email: Website: Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 2001 Point West Way, Sacramento, CA 95815. 916-929-8855, Ext. 55 or 800-686-3775, ask for Jazz Rate $109 per night.

SEP 10-13: CLEVELAND, OH. 2nd Annual Allegheny Jazz Party. Headquarters: InterContinental Hotel. Guest Artists: Trumpet/Cornet: Dike Heitger, Jon-Erik Kellso, Randy Reinhart, Andy Schumm. Pianists: Ehud Asherie, James Dapogny, Mike Greensill, Rossano Sportiello. Vocalists: Rebecca Kilgore, Wesla Whitfield. Drummers: Ricky Malichi, Pete Siers, Hal Smith. Bassist: Jon Burr, Nicki Parrott, Frank Tate. Reeds: Harry Allen, Dan Block, Ken Peploski, Scott Robinson. Guitar/Banjo: Howard Alden, Marty Grosz. Trombone: Bill Allred, Dan Barrett. Violin: Andy Stein. Ensemble: Faux Frenchmen. A.E. Badges: $310 per person. Friday Evening only $100 per person; Saturday Matinee only$100 per person; Saturday Evening only $100 per person; Sunday Morning only, $100 per person. Contact Info: Allegheny Jazz Society, 3 Pepper Creek Dr., Pepper Pike, OH 44124-5279. Email:, phone 216-956-0886. Website: Lodging: http://visit.starkville.: InterContinental Hotel and Conference Center, 9801 Carnegie Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106. 855-765-8709. Ask for Jazz Rate, $189/night + tax.

TOUR SEP 15-29, 2015: Germany & Austria Tour with Draga-Coots All-Stars. Depart From: U.S. International Airport of your choice. Overnight flight to Munich from various airports and stay two weeks in the Bavarian village of Grassau. Featured Musicians: Bob Draga, clarinet; Danny Coots, drums; Tom Hook, piano; Bill Allred, trombone; Dave Tatrow, trumpet; Bob Leary, guitar/vocals; Bobby Durham, bass. Itinerary: City tours in Munich, Salzburg and Innsbruck, the München Hofbrauhaus, the original Oktoberfest, Berchtesgaden Salt Mines, Kehlsteinhaus (The Eagle's Nest), Rattenberg am Inn, Lake Chiemsee Cruise, Chiemsee Castle, Neuschwanstein Castle, Schnapps Tasting Tour, Farmers' Museum, Oberammergau, the village of Reit im Winkl, Michaeli-Market Grassau Market Day, live music daily, Alpine Ski Lift, joint concerts with the Munich Veterinary Street Jazz Band and Grassau's Teachers Groove Big Band, Salzburg Mozart Dinner Concert, local Bavarian Schuhplattlers show, all dinners except three, all breakfasts, all lodging, ground transportation, taxes, luggage handling and Round Trip Airfare and professionally escorted throughout. Cost: $5,850 PPDO. Airfare: $INCLUDED$ From most international airports of choice. Contact Info: Tom & Gina at Crisp Tours, 4213  S. Pauline Lane, Tucson AZ 85730-4532. 800-901-8044. Email: Seller of Travel: #1116742.

CRUISE TOUR SEPTEMBER 20 - OCTOBER 2, 2015: 13-Day River Cruise/Tour from Budapest to Prague on the ms AmaLyra of AmaWaterways. Visiting Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Dürnstein, Melk, Linz, Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Karlovy Vary, and Prague. Guest Artists: Nicki Parrott, Antti Sarpila, Pieter Meijers, Ulf Johansson-Werre, and more TBA. Fares: Call office for rates. Contact Info: Jazzdagen Tours, PO Box 1266, Studio City, CA 91614-0706. 800-433-0078 or 323-650-0255 or Fax: 323-650-0950. Email: Website: Seller of Travel#: 2026058.

October 2015

OCT 14-18: SUN VALLEY, ID. 26th Annual Sun Valley Jazz & Music Festival. Headquarters: Sun Valley Resort. Guest Artists: Yve Evans, Tom Hook, Brady McKay, Gary Ryan. Featured Bands: After Midnight, Blue Street J. B., Blue Renditions, Bob Draga & Friends, John & Kristy Cocuzzi, Cornet Chop Suey, Ellis Island Boys, Gator Nation, Gonzalo Bergara Quartet, High Street, Ivory&Gold®, Kyle Rowland Blues Band, Barnhart/Midiri Quartet, Pieter Meijers Quartet w/Brady McKay, Midiri Brothers Quintet, Sherri Colby’s Racket Makers, Side Street Strutters w/Meloney Collins, Sun Valley All-Stars: Bill Allred, Jeff Barnhart, Terry Myers, J.B. Scott, Clint Baker, John Cocuzzi, John Reynolds, Titan Hot Seven, Tom Rigney & Flambeau, Boise Straight Ahead, Bruce Innes Quartet, Ellie Shaw, Jim Fryer & the Usual Suspects, Brianne Gray & The Jake V.P. Quartet, Kelly/Scott Quartet, Kings of Swing, Jerry Krahn Quartet, Yale Whiffenpoofs, U.S. Coast Guard Dixie Band, and more of your favorites. A.E. Badges: $128+tax until 7/31 then $143+tax until 10/7. Daily badges available. Contact Info: Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree, PO Box 2745, Sun Valley, ID 83353-6201. 877-478-5277. Email: Website: Facebook, Twitter. Lodging: Sun Valley Lodge, 10 Sun Valley Rd., PO Box 10, Sun Valley ID, 83353-6201. 800-786-8259. For all lodging choices visit


November 2015

NOV 20-22: CLEARWATER, FL. 25th Silver Jubilee Suncoast Jazz Classic. Headquarters: Sheraton Sand Key Resort. Guest Artists: Bill Allred, John Lamb, Nate Najar, Pepper, Theo Valentin. Featured Bands: Barbary Coast Show Band, Bob Draga & Friends, Cornet Chop Suey, Dave Bennett Quartet, Jubilee Jazz Band, The Fat Babies, Tom Hook & The Terrier Brothers, Tom Rigney & Flambeau, Wally’s Warehouse Waifs, Ms. Ida Blue w/Yerba Buena Jazz Band. A.E. Badges: $112.50 until 10/1/14, then $125. Daily badges available. Students (to age 21), $10. Contact Info: Suncoast Classic Jazz, Inc., PO Box 8707, Clearwater, FL 33758-8707. 727-248-9441. Email: Website: Lodging: Sheraton Sand Key Resort (Host Hotel) 800-456-7263 or 727-595-1611. Jazz rate, $153 per night; Marriott Suites (Venue Hotel) 888-303-4428 Jazz rate $151 per night; Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites 800-770-6461 Jazz rate, $124-$149 per night. Chart House Suites 877-242-7899 Jazz rate, $109 per night. Transportation provided between festival venues and housing hotels.

December 2015



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