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CSUB to Host 32nd Annual Bakersfield Jazz Festival

The Bakersfield Jazz Festival returns to the CSU Bakersfield campus on April 27-28 for two days of music, food, drink, and support for scholarships!  The 32nd Annual Bakersfield Jazz Festival will feature 12 bands on two stages over two days and will help raise more than $12,000 in scholarship funds for CSUB students while bringing the best of jazz to the CSUB Amphitheatre.  The festival is presented by Dignity Health – Mercy & Memorial Hospitals.

CSUB music professor and festival director Jim Scully said he is elated with the list of talent coming to the event this year. “Every year, it’s challenging to find the right mix of artists for our event, and this year I feel like the mix is just right,” Scully said.  “There is great funk, Latin jazz, jazz-rock fusion, straight-ahead jazz, and everything in between. I hope to see everyone out enjoying themselves at the festival!”

The festival begins at 7 p.m. Friday, April 27, with the local Latin-tinged tunes of Velorio.  Next, Carl Allen and the Art of Elvin will present a straight-ahead set of modal and post-bop tunes inspired by the legacy of Art Blakey and Elvin Jones. Fusion keyboardist Lao Tizer Band returns to headline the Bakersfield Jazz Festival with a set of new music featuring saxophonist Eric Marienthal. Lao’s energy and musicality will get everyone up and dancing to close out Friday night.

Saturday’s performances begin at 2 p.m. with music by the Kern County Honor Jazz Band and the CSUB Jazz Collective. The professional acts begin with local vocalist Marlon Mackey leading a group of heavyweight players, which will be followed by the incredible compositions and improvisations of pianist Amina Figarova and her sextet of world-class players.

The Funky Knuckles, a group of young, powerful musicians from Texas, will bring their energy, musicianship, and groove to the festival before giving way to legendary guitarist Dave Stryker and his quartet. Multiple GRAMMY winner Poncho Sanchez will bring his best Latin grooves to Bakersfield to close out the Jazz Festival.

Single-day and two-day combo tickets as well as VIP tables can be purchased at the event website (

Friday Schedule

6 p.m.  -- Doors Open

7 p.m.  -- Velorio

8 p.m.  -- Carl Allen Quintet

9:15 p.m --  Lao Tizer Band featuring Eric Marienthal

Saturday Schedule

1 p.m. -- Doors Open

2 p.m.  -- Kern County High School Honor Jazz Band

3 p.m.  -- CSUB Jazz Collective

4 p.m.  -- Marlon Mackey

5:10 p.m. -- The Amina Figarova Sextet

6:25 p.m. -- The Funky Knuckles

7:50 p.m. -- Dave Stryker Quartet

9:15 p.m. -- Poncho Sanchez


  • Blankets and low-backed beach chairs (2’ or less) only.
  • Please no high-backed chairs.
  • Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.
  • Food and beverage for purchase inside venue.
  • Beer and wine available for guests over 21 with ID.
  • Outside food and drink is permitted.
  • No alcohol or glass containers are permitted.
  • No pets.
  • No tobacco.
  • All proceeds benefit CSUB student scholarships and future Bakersfield Jazz Festival activities.

The event will take place rain or shine.

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