Concord Jazz Festival 2019

Celebrating 50 Years of Jazz in Concord



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 16:30 PM to 8 PMFree
An intro to jazz at Concord’s popular annual summer event, Music & Market in Todos Santos Plaza, featuring Steel 'n' Chicago—A Steely Dan and Chicago Tribute.
August 2
4 PM to 6 PM
An exclusive evening jazz session with the DVC Jazz Ambassadors happens at one of Concord’s favorite settings—The Veranda.
Saturday, August 34 PM to 10 PMPurchase Tickets

See details below for the beer and wine tasting.

Featured artists at the Concord Pavilion will include Dave Koz & Friends: Summer Horns featuring Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Kenny Lattimore and Esperanza Spalding; The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra with Patti Austin, Jamison Ross and Carmen Bradford; Chick Corea: The Spanish Heart Band with Carlitos Del Puerto and Marcus Gilmore; Poncho Sanchez & His Latin Jazz Band; Jazzmeia Horn.
August 4
1 PM to 6:30 PMFree
A special concert honoring the sounds of jazz featuring the Mary Fettig Quartet, Steve Snyder’s Big Band, the John Santos Sextet and the Machete Ensemble, Soul Sauce and L.O.V.E. (Levels of Vocal Expression).

Attend the Kiwanis Club of Concord 13th Annual Taste of Concord from 1 PM to 4 PM in Todos Santos Plaza. Tickets available soon.
August 5
6 PM to 8 PMPurchase Tickets
Latin jazz will be tuned in at Puesto to accompany a special menu and tequila tasting. Includes: Chips and salsa, mini esquite cup, choice of Chicken Al Pastor or Vegetarian Taco, (1) Puesto Perfect Margarita and a sampling of Don Julio Tequila. Don Julio’s rep on hand to share information. $35.00 inclusive per person. $25 for non-alcoholic option.
Tuesday, August 6
5:30 PM to 8 PMFree
A trivia event all about jazz and Cabanijazz Project performing Cali-Mambo Latin music at Concord Tap House.

5:30 PM ~ Trivia Team Sign Ups
6:00 PM ~ Trivia Starts
6:30 PM ~ Live Latin Jazz by Cabanijazz Project

Wednesday, August 77:30 PM to 9 PM
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Enjoy a lively evening jazz performance by Dr. Matt Zebley’s Organ Trio at Diablo Valley College.
Thursday, August 86:30 PM to 8 PMFree
An intro to jazz at Music & Market in Todos Santos Plaza featuring David Laflamme's "It's a Beautiful Day"—a late 60's rock legend.
August 9
7 PM to 10 PMPurchase Tickets
Live jazz music featuring Nick Phillips Quartet at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Concord.The first 100 guests will receive an exclusive Visit Concord beach towel. Free parking starting at 6PM. Please mention Visit Concord to receive free parking. Attendees must be 21 and over.
Saturday, August 102 PM to 8 PM
Watch the Blue Devils as they compete in the Drum Corps International in Indianapolis, IN.



Concord Jazz and Live Nation are proud to present the 50th Anniversary Concord Jazz Festival, to be held on Saturday, August 3rd at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, California. 2019 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the festival, which began at a city park in 1969 and gave birth to the venerable Concord Jazz label. Concord Jazz continues its commitment to presenting the finest jazz and live music with this year's line-up.

Featured artists for the 50th Anniversary Concord Jazz Festival will include Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns, Esperanza Spalding, Chick Corea Spanish Heart Band, The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra featuring Patti Austin, Jamison Ross, Carmen Bradford and special guests in a special Celebrating Ella set, Poncho Sanchez & his Latin Jazz Band, and many more to be announced soon. Doors for the festival will open at 2pm with the main stage beginning at 4pm.

Tickets for the 50th Anniversary Concord Jazz Festival range from $39.50 to $149.50 plus applicable charges, including a limited number of general admission 4 packs while supplies last.

Tickets are on sale this Friday, April 19th at 10am and can be purchased online at or the Concord Pavilion Box Office. An exclusive commemorative album of music by the featured artists will be included with every pair of tickets purchased for the 50th Anniversary Concord Jazz Festival.

Purchase Tickets Here!

Prior to the concert, attendees can sample wine and beer at a special tasting from 2pm to 6pm on the Pavilion’s concourse. You’ll be able to purchase tasting tickets at designated booths also on concourse.

Our thank you to the following local wineries and breweries for their participation!

Wineries 2pm to 6pm

Breweries 2pm to 6pm (One brewery will be featured each hour.)

Check out live performances on the second stage beginning at 2pm from the following bands:

  • 2pm to 2:50pm: East Quinztet
  • 3:10pm to 4:00pm: Isamu Ishamiru-Garcia Septet
  • 4:30pm to 4:50pm: DVC Septet
  • 5:30pm to 6:15pm: Possible second performance from DVC



This fun, informative series invites you to the Concord Museum and Event Center to enjoy coffee, pastries and a morning filled with all things jazz. Taking place Saturday June 22nd, July 27th and August 24th from 10:00AM to 12:00PM. Admission is a donation of $5 per session or $12 for all three. Proceeds benefit the Concord Historical Society. Attendees will receive a complimentary logo coffee tumbler with each ticket purchase. The Concord Museum and Event Center is located at 1928 Clayton Road, Concord, CA 94519.

Frank Dorritie

Frank Dorritie

Frank Dorritie is a performer, producer, arranger, educator, composer and author who worked at Concord Records for many years. On June 22nd Frank will share behind the scenes stories about recording sessions, the evolution of the industry and host a listening party with music from his private collection.

Saturday, June 22, 10 AM to 12 Noon

Ellen Herdegen

Ellen Herdegen

On July 27th, Ellen Herdegen will share the history and tales of the Concord Jazz Festival. Ellen worked on the first inaugural Concord Summer Music Festival in 1969 and continued to be part of the production for 20 years. She will share her personal experiences, anecdotes and rare memorabilia.

Saturday, July 27, 10 AM to 12 Noon

Matthew Zebley

Dr. Matthew Zebley

Dr. Matthew Zebley takes the stage on August 24th to share the history of jazz, background on Dave Brubeck and perform live with his band. Dr. Zebley is an educator, composer, jazz artist and multi-instrumentalist. He will provide an in depth look at West Coast Jazz, its composition and overall style.

Saturday, August 24, 10 AM to 12 Noon



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


Stay at one of Concord's hotel properties August 2-4, 2019 and receive a $50 gift card with your reservation. Once you book in Concord, email to redeem your gift card. Enjoy a fun weekend of jazz in Concord!

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Jazz Room Package at the Crowne Plaza Concord/Walnut Creek
$129 for room rate
Stay between August 1-4, 2019
A purchased valid Jazz Festival ticket must be presented upon check-in to receive the rate
10% discount on breakfast and lunch
Complimentary parking and WIFI
$5 draft beers between 4pm-6pm
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Jazz Room Package at the Hilton Concord
Special rate of $149 (must be a 2 night stay)
Dave Brubeck CD included in the room
20% discount coupon for food only at Plate and Vine during your stay
Over-night self-parking and complimentary internet in the guest rooms
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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.





This year Concord shows its appreciation for 50 years of jazz with a multi-day, multi-faceted celebration like none other and we are excited to extend an invitation to you to be a part of it. This is a great opportunity to increase your visibility in front of a diverse audience and members of the business community. Position your company as an innovator by supporting community events that will enlighten, engage and entertain.

EXHIBITOR APPLICATION Arts & Crafts and Music-Oriented Vendors only VIEW PDF

We are now accepting applications for vendors to exhibit at the Concord Pavilion on August 3 and Todos Santos Plaza on August 4.