This year Concord shows its appreciation for 50 years of jazz with a multi-day, multi-faceted celebration and you are invited!The first jazz festival was the vision of jazz enthusiast and music producer, Carl Jefferson with support from the City of Concord. That inaugural event attracted 17,000 fans to what is now known appropriately as Dave Brubeck Park in Concord. The festival’s success established the locals’ love for jazz making way for an annual festival. Soaring crowds and popularity moved the concert to the Concord Pavilion.
Java & Jazz Series at the Concord Historical Society
A three-part Java and Jazz series in partnership with the Concord Historical Society will take place from 10 am to 12 noon on the following Saturdays: June 22nd, July 27th and August 24th. Each will spotlight Concord’s authentic relationship with jazz. Purchase tickets on Eventbrite for $5 per session or $12 for all three sessions. The Concord Historical Society is located at 1928 Clayton Road, Concord, CA 94519.
Session 1 with Frank Dorritie
History of Concord Records, Inside Stories about Recording Sessions and Listening Party
Saturday, June 22, 10 AM to 12 Noon
Session 2 with Ellen Herdegen
History of the Concord Music Festival
Saturday, July 27, 10 AM to 12 Noon
Session 3 with Matthew Zebley
History of Jazz, Showcasing Concord Jazz and Dave Brubeck
Saturday, August 24, 10 AM to 12 Noon
Now, in honor of Concord’s long-term connection with jazz, fans can immerse themselves in 10 days of unprecedented events that will enlighten, engage and entertain. Here’s a behind the scenes look at the calendar of events with more specifics coming soon:
|Thursday, August 1||Jazz at Concord’s popular annual summer event, Music & Market at Todos Santos Plaza.|
|An exclusive evening jazz jam sessions happens at one of Concord’s favorite settings.
|Saturday, August 3||Today’s popular jazz artists will take the biggest stage of the festival, the Concord Pavilion.|
|Honoring Dave Brubeck and bringing back the sounds of jazz, a special concert will be held at Todos Santos Plaza.|
|Because they pair so nicely, a Jazz Cocktail Mixologist Competition.|
|Always fun, a trivia event all about jazz.|
|Wednesday, August 7||Jazz concert at Diablo Valley College.|
|Thursday, August 8||Because once is not enough, a second evening of jazz at Music & Market.|
|A jazz-inspired cupcake bake-off for adults (18+) and kids (5-17). Local foodies will make up a panel of judges to award winners for this delicious event.|
|Saturday, August 10||The award winning Blue Devils Viewing Party at Todos Santos Plaza.|
Jazz Playlist to Go
And here’s terrific news! You won’t have to wait for the festivities to begin. Get in the mood now with an exclusive jazz playlist on Spotify available at Bit.ly/VisitConcord.
Jazz Art Program with Wren Avenue Elementary: School of the Arts
Visit Concord selected Wren Avenue Elementary: School of the Arts as the featured school for a jazz inspired art program. Wren’s 300+ students will create artwork inspired by the history of Jazz in Concord and it will be displayed for the community to view this summer.