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List of STJS Executive Directors since the festival began.

List of Emperors since 1977.

What is the Sacramento Music Festival? One giant party! Every Memorial Day Weekend since 1974, Old Sacramento and other downtown venues have drawn hundreds of thousands of jazz fans and music lovers to the Sac. Music Fest., one of the favorite jazz festivals in the West. Presented by the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society, the event features a lineup that includes about 70 bands from all over the country and from all over the stylistic map: traditional jazz, Condon-style classic jazz and swing, big band, straight-ahead jazz, rockin' blues, jazzy blues, New Orleans funk (street beat), Western swing, ragtime, Latin, zydeco, gospel, and other jazz-influenced music.

The event includes a big parade on Saturday morning (moved from Fri. to Sat.), with crowds lining the streets, then sparkles with Mardi Gras beads and colorful festivities all throughout the weekend and into Monday. Our Pianorama event on Sunday (check schedule to be sure of day and time) features some of the festival's greatest pianists performing short solo-piano sets.

Comfy, air-conditioned shuttle buses transport concertgoers between the event's many venues in Old Sacramento and the Downtown Area, including three major hotels: Holiday Inn, Hyatt Regency, and Embassy Suites. Visit the Festival website:

"A picture is worth a thousand words!"
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of past festivals.

Nancy Giffin photo - Sac. Jazz Jubilee family with Mardi Gras beads of all sizes

Photo by Nancy Giffin. More photos ...

Office Volunteers

Office help is always needed, especially in the months leading up to Jubilee. Please contact us if you can be of help. Thanks! We appreciate you.

Sacramento Jazz Festival Volunteers—nearly 2,000 of them—are the folks who have made the first three decades of our jazz festival possible. And if we are lucky enough to go a few more years, the volunteers deserve a big chunk of the credit. Volunteers construct and manage the sites, provide cleaning and maintenance, electricity, arrange housing and transportation for musicians, facilitate communications, staff the badge sales locations, conduct demographic and marketing studies, supervise sound and shuttle bus services and handle the myriad of other duties and details a successful festival requires. (Yes, even the bartenders are volunteers. And no, we are not looking for additional volunteers in that category. We've got some gems set in place.) Volunteers wear distinctive shirts and badges at each festival. If you have a question or a problem, ask one of them. You'll find them to be knowledgeable, friendly, and willing to go out of their way to be sure you have a good time.

"Jazz Sunday" monthly concerts are like
mini-festivals. To learn about them, click here.

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Sac. Jazz Jubilee swing dance contest 2008 winnersSac. Jazz Jubilee horse

Sacramento River - Delta King PaddlewheelCA State Railroad Museum

Mardi Gras beads on happy Jubilee visitorsHappy Jubilee fans

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