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38th Annual Sacramento Jazz Festival and Jubilee: a video introduction, overview, and history

Sacramento Jazz Festival and Jubilee video introduction Jeremy Branham Budget Travel AdventuresThis May marked my tenth year of living here in Sacramento.  For the Sacramento Jazz Festival and Jubilee, this Memorial Day weekend celebrates 38 years here in California’s capital city.  And while it’s one of the more celebrated Jazz Festivals in the country, our paths have never crossed – until this year.

(Note:  The Sacramento Jazz Festival has actually been here for more than 38 years – but you will have to check out the video to get more information on that.)

Even though I grew up in the South, I wasn’t really exposed to a lot of jazz music.  I learned a little bit about it in school as I took a music history class in college.  And while I enjoy travel music on the road, I haven’t taken the time to listen to or learn much about jazz.  So with the celebration of an anniversary, I had a lot to learn about jazz history in Sacramento.

Sacramento Jazz Festival overview

When most people think of jazz, New Orleans may be the city that comes to mind – not Sacramento.  And while there is more of a family atmosphere here than a Mardi Gras one, there was plenty for everyone to enjoy – beads included.

Most of the Sacramento Jazz Festival and Jubilee takes place in the old, historic part of Sacramento known as Old Sacramento.  Throughout the streets and ‘old west’ style buildings along the Sacramento river, a variety of venues plays hosts to saxophones, trombones, trumpets, pianos with the music ranging from jazz to blues and everything in between.  From restaurants to a former paddle-wheel steamboat (now a hotel and dinner theater) to museums and streets, you can experience music being played by musicians of all age levels and talents.

The artists range from 13 to 70s and beyond as bands take their acts to the stage over a four day period Memorial Day weekend in Old Sacramento and at the Sacramento Convention Center.  And while music is the focus, there are plenty of opportunities to learn, have fun with the kids, eat, and just enjoy the variety of activities offered during the jazz festival and jubilee.

Before I indulged in too much music and fun, I felt there was a lot for me to learn about the Sacramento Jazz Festival and Jubilee.  I didn’t know anything about its history or what goes on.  So while many people were enjoying the festival, I got to work to get an overview about how it started, what it is all about, and some ways Sacramento seeks to promote jazz music in the community to people of all ages.

While there will be plenty of photos and some more detailed information on the jazz festival coming up, here’s a brief introduction to the Sacramento Jazz Festival and Jubilee, an overview of the event, and a sneak peak at some of the music people enjoyed.

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  1. Laurel says:

    Sounds like a fun event. I’ve never been to a Jazz Festival, but I love how music festivals in general bring people together.

  2. It’s great that you’ve taken the time to actually learn a little about the history of the event (and share of course).

    • Jeremy Branham says:

      How could I be a blogger and attend this event if I didn’t?! :)

      Hopefully, I will have an interview later on this week with more details about the Jazz Festival.

  3. I have always liked jazz and like most forms of music it is much better live.

    • Jeremy Branham says:

      Thanks Ted. I used to love concerts but not as much these days. I’m going to check out your latest on how the festival went for you and see how many “guest bloggers” you got to help you out! 😉

  4. Lisa says:

    I love that the Jazz Festival takes place in the historic area of Old Sacramento, that adds another level to the festival. 38 years is an impressive length of time to host this festival. Sounds like you had a great time!

    • Jeremy Branham says:

      38 years is great and loved how it came about. However, not as long as the 135 years for the Scottish Highlands Games and Festival! :) And yes, Old Sacramento is the perfect place to host this event!

  5. What I liked best, was that after all this time I saw your personality. We’ve gotta meet in Vancouver! Nice 1st video.

    • Jeremy Branham says:

      Thanks Ben. I actually had to come out of my shell a little and be a bit more lively and animated since I was on video! I don’t get a chance to do video often but the guy doing the video for me is a video guy in his every day job! He was PERFECT for this! :)

  6. Jeremy,
    Love your overview and especially showcase of the band playing

    • Jeremy Branham says:

      Thanks Eileen. I took a few more videos and wish I could have done more. Will see if I can show you a little more later this week or at least feature some of the music!

  7. Didn’t know you were a southern boy.

    • Jeremy Branham says:

      Yes, born and raised. Only time I’ve lived out of the South really has been the last 10 years. Hopefully that didn’t show up too much in the video with my slight accent! :)

  8. robin says:

    Good job on your first video. I´m no jazz expert but I think I would enjoy this :)

    • Jeremy Branham says:

      Thanks Robin! Thank goodness I had a video expert shooting the video and gave me tips on editing! :)

  9. This is really impressive! Congratulations on your use of the video at explaining a great event. You come across really well! Sadly for me my hotel internet is so slow it has taken quite a while to watch!!! Look forward to seeing more video!!

    • Jeremy Branham says:

      Thanks John. I did my best. Not sure if you could tell from the video but it was raining and was a bit cold. I actually did a bit of a script for this and also some editing to make myself look better. Glad you enjoyed it and hopefully I will get a chance to do another one!

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