- Big Band Bashes
- Clarinet Clambake
- Free Dance Lessons
- Gospel Services
- Marching Band Salute
- Piano Extravaganza
- Rhythm & Blues
- Patriotic Set
- Grand Finale
- Free Jazz in the Square (Ketchum)
- Dance Through the Decades
- Ladies Sing
Introducing our “Hall of Fame Legends Series,” where you will hear
live jazz, its roots and influence.
Here are some of the Hall of Fame Legends from previous years:
Hot Club of France
Stride Piano Legends
Hank Williams if he had played in 1920
Jelly Roll Morton
The Dorsey Brothers
The Big Band era in American history and its impact on our culture is undeniable. We are thrilled to provide an opportunity where we can once again celebrate Big Band music live. Our artists rarely have a chance to do this anymore and they love it as much as the crowd. From Count Basie, Bob Crosby, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Woody Herman, Chick Webb and more, indulge in the big band sound performed live this year in Sun Valley!
Over the years our Big Band Jazz sets have become some of the most popular. Because of this, we now feature Big Band music on four nights. Thursday and Friday evenings will feature all-star collections handpicked from our featured bands, one led by Joe Midiri and the other by Terry Myers.
On Saturday night we always have a packed house for the Kings of Swing doing their tribute to Glenn Miller and his orchestra. The dancers come out in droves for this!
The last show of the week, at our very elegant Afterglow Dinner, will feature an All Star selected group for the final Big Band Dance set and that’s how we close out the festival for another year and again begin to count the days…
As I have heard many remark after attending just one of these “this one Big Band set was worth the entire price of admission” and we wholeheartedly agree. Whether or not Big Band jazz music is your cup of tea you won’t want to miss any of the incredible performances.
Banjomaniacs at Sun Valley Jazz Fest
“It don’t mean a thang, if it ain’t got that twang…” Lots of banjo players got together at the Sun Valley Opera House to fly, claw, and pluck themselves through some very fun songs. Led by Gary Ryan, who can do just about anything on the 5-stringed instrument with deep roots in Jazz.
Sun Valley Jazz & Music Fest Grand Finale
The Sun Valley Jazz & Music Fest’s “Grand Finale” puts many of the fest’s best acts on stage in a mere 90 minutes, one after the other. The packed Limelight Room at the Sun Valley Inn is electric with the artists’ impassioned performances. What a great festival, and a fabulous final show!
Videography by Derek Svennungsen