30th Annual San Joaquin Valley Jazz Festival

February 23-24, 2018

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The San Joaquin Valley Jazz Festival was founded in 1989 by trumpeter and educator, Paul Shaghoian. After being held at the D&D Ranch in Madera California, it was moved to San Joaquin Memorial High and later to Buchanan High School in Clovis California. Paul Shaghoian passed away in 2004, and since that time the festival has been under the direction of Paul Lucckesi. The festival moved to its current home, the Shaghoian Concert Hall, in 2008

SJVJF has been anchored since its inception by Fresno based jazz musicians Brian Hamada, Craig Von Berg, and John Lauffenburger as well as a long list of Fresno State alumni including Dale and Larry Engstrom, Rick Helzer, Mike Dana, Meryl Wamhoff and Larry Honda.

During the festival’s 29 years in existence, the Central Valley has seen some of the nation’s top jazz educators, as well as some of the premiere jazz musicians in the world. Such luminaries have included noted jazz educators Larry Sutherland, Gene Aitken, Steve Owen, Vern Sielert, Neil Slater, George Stone, Matt Harris, Jeff Jarvis, Dave Glenn, Dan Gailey, Gary Pratt, Chuck Dotas, Aaron Lington, and James Miley.

The list of performers have been a virtual who’s who of artists from throughout the world and have included Bobby Shew, Frank Mantooth, Jim Snidero, Carl Saunders, Gary Hobbs, Dave Rickenburg, Lanny Morgan, Tim Ries, Michael Davis, Brian Lynch, Peter Epstein, Terell Stafford, Tigran Hamasyan, David Binney, Ben Wendel, Nate Wood, Kaveh Rastegar, Adam Benjamin, Dan Weiss, the Jeff Hamilton Trio, Ben Allison, Nate Smith, Mark Ferber, Donny McCaslin, Josh Nelson, Gilbert Castellanos, John Daversa, Anthony Wilson, Katisse Buckingham, the Alan Ferber Expanded Ensemble and John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble. This year we will feature the Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet

We are incredibly proud to present the entire SJVJF in The Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall. The hall is a fitting tribute to a man who gave so much to jazz in the Central Valley.
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2018 MARK GUILIANA JAZZ QUARTET
2017
BEN ALLISON & THINK FREE
2016
TIM SHAGHOIAN GROUP / WALTER SMITH III
2015
KATISSE
2014 JOSH NELSON DISCOVERIES / ALAN FERBER BIG BAND
2013 JOHN DAVERSA SMALL BAND / DONNY MCCASLIN
2012 GILBERT CASTELLANOS B3 QUARTET / BEN ALLISON TRIO
2011 JEFF HAMILTON TRIO / JOHN HOLLENBECK LARGE ENSEMBLE
2010 KNEEBODY
2009 DAVID BINNEY / TIGRAN HAMASYAN (NEW FORMAT MOVES TO SHAGHOIAN HALL)
2008 TERELL STAFFORD
2007 PETER EPSTEIN
2006 BRIAN LYNCH
2005 MICHAEL DAVIS
2004 TIM RIES