What started as a 10-day series of jazz concerts held on the back of a flatbed truck and at venues all around the City of Clearwater, has evolved into a major international jazz festival and draw for tens of thousands of visitors. Now in its 35th year, the Clearwater Jazz Holiday is a world-class gathering of the some of the greatest talents and greatest fans of music & jazz. The event takes full advantage of its home in Clearwater, Florida, offering music and art against the backdrop of warm breezes, brilliant sunsets and one of the world’s greatest beaches, on the Gulf of Mexico.
Over its 34 year history, the Clearwater Jazz Holiday has featured such legendary talents as Tony Bennett, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Mann, Dave Brubeck, Tito Puente, Stephan Grappelli, Stan Getz, and the Count Basie Orchestra, to name only a few. Today’s most popular and innovative jazz stars have also made stops in Clearwater, including Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Al Dimeola, Kevin Mahogany, Hiroshima, Julian Coryell, the Rippingtons, Spyro Gyra, Acoustic Alchemy, Herbie Hancock, Paquito D’Rivera with New York Voices, Rick Braun, The Neville Brothers, Branford Marsalis, Stanley Clarke – Bela Fleck – Jean-Luc Ponty, Koko Taylor , Boney James, Kenny G, Manhattan Transfer, Buckwheat Zydeco, George Benson, Joe Sample, David Sanborn, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Patti Austin, Natalie Cole, Medeski Martin & Wood, Peabo Bryson, Norman Brown, Jeff Lorber, Marion Meadows, Al Jarreau, Chris Botti, Soulive, Dr. John, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Brian Culbertson, Maceo Parker, Trombone Shorty, Kevin Eubanks, Dianne Reeves, Esperanza Spalding, The Avett Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, Tower of Power, Average White Band, Larry Carlton, Paul Brown, Brandi Carlile and Chicago.
Check out this year’s festival schedule Clearwater Jazz Holiday