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The 35th Central Coast
Jazz Festival
March 9-10th, 2018

Hello and Welcome!

The Central Coast Jazz Festival (CCJF) is a competitive jazz festival hosted by Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo for Middle School, High School and College/University Big Bands and Combos. Last year we had great bands with an excellent judging panel and the Dave Douglas Quartet (Adam Benjamin, Kaveh Rastegar, Jason Harnell) was amazing. Even though it is still to be decided who the guest artst is it promises to be a great experience for everyone involved.

The festival date has been set for March 9th and 10th. All of the performances on Friday March 9th will have a judging pannel and receive clinics, but may or may not have published scores according to how the divisions work out across the two days.

Usually we have a guest artist that will perform Friday night of the festival with the Cuesta Jazz groups, and on Saturday they will give a free clinic at noon and also give a concert at 8pm. Stay tuned for more information on this.

On this site you will find information about this year's festival and guest artist, an application and closer to the festival a schedule of bands. After the festival it will be possible to check back and see each band's scores.

Jazz at Cuesta College

Cuesta college has a long history of excellence in jazz education. We have students transfer to the most of the best jazz schools in the Western United States and many even with scholarships! Here are just a few of the reasons why a talented jazz student might consider starting at Cuesta College:

  • Award winning ensembles: two big bands and eight combos!
  • Only Jazz Studies AA program in California!
  • Free-private lesson program (applied music) for all music majors with professional musicians on all major instruments
  • Amazing Recording Arts Program and studio
  • Our great facilities and sound
  • Located right on Highway 1 between San Luis Obispo and beautiful Morro Bay

If you have any questions about Cuesta College or our festival please don't hesitate to contact me or our Festival Coordinator, Bea Anderson and be sure to check out our "Cuesta Performing Arts Page" on the left to see what is happening here at Cuesta.

Thanks, and I look forward to seeing you here.

Ron McCarley
Director of Jazz Studies/Festival Coordinator
(805) 546-3100 x2445

site last updated 8/30/17

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