Great Western Jazz Festivals
Check out this variety of venues
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Jazz on the River
Sep 10–11. On the Russian River at Johnson’s Beach. Food and small coolers okay. Tickets from $43. www.rrfestivals.com or 510/655-9471.
Jazz at the Bowl
Jul 13–Aug 31. Food, beverages, and coolers okay. Tickets from $1. www.hollywoodbowl.com or 323/850-2000.
Kaslo Jazz Etc. Summer Music Festival
Jul 29–31. On the beach at Kootenay Lake; performers include Jesse Cook, Colin Linden, Paul Peress Trio, Sekoya, and Ernie Watts and New Story. Food and coolers okay. Tickets from $31 U.S. (before Jul 1). www.kaslojazzfest.com or 250/353-7577.
LONG BEACH, CA
Long Beach Jazz Festival
Aug 12–14. In a park with a lagoon. Food and coolers okay. Tickets from $40. www.longbeachjazzfestival.com or 562/424-0013.
PARK CITY, UT
Park City Jazz Festival
Aug 26–28. At the Deer Valley amphitheater; performers include Trio of Stanley Clarke, Bela Fleck, and Jean-Luc Ponty. Food, beverages, and coolers okay. Tickets from $45. www.parkcityjazz.org or 435/940-1362.
Sedona Jazz on the Rocks
Sep 22–25. Various performance sites. Food and coolers okay. Tickets from $40. www.sedonajazz.com or 928/282-1985.
Snowbird Jazz and Blues Festival
Jul 29–30. At Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort. No coolers, but food okay. Tickets from $30. www.snowbird.com or 801/933-2222.
Telluride Jazz Celebration
Aug 5–7. Ron Carter headlines. Food, beverages (no glass containers), and coolers okay. Tickets from $50. www.telluridejazz.com or 970/728-7009.
Vancouver International Jazz Festival
Jun 24–Jul 3. Diana Krall headlines this year. No coolers, but food and beverages okay. Tickets from $9.67 U.S. www.coastaljazz.ca or 604/872-5200.