When you hear the bouncy beat of a tuba, the singsong flutter of a clarinet or the high-pitched jangle of a banjo, you’ll know the Jubilee by the Sea has begun.
The three-day event, which has been a fixture in Pismo Beach since 1976, channels the spirits of bygone traditional jazz greats such as Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and, of course, Louis Armstrong.
This year, 20 ragtime and Dixieland bands from around the country will perform more than 100 sets at various venues, beginning Oct. 29. The event will include both local acts and popular touring groups.
“These are some of the most sought-after bands in the nation,” said festival director George Smith.
The event is expected to attract around 2,000 people, many who will arrive early to camp.
“We get a lot of RVers,” said Smith, who will perform in the band Clam Chowder.
While the event promises to feature great jazz music, we’ve found that it also spotlights some interesting people. With that in mind, here are the top 10 factoids about the musicians appearing at the Jubilee:
Three members of the Blue Street Jazz Band are teachers — two band directors and one elementary school music teacher.
Inspired by Pat Boone, Cal Poly’s jazz bands (includes Cal Poly Big Jazz Band) once performed a set of hard rock and metal tunes, including “Paradise City” by Guns N’ Roses, “Enter Sandman” by Metallica,” “Smoke on the Water” by Deep Purple and “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin.