Welcome to the online home of the Bakersfield Jazz Festival

This iconic event has been a fixture of springtime in Bakersfield for 30 years. We are so happy to be able to welcome the entire community to the beautiful campus of CSU Bakersfield for fun, food, drink, and music!

2017 artists

2017 Annual Bakersfield Jazz Festival

CSU Bakersfield Amphitheater 04/28/2017 & 04/29/2017

Featuring Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, a GRAMMY nominated trumpeter, composer, and music executive Scott is a proponent of what has been dubbed, "Stretch Music", a genre-blind musical language that attempts to stretch jazz's rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic conventions to encompass as many other musical styles and cultures as possible.


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Past Scholarship Winners

Scholarship Winner

Phil Ohe Memorial Scholarship

Guitarist Matt Parziale accepts the Phil Ohe scholarship which is awarded annually to an important member of the CSUB Jazz Program who plays either guitar or bass.

Scholarship Winner

Brighthouse Scholarship

Zoe Zanoff incoming freshman music major and french horn player received a $1,000 scholarship from Brighthouse Networks, a longtime supporter of BJF!


Buy BJF Tickets at VALLITIX

For over 10 years Vallitix has been the ticketing agent for the Bakersfield Jazz Festival.
Contact them via the web or by phone (888) 825-5484 or (661) 322-5200 to get tickets for the 31st Annual Bakersfield Jazz Festival.
Be sure to ask them about individual seats at VIP tables. ** Pre-sale tickets are available NOW! **

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