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September 8-10, 2017 in Penticton, B.C.​​

2017 Line-Up
  1. Dave Bennett &                     The Memphis Speed Kings
    Dave Bennett & The Memphis Speed Kings
    The Memphis Boys play the vintage Rockabilly and Rock 'n' Roll music of Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Chuck Berry and others. The band was formed in 2009, when jazz clarinetist Dave Bennett and drummer Hal Smith discovered a mutual admiration for the music of "The Killer" -- Jerry Lee Lewis. In addition to his talent as a clarinet virtuoso, Dave is also an ace "pumpin' piano man" in the Jerry Lee tradition. Hal has played with many of the best traditional jazz and swing bands in the U.S., but also enjoys playing old school Rockabilly style drums. Look for a room full of happy Rockabilly fans and a dance floor with a "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" and you have found the Memphis Speed Kings!
  2. Tom Rigney & Flambeau
    Tom Rigney & Flambeau
    Flambeau specializes in fiery Cajun and Zydeco two-steps, low-down blues, funky New Orleans grooves, and heartbreakingly beautiful ballads and waltzes. Most of the repertoire is composed by Rigney, but they also mix in a few classics from the Cajun/Zydeco/New Orleans songbook. And if, along the way, you pick up a trace of Rigney's Irish roots or a little Swing and roots Rock and Roll, it just makes the musical gumbo that much tastier..
  3. Cornet Chop Suey
    Cornet Chop Suey
    The Cornet Chop Suey Jazz Band has enjoyed a meteoric rise in popularity since its arrival on the jazz scene in 2001. Best known for a wide variety of styles, Cornet Chop Suey applies its own exciting style to traditional jazz, swing, blues and "big production" numbers. Every performance by Cornet Chop Suey is a high-energy presentation and is always a memorable experience for the audience.
  4. Black Swan Classic Jazz Band
    Black Swan Classic Jazz Band
    Dixieland, early jazz styles, ragtime and old-time gospel music Black Swan is a fun, artistic group that specializes in Dixieland, early jazz styles, ragtime and old-time gospel. The band loves the hot jazz music of the 1920s and features the sizzling talents of vocalist Marilyn Keller.
  5. Gator Nation
    Gator Nation
    Gator Nation, the West Coast's hardest hitting Zydeco, New Orleans R&B band is a hand-clapping, foot-stomping, high energy concert and dance band. They are known as "The Band With A Beat That Bites". That is because Gator Nation has what it takes. With the same survival instinct as its namesake, Gator Nation continues to adapt itself to its audiences, always with something fresh yet true to its calling. That calling is to represent the music of South Louisiana in all its forms, Cajun, Zydeco, and New Orleans style. The result is a remarkable show with so much variety and depth that at the end of the show, the Gator Nation Band leaves you happy and hollerin' "Gimme Some Mo"!
  6. Bob Draga with Friends
    Bob Draga with Friends
    We welcome back Bob Draga's soaring melodies, inspired improvisations and rich tones. In performance, he and 'his friends' cover music, ranging from ragtime to stride, ballads to bounces, and a surprise or two thrown in! Experience the delightful work and simpatico of a quartet featuring gifted, emotional players with a touch of stand up comedy?
  7. Dave Bennett Quartet
    Dave Bennett Quartet
    A multi-instrument phenomenon, Dave Bennett is a clarinet virtuoso who plays electric guitar, piano, and drums, AND vocalizes. Dave is a blazing clarinet sensation playing the “swing style” of Benny Goodman. Leading His Tribute to Benny Goodman, Dave has been a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops Following his success at the 2016 Pentastic Jazz Festival and numerous requests to have Dave back to the festival, we have him here with both of his bands.
  8. Lance Buller
    Lance Buller
    GUEST ARTIST - A regular at the Pentastic Jazz Festival. In college he started playing with the top rock, jazz and Latin groups in LA. He joined the AFM at the age of 20 (just a few years ago!!!) and almost immediately hit Vegas working the Dunes and Aladdin Casinos. He worked with Little Anthony, Bob Marley and at 24 began a long association with The Beach Boys which included 5 albums and tours to Europe, Australia and of course the U.S. His recording career, which began in 1974, includes 24 albums, including 5 with his own band The Monarchs. "There's nothing like being on stage with a hot band behind you and a great crowd to entertain. That is why I'm here!"
  9. Benny & The Good Men
    Benny & The Good Men
    Keeping the musical traditions of the roaring twenties-and earlier-alive, Benny & the Good Men serves as a tribute to the traditional jazz of Chicago and New Orleans, and the later revival of the 1950's. Formed in the last two years under bandleader Ben MacRae, Benny & the Good Men is a throwback to the days of prohibition, and the hot jazz of the great bandleaders such as Sydney Bechet, Edmund Hall, Bix Beiderbeck and the great Benny Goodman. Although the Good Men play the standard hot jazz repertoire, the band also writes original tunes, and is currently preparing for their first recording, to be released by the summer of 2017.
  10. Cocuzzi Coots Courtet
    Cocuzzi Coots Courtet
    John and Kristy Cocuzzi have taken the classic jazz world by storm. John is a master of vibes, piano, and drums, while Kristy has a passionate sultry voice, and plays fabulous clarinet and sax. They bring lyrics to life through dynamic vocal interpretations of songs from the great composers of the 1930’s and 40’s. Jazz from New York, down to New Orleans, and back up the river to Chicago, taking audiences on fantastic musical journeys each set. Featured with the band are Danny Coots, an international festival favorite. Danny brings his humor and his great ability on the drums to make this music come alive. Featured on bass is Steve Pikal. Steve is without a doubt the world’s happiest musician! Be ready for outstanding music, fun and energy!
  11. Lennart Axelsson and His European All Stars
    Lennart Axelsson and His European All Stars
    Lennart Axelsson is considered to be “the best European jazz trumpet player” around. Combining the almost unlimited technique of James Morrison with the creativity of Clark Terry. For many years Lennart was the lead and solo trumpet player with the James Last Big Band ,touring all over the world and is featured on over one hundred of Last’s recordings with many going gold in Europe. Lennart is now a frequent guest soloist at various jazz festivals and clubs primarily in Europe as well as several appearances in Western Canada where he last played with the Swedish group “Dixie Talks” at this festival in 2012. Throughout his music career he has made guest performances with Chet Baker, Harry Mancini, Bill Horman, Sal Nestiko, Toots Thieleman and others and sitting in with Count Basie, Buddy Rich and Quincy Jones orchestras. This year Lennart is bringing a group of mostly German “All Star” musicians that he frequently plays with calling their style “Happy Jazz”
 Sing ‘N Swing​​ (Penticton Youth Band)

Sing ‘N Swing established  September of 2016, as the Princess Margaret Secondary School Senior Jazz Combo.  It was soon evident that audiences would appreciate these young players playing great music from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.   Fronted by 16 year old Jessica Singleton on vocals, this band plays a Michael Buble style of music. 
Sing ‘N Swing features many great tunes by the Gershwin brothers, Cole Porter and Rodgers and Hart in a modern jazz style. 
Sing ‘N Swing is thrilled to bring back some old favorites performed by a teenaged group.  We hope you enjoy!