Forty Bands with Performances by Over 200 Musicians
Our 2017 Event is sponsored by: Bob & Annette Anderson, Phil Glassey, Ralph & Marge Hafer, and Jan Queal
Vintage Jazz – Swing – Big Band – Zydeco – Blues – Gypsy – Stride
Boogie-Woogie – Cabaret – Folk – Western Swing
Stay tuned, more of the 2017 musicians coming soon!
Barnhart / Midiri Quartet
Jeff & Anne Barnhart, Joe & Paul Midiri-these four very gifted artists have made quite a splash around the country as a quartet. Every one of them in their own right is in high demand. What a treat to witness their “magic” first hand.
You can expect humor, stories, and lots of top notch music from these four pros. Due to the festivals busy schedule we are only able to offer this show on a limited basis.
Video: I’ve Got Rhythm
Blue Renditions features our 2006 Great Lady of Jazz, Dr. Sherri-Lynn Colby. Sherri, who hit the jazz scene at age 14 as the “Sirene of the San Joaquin,” has certainly grown up!
Sherri’s cabaret style allows her to establish intimate contact with her audience. Her maturity in life and music makes for sweet listening, with a bit of soul searching thrown in for good measure. Sherri’s husband Matt rounds out the group with a serious face…but watch for the imp-grin that flits across occasionally! Expect vocal jazz with synergistic instrumentation.
Blue Street Jazz Band
Sponsored by: Timothy Gee & Mary Kay Walker, Bill & Marti Upton
The Blue Street Jazz Band is one of the most innovative groups in traditional jazz. The band earned the reputation as The Bad Boys of Dixieland for their eclectic tastes in music. At any performance the audience is liable to hear various styles of music including swing, Mardi Gras, folk, marches, waltzes, Latin music, and hymns.
Uniquely, Blue Street Jazz Band touts four music educators: Dave Ruffner, a retired high school band director, Rick Canfield, a junior high school band director, Forrest Helmick, an elementary music teacher, and SherriLynn Colby who has her doctorate in Jazz History. Expect jet propelled traditional jazz with eclectic interludes.
Bob Draga with Friends
Clarinet Clambake Sponsored by:
This is a group that has become one of the favorites on the festival circuit the last couple years. Thanks, in part, to Mr. Draga’s twisted sense of humor and playing style. It’s always a good show with these very talented artists and we are thrilled to have them here in Sun Valley.
Bob is also a guy that really gets around (no pun intended) and you are likely to see him show up just about any place music is happening.
Video: ‘S Wonderful
Boise Straight Ahead
Boise Straight Ahead was formed in 1997. They love the big band sound and the uniquely American music that honors the many big bands that have played this music in the past. They have focused on playing community events in the Treasure Valley and have donated more than $55,000 in performance fees to local charities.
This all volunteer army is demonstrating at every opportunity their passion to keep this music alive and we all get to benefit from their hours of dedication. A must see if you love the big band sound. Faithful renditions of the Big Band Era. They are great for listening or dancing.
Bruce Innes Trio
Since Bruce’s traumatic accident in October 2014, he has been fighting the good fight and is really looking forward to performing at the festival this year.
Bruce and the guys will delight you with a large repertoire of original music and decades of experience entertaining satisfied listeners from all over the world. Don’t miss the chance to hear “Jack Daniels, You Lied to Me Again” or any number of other songs that will keep playing in your memories long after the festival is over. They are seasoned veterans showing off their skills in American Folk and original music.
Videos: Baby’s Gone – One Tin Soldier
Carolyn Martin is a Western Swing Hall of Fame inductee, a Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame member, and a 2016 Ameripolitan Music Award Winner. Carolyn Martin has been described as “an astonishing singer”, “a remarkable voice”, a “singing sensation” and as “one of the finest western swing singers in the business, the dreamy-voiced Carolyn Martin.”
Carolyn’s recordings have won accolades – among them, Western Swing Album of the Year and Western Swing Song of the Year. Each of Carolyn’s last four CD’s spent months at the top of Western Way Magazine’s Western Swing Chart.
John Cocuzzi swings! He knows how to captivate the listeners as well as keep the dancers on their feet. His audience rapport, along with the superb musicians found in his company, have set the standard for those who demand quality entertainment.
Kristy has a sultry voice that has thrilled audiences everywhere and was featured on vocals, sax, and clarinet with Big Tiny Little for almost 10 years. She has toured as lead alto, clarinet, and vocalist with the “Live Lawrence Welk Show” as well as being a member of the “Champagne Music Makers” at the Welk Resort in Branson, MO. Expect seamless melodies and a smooth touch on the keys, skins, and bars.
Video: Goin’ to New Orleans
Cornet Chop Suey
Sponsored by: Tom & IdaGay Nicolino
Cornet Chop Suey will give you an exciting jazz and swing show every time, presented with gusto and enthusiasm. With a century of songs in their repertoire, from the rags and Dixie of the early 1900s to contemporary jump, jazz and swing, their high-energy front line and powerful rhythm section produce an exciting new sound and approach that is a proven crowd pleaser.
Their powerful two-trumpet front line is reminiscent of the Lu Watters Yerba Buena aggregation.
Videos: Amazing Grace
Yve Evans – Guest Artist
This irresistible lady can belt the blues one moment, and whisper and whine the next. Her impeccable vocal styling captures the imagination. Yve greets her website fans by saying, “Hello, I’m Yve Evans. Welcome to my world. Here in Evans-world we sing, dance and have a Great Time!” That about sums it up. Moving vocals with a modern twist and a touch of humor.
Videos: Fall Medley – Memory with Danny Coots – The Very Thought of You – Misty – The Chair Song
Sponsored by: Louisa Moats & Steve Mitchell
Gator Nation is a hand-clapping, foot-stomping, high energy concert and dance band. With an instinct for survival, Gator Nation continues to adapt itself to its audiences, always with something fresh yet true to its calling. That calling is to represent the music of South Louisiana in all its forms, Cajun, Zydeco, and New Orleans style R & B. They have the talent and diversity to do so, to express the nuances that define the genres. The result is a remarkable show with so much variety and depth that at the end of the show, the Gator Nation Band leaves you happy and hollerin’ “the BEAT goes on!”
Video: Goin’ Back To Louisiana
The High Sierra Jazz Band was formed in 1976 in the small town of Three Rivers, located in Central California at the entrance to the Sequoia National Park. The band has seen only a few changes in its long history. Of the original six members, four: Charlie Castro, Bruce and Stan Huddleston and Earl McKee, are still active members.
From the beginning the band has enjoyed enormous popularity; it enjoys the support of a large group of jazz fans. An American Rag readers poll recently pronounced the High Sierra Jazz Band the second most popular traditional jazz band ever, just behind the Turk Murphy band, ahead of the Duke Ellington Orchestra.
Videos: Potato Head Blues – Storyville Blues
When attending one of High Street’s performances, be prepared for anything. You could even end up as part of the act, or with someone in your lap! In other words, these guys give it all and they give it every time.
You don’t want to miss a moment. It’s likely, however, that you may hear something written sometime after 1945. But hey, with all the fun you’ll be having and the energy in the room… even if you do care, you won’t notice. Expect high energy with a rock and roll flare.
Videos: The High Street Experience
Holland & Coots
We are pleased to bring another new offering this year with world champion pianist Brian Holland & Grammy award-winning drummer Danny Coots. Holland and Coots will take you on a musical journey that radiates joyful bliss one moment and wistful lyricism the next.
These two guys have been tearing it up ever since they got together a few years ago and we know you will like what you see. You will hear hot ragtime, stride, boogie-woogie, blues, and jazz. Brian will also be featured this year on piano in the All Star band.
Video: Honky Tonk Train
Based in Portland, Oregon, Jacob Miller and the Bridge City Crooners demonstrate a terrifyingly high level of musicianship and they are all under 30! Their music pulls textures from a wealth of musical idioms, from early jazz to country blues to jugband swing; blended with influences from early soul to rock and roll.
Feel good music that anyone can enjoy. With tight harmonies, musicianship and stamina that only the most devoted players can pull off, Jacob Miller and the Bridge City Crooners are the freshest breath of air that the west coast has to offer.
Video: Sugar Sweet – A Love Like This
Jerry Krahn, acoustic guitar instrumentalist, brings a rich personal and diverse musical history to the stage. His ear-catching guitar styling, passionate melodies and lyrical improvising intrigue and entertain a wide cross section of listeners around the country and the world; expressing raw emotion without gadgets or wires – but with a penchant for reaching out with accessible, tasteful acoustic music.
Jerry’s love for multiple musical styles and guitarists keeps growing and infusing itself into the soul of what you will hear. We encourage you to explore the aural and relaxed presence of these archtop acoustic guitars in the hands of Jerry Krahn.
Videos: Rose of San Antone – Sweet Georgia Brown
Silent Movies w/ Jeff set Sponsored by:
Praised by The L.A. Jazz Scene as a musical duo that can “draw out the beauty in the rich melo-dies and play the music…with taste, sensitivity, and a real affection for the idiom,”
Ivory&Gold® celebrates the greatest examples of American jazz, blues, ragtime, Broadway and hits from the Great American Songbook. Internationally renowned American musical performer and historian Max Morath calls Ivory&Gold® “musically flawless.”
Videos: Water from an Ancient Well – Bless the Beasts and the Children / Pineapple Rag – The Entertainer
Kings of Swing
Dressed in their tuxedos the Kings of Swing add an air of 1940s elegance and style to every performance. The Kings are a 17-piece dance band that originated in 1944 under the direction of Gib Hochstrasser.
They have delighted the crowds here in Sun Valley since our first festival. Our Saturday night TRIBUTE TO GLENN MILLER Big Band is a favorite and always has a full dance floor.
Close your eyes and you will think Glenn is right here with us.
Videos: Compilation of Tunes
Midiri Brothers Sextet
Sponsored by: Richard & Penny Weiss
Jazz Sunday Sponsored by:
Talk about gifted brothers! Between the two of them, Joe and Paul play almost every musical instrument known to man. They feature the music of what most people consider to be the best small Jazz group of all time — The Benny Goodman Sextet.
You might also catch a Lionel Hampton tune or two. Tight arrangements and musical excellence make them a must-see. Goodman and Hampton ala Midiri.
Videos: How Great Thou Art – Let it Shine
Sponsored by: Perry & Robin Binder
Founded in 1988 , the band is made up of four instruments: clarinet, trombone, piano and washboard. One can be surprised by its originality and its capacity of documents. The success they have had around the world for 25 years can demonstrate that this kind of group, absolutely unique in the trad jazz world, is bringing something new in a jazz style did started to get more or less worn. Conviviality, youthful enthusiasm, humor, professionalism, choice of a rich and still refined repertoire (from the ’20s and the’ 30s, FATS WALLER, James P. JOHNSON, Duke ELLINGTON, etc., but also original compositions, and exceptional musical individualities blended with a solid friendship, these are the ingredients of PARIS WASHBOARD.
Videos: Maple Leaf Rag – I’ve Found a New Baby
With a performance history spanning more than two decades, Pearl Django endures as one of the most highly regarded Hot Club style groups working today. Although the band’s roots are firmly in the music made famous by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, its extensive repertoire includes traditional jazz classics and original compositions.
Pearl Django has performed at festivals, dances and nightspots throughout the U.S. and abroad. The band’s signature style is marked by pristine and dexterous string work, colors of Bal Musette, the steady pulse of rhythm guitar and an unmistakable swing that delights audiences of all musical sensibilities. Throughout the years, Pearl Django has cultivated a devoted and enthusiastic following and they continue to play to packed houses wherever they perform.
Videos: Under a Paris Sky – Begin the Beguine
PBJ (Paul Reid, Brian Casserly, & Jim Lawlor)
Here is a unique opportunity to see three guys who love to perform anywhere and have fun doing it. They put this trio together as much for their own enjoyment as for yours.
We are pleased to offer this special treat. Because of their busy schedules (Cornet Chop Suey & The Midiri Brothers) there are only a few chances to see them together, so don’t miss it! Expect to laugh! In addition you will enjoy piano virtuosity, crooning vocals, and sizzling trumpet.
Gary Ryan – Guest Artist
Sponsored by: Ed & Todd Hartshorn
The well traveled and world-renowned funny man and banjo virtuoso will grace our stages this year. The owner of “Goofy Graphics” in Morro Bay, California. He is no stranger to Sun Valley or the festival circuit. We are thrilled he will be joining us again this year with fine banjo skills and lots of merry making! Don’t miss his “Storytime” set. Watch for him. He may show up anywhere!
Sherri Colby’s Racket Makers & Friends
Sherri Colby’s New Orleans Racket Makers Jazz Band harbor some of the finest young musicians playing early jazz in New Orleans Today. The Racket Makers’ music will have you dancing and swinging all night long.
Just take a listen and you will hear their love for the old songs and styles that invoke the spirit of New Orleans jazz. Inspired by their love for the tradition, the Racket Makers’ energy is infectious and the music goes right to the heart of the matter. Let’s have fun! Classic New Orleans jazz reminiscent of Preservation Hall.
Videos: Mood Indigo – Lay Your Racket, Daddy
Side Street Strutters with Meloney Collins
The Side Street Strutters have been busy presenting formal concerts, symphony pops programs and student outreach programs since 1983. They entertained guests at the Disneyland Resort for 22 years and are proud to present “Shiny Stockings,” a new show featuring the vocal stylings of Meloney Collins. Together, the Strutters and Ms. Collins borrow from their extensive repertoire of beautifully crafted arrangements, colorful costumes, tap dancing, exciting showmanship and musicianship to create a performance which breathes new life into melodies popularized by the great songstresses of the Golden Age of Jazz. A most enjoyable, rewarding musical experience!
Video: At Last – Stompin at the Savoy
Sun Valley Jazz All Stars
Clint Baker – Trombone
Danny Coots – Drums
Bobby Durham – Bass
Brian Holland – Piano
Marilyn Keller – Vocalist
Jerry Krahn – Guitar & Banjo
Dick Maley – Drums
James Snyder – Reeds
Mike Vax – Trumptet
For years we had wanted to assemble a “Directors’ Choice” band and it worked so well for us last year, we decided to keep the act and add a few new faces. We expect this to be a real “barn burner” again. We really don’t know what may happen, but there will be great music and everyone will be highly pleased with the entertainment.
Terry Myers Quartet with Jaimie Roberts
Terry Myers / Saxaphone
Randy Morris / Piano
Charlie Silva / Bass
Jaimie Roberts / Vocals
Danny Coots / Drums
Playing with big bands has been a major part of Terry Myers’ career. For over 20 years he led his own big band tribute to Benny Goodman. He also led the Artie Shaw Band on one short tour. Since 2012 he has led the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.
Sun Valley jazz goers will remember him as part of the Bill Allred Classic Jazz Band, which appeared many times at this festival.
Also from Florida it is our pleasure to welcome for the 1st time here the amazingly delightful Jamie Roberts on vocals! Joining them are the talented Charlie Silva on bass, Randy Morris on piano, and Danny Coots on drums to complete this powerhouse quartet. These folks bring a very long list of musical credits to the table and we know you will find them to be very popular.
Tom Rigney & Flambeau
Sponsored by: Bill & Marti Upton
Tom Rigney, a fiery, electrifying violinist / composer, joins forces with some of the finest musicians on the San Francisco roots music scene to form Tom Rigney & Flambeau, a band that generates enough heat and energy to ignite a dance floor or lift an audience to its feet.
Tom Rigney & Flambeau were voted Best Cajun / Zydeco Band of 2004 by the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame. Cajun and Zydeco two-step, low-down blues, funky New Orleans grooves, and heartbreaking beautiful ballads and waltzes.
Sponsored by: Jackie Wieman
If you have never been able to get in the door at a We Three set, it’s no surprise. While you never know what you’ll see (OR hear!) the entertainment is non-stop. This ever popular trio has more fun than should be allowed by law, and before you know it, they will have won your heart, too. Not to be missed. Superb showmanship, hilarious antics, great music.
The truth is, We Three is a combination of great wit, unexpected antics, and a cacophony of delightful music. If you are in need of some good belly laugh time then be sure to catch this act!
Video: Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen – More We Three – Draga Beat Box
Every year, fourteen senior Yale men are selected to be in The Whiffenpoofs, the world’s oldest and best-known collegiate a cappella group. Founded in 1909, the Whiffs began as a senior quartet that met for weekly concerts at the famous Yale tavern.
Today, the group has become one of Yale’s most celebrated and hallowed traditions. Charming young men crooning delightful harmonies.