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The acts listed here were provided by jazz organizers. A case of laryngitis or a missed airplane is always possible, so check the website at www.sunvalleyjazz.com for updates.
Big Bang Jazz Band
From Chilliwack, British Columbia, this band incorporates elements from early New Orleans jazz, Dixieland and the host music of the ‘20s and ‘30s. This is highly energized, tight ensemble sound.
Bill Allred’s Classic Jazz Band
From Orlando, Fla. Allred’s is unique because it was born out of a desire to find, research and play some of the almost forgotten arrangements of early jazz bands. High energy jazz and swing with a fresh twist.
Bill & Shelley
From Sacramento, Calif., these jazzbirds charm, amuse, woo and amaze. Bill Dendle on lightning fast banjo and Shelley Burns, a two time nominee for best jazz musician with the Sacramento Music Award and this year’s Jamboree’s Great Lady of Jazz.
Blue Street Jazz Band
This Fresno, Calif. band is jet propelled traditional jazz with eclectic interludes.
Boise Straight Ahead
From Boise, these musicians bring faithful renditions of the Big Band era. Great for listening or dancing just like you used to.
From Fresno, Calif., expect vocal jazz with synergistic instrumentation.
Bob Draga, guest artist
From Largo, Fla., this audience favorite brings smooth, sweet clarinet and an unmistakable style.
Bruce Innes Trio
This mostly local band with seasoned veterans show off their skill in American Folk and original music.
Cornet Chop Suey
From St. Louis with its powerful two-trumpet frontline reminiscent of the Lu Watters Yerba Buena aggregation.
Glenn Crytzer & His Syncopators
Seattle, Wa., young talent brings energizing classic jazz tunes with some originals thrown in. This is vintage vintage folks.
From Boise, with special guest Danny Marona, a musician and comic who joins the animated band.
Near local guest artist from Palm Springs brings her moving vocals, humor and charm.
Joe Fos Trio
Sun Valley favorite. A Duchin Lounge backbone with beautifully flowing piano, familiar tunes and possibly, Bob Draga.
The guest artist from Sacramento, Calif., drummer is versatile and, just as important, a darn nice guy.
Jerry Krahn Quartet
Swinging, intimate, sophisticated guitar from Nashville.
Guest artist from New Orleans. Expect to laugh, cry, dance or bark all in the same hour.
Ivory & Gold
From Mystic, Conn., this is classical flute meeting jazz piano.
Kings of Swing
From Boise, they offer faithful renditions of Glenn Miller so close you’ll swear he’s been reincarnated.
On piano “Peanut” Paul Reed, trumpet “Butter” Brian Casserly and drums “Jelly” Jim Lawlor,
three fellas with piano virtuosity, crooning vocals and sizzling trumpet.
Meschiya Lake & Dem Lil’ Big Horns
From Cajun country, this band is supposed to make smoke rise from the dance floor. Ms. Lake
was honored as Best Female Performer, 2011 Big Easy Music Awards.
From Mays Landing, N.J., gifted brothers who play almost every musical instrument known to man. Goodman + Hampton = Midiri.
Night Blooming Jazzmen
From Claremont, Calif., they’re said to be familiar, humorous and to recall jazz in Mugsy Spanier style.
Sherri Colby’s Racket Makers & Friends
Another New Orleans guest, expect to hear Preservation Hall- worthy music.
Guest artist from Morrow Bay, Calif., with a banjo on his shoulder, er, knee, expect merry making and spontaneous appearances.
From Seattle, Wa., expect European jazz ala Django Reinhardt and Stephen Grappelli. Reinhardt was a Gypsy musician who captivated Western Europe in the ‘20s, ‘30s and ‘40s. Swing with strings.
Pieter Meijers Quartet
with Brady McKay
These Los Angelenos raise the bar of lyrical standards to the way the originals performed them.
Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums
San Fran couple Lucky and Carmen Getit provide vocals and he, piano, she guitar. The band chimes in with drums, bass and a pair of saxophones. Insiders say this is a band to watch.
Titan Hot Seven
Nashville, Tenn. band born out of “The Jack Daniels Silver Cornet Band,” traditional jazz with outstanding soloists and good humor.
Tom Rigney & Flambeau
Playing Cajun and zydeco, Rigney is a fiery, electrifying violinist/composer with musicians who were voted Best Cajun/Zydeco Band of 2004 by the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame. New Orleans grooves, heartbreakingly beautiful ballads and waltzes.
Van Paepeghem Quartet
Music teachers from Boise and friends, expect intimate and personal guitar and vocals that will make you want to lean over and give a squeeze a smooch.
Hailing from three states, Connecticut, Florida and Tennessee, filled with superb showmanship,
hilarious antics and great music.
U.S. Coast Guard Dixie Band
Out of New London, Conn., this is a festival favorite you can’t find anywhere else.
The oldest a cappella group in the country, the boys from Yale will flashmob around town in addition to their appearance at the festival.
Los Angeleno brings sax magic at its best.
The Next Generation
Meridian’s Mountain View High Jazz Choir, Boise’s Capital High Jazz Choir, Boise’s Borah High School CDVE and Hailey’s Wood River High Dixieband will represent their hometowns and could give audiences a glimpse into the future.