Blending jazz and poetry in an intimate setting, the Davis Jazz & Beat Festival is back for its tenth year, bringing artists and musicians together to create and perform in downtown Davis on October 14th from 1 to 10 p.m.
With two lively stages set within and outside of the John Natsoulas Gallery on First and E Streets, experience the captivating, soulful and inspiring atmosphere that only jazz music can bring. Come for the music, but stay for the artful twist that sets the Davis Jazz & Beat Festival apart from the rest – live jazz-inspired art improvisations and beat-themed poetry readings performed throughout the day. Indeed, this one-of-a-kind event evokes and engages the undying spirit of the 1950s and early 1960s American jazz scene.
Headlining this year’s Festival is Bobby Bradford, a nationally-recognized American jazz musician and college professor well-known for his imaginative trumpet and cornet compositions. Catch the Bradford Quartet’s performance on the indoor stage at 7:30 p.m., featuring composer Vinny Golia, percussionist Tina Raymond, and bassist David Tranchina. Other notable performances include an hour-long set by the UC Davis’ Jazz Combo—on the outdoor stage at 4:00 p.m.—and poetry reading by Sacramento’s 2017-2019 Poet Laureate Indigo Moor at 7:00 p.m. on the indoor stage. Find the full schedule of performances below.
If you’d like to get in on the creative action yourself, don’t miss the Jack Kerouac Pre-Festival Poetry Contest on October 13th, which features live music by Tony Passarell Trio. Enter your beat-inspired poem (euphoric, jazzy, extravagant, rhapsodic) for a chance to win a cash prize, the opportunity to read your poem and collaborate with musicians during the festival, and the possibility of being published in the Blue Moon Literary & Art Review. Visit Natsoulas Gallery for additional information about the Davis Jazz & Beat Festival and the Jack Kerouac Poetry Contest.
2 p.m. Alan Ernst Quartet
3 p.m. Byron Colbron Trio
4 p.m. UCD Jazz Combo
5 p.m. Alex Jenkins Trio
2 p.m. Triism
3 p.m. Hal Forman/Michael Smolens Duo
4 p.m. Rent Romus Trio with Scott Walton & Donald Robinson
5 p.m. Exploring Miles! With special guest Bill Ortiz — Dinner Break —
7 p.m. Featured Poet Indigo Moor
7:30 p.m. Bobby Bradford/Vinny Golia Quartet