The Clearwater Jazz Holiday is a world-class, four-day, four-night live-music festival, enjoyed by over 35,000 people the third week of every October — and is now in its 40th year!
This fantastic event has evolved from a series of concerts on the back of a flatbed truck and at venues around Clearwater into an annual, international music festival that draws tens of thousands of visitors each year to beautiful Coachman Park in Clearwater, against the backdrop of the Gulf of Mexico and one of the world’s greatest beaches.
The festival features a lively combination of legendary musical artists and a gathering of an amazingly diverse fan base. Over its 39-year history, a long and impressive list of legendary jazz talents have performed here — including Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Mann, Dave Brubeck, Tito Puente, Stephane Grappelli, Stan Getz, and the Count Basie Orchestra.
The Jazz Holiday’s diverse modern-day line-up covers a wide array of musical styles — straight ahead and smooth jazz, swing, blues, jamband, rock, folk, Americana, funk, and Zydeco — and showcases a new generation of artists, emerging stars, and classic legends. Stars have included Tony Bennett, Earth, Wind & Fire, Bonnie Raitt, The Avett Brothers, Brandi Carlile, Esperanza Spalding, Marcus Roberts, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Soulive, Christian McBride, Bela Fleck, Boney James, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Gladys Knight, Kool & The Gang, UB40, Grace Potter, Sheryl Crow, Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins. This year, with a lineup that includes Chicago, Alison Krauss, Boyz II Men, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Soul Rebels, Yonder Mountain String Band & Marcia Ball (just to name a few), the festival is sure to be a record breaker.
Wine and beer will be available for purchase and there will be over 20 food vendors at the event, so don’t worry about hunger pangs. For complete information and to purchase tickets (which include general admission, reserved or VIP seats), visit clearwaterjazz.com.
The 40th Anniversary Clearwater Jazz Holiday is presented by HCI Group Inc.