Festival of Jazz Catalina Island

The CATALINA JAZZ DANCE FESTIVAL is a yearly event which marks the beginning of summer with a celebration of the heyday of the Swing Era (1935-1946). The event centers around the famous Catalina Casino Ballroom which still echoes music from a bygone era, and the richness of Catalina culture.

The 2009 Catalina Jazz Dance Festival takes place from June 5th–7th and is sure to be a great event, but there are some changes in structure, pricing and venues currently in the works.

EVENT REGISTRATION Begins JAN 5th. The event coordinators have announced a new pricing structure with limited tickets available at discount prices. Also, early ticket price specials and package deals are being offered like the Rendezvous/Catalina combo offer. The concert program has yet to be announced, but should be published by the end of January according to the Jazz Fest website. So far it appears that there are 175 Leader tickets and 175 follower tickets available. The main instructors are Ryan and Jenny, Steve and Virginie, and Richard Powers.

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The Catalina Jazz Dance Festival endevours to recreate the historic swing dance routines of the 30's and 40's, paying homage to the big bands from the Swing Era who played regularly at the Casino Ballroom.

Enthusiasts will remember the PBDA Swing Camp which ran for 10 years from 1994–2004. Catalina Jazz Dance Festival is proud to be launching this great new event on the 80th anniversary of the Catalina Casino to commemorate the Swing era, which lit up the dance floor everywhere during the period between 1935–1946 right in the famous ballroom of the Catalina Casino.

Check back for updates on scheduling and pricing as details become available...

23rd Annual Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival

The event takes place this October over three weekends. Performers from all over the world land on the island and rock you socks off at many different venues. Stay up late for After parties on the beach and get your Jazz infusion every weekend!


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23rd Annual Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival has marked the end of summer for the last 23 years and the 2009 festival is beginning to shape up... The festival of Jazz takes place over the 1st three weekends of October 2009: Oct. 1 - 4, Oct. 8 - 11, Oct. 15 - 18. the 2009 Artist Line-Up will be announced beginning in January of 2009 and should be finalized sometime in February. There are SO many events within those three weekends you will not want to miss, like the unplugged at the Wrigley Ranch event, and many more... Tickets are on sale now.