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Would you believe it? - The Sacramento Jazz Jubilee celebrated it's 35th year in May 2008! A long way from the first festival in West Sacramento where I performed with the Cosumnes River College Jazz Band. I've enjoyed attending all of the festivals, and hopefully next year may even get to play there again.

The festival grew over the years, and for a while had six major hubs. But alas, the demographics for people who enjoy OKOM has dwindled, and this year's festival featured 2 hubs (Convention Center and Old Town) with a sprinkling of venues in between on K street. Yet still, there were nearly 100 bands performing over the long Memorial Day weekend.

This year I got to spend all 4 days at the festival, and ended up taking some 780 photos. My new digital SLR makes it easy to shoot a lot, but whew, the time spent in post-processing sure increased! I've divided the photos up into different categories (albums) and have also featured the better ones in a special album called "picks". I would recommend that you browse that category first to get an overview of the festival. The "parade" and "scenes" are some fun categories to explore too. Note that the "bands" categories are probably appreciated best by band members and ardent fans.

Click on album name link on the left to enter respective gallery.

Gallery Links and Descriptions

Need a place to start or want to get a quick overview of the Jubilee and it's environs? Then this is the category for you.
The midday Friday kick-off parade.
Some atmospheric shots from Old Sac over Memorial Day weekend.
Discovery Museum
Festival badge perk: admission to a musuem exploring Sacramento's history.
Check out the musicians and fans in impromptu situations.
Some people couldn't hold their feet still and got up to dance.

Buck Creek
A long-time festival favorite...a trad band with a 4-beat feel anchored by a tuba!
Cornet Chop Suey
Puts on a great show. Their redentions of Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Wonderful World never fails to bring a tear to my eye.
Creole Bells
Yay, they're back from down under! Some changes in personnel incl. Steve Waddell having to give up leadership as his emboucher (chops) is shot. But still a great 2-cornet sound with a new drummer/singer.
Frisco Jazz Band
Bob Schulz has one of the best sounds around, and we were treated to the song stylings of icon Pat Yankee.
Jazz Minors
Wow! I heard these guys in an Old Sacto. performance in '74/'75. It was strange to see all of the original members playing in their reunited band.
Midnight Rose
Special friends from the Stockton area.
Ophir Prison
Yes, crazy as ever. But still with great musicality.
Sacto. Banjo Band
Very pleasant to listen to the banjos along with some special ol'-time instruments.
Santa Clara Swing
A youth band from my "neck of the woods".
Steve Lucky
Steve Lucky and his Rhumba Bums, along with Carmen Getit, do the jump 'n jive on the stage.
Two Beat Bombers
My kind of jazz. A special group that meets only once a year, made up of some of the best musicians from other bands. They played with an empty piano bench in honor of leader Bill Richards, who sadly passed away this year.
Uptown Lowdown
Another festival favorite. Plays in their own Seattle style, featuring two reed players.
Additional Bands
Other bands I have some shots of: 10th Avenue JB, Billy Mata and the Texas Tradition, High Sierra JB, High Street, Hot Tomatoes with Bob Draga, Mighty Aphrodite JB, New Lowdown JB, Rio Americano and Ted Schaefer's Jelly Roll JB

You can browse the thumbnails and/or images, or from any image page use the drop-down list to select the desired band.

Photos from Previous Festivals
Photo sets include Weekend Highlights and Orphir Prison on the Streets.
Photo sets include one of the California Military Museum and another of scenes from the Sacramento River Walk.
Photo sets include the Sac à Pulses Jazz Band from Clermont-Ferrand, France in a street performance at sunset, and some shots from the Crocker Art Gallery.

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