Our Headliner

Danny Janklow Quintet

The California Jazz & Wine Fest is pleased to support important jazz and music education organizations, such as The Jazz Education Network (JEN) as well as local area high school music programs.

A Brief History of Jazz (Provided by JEN).

Jazz is the United States of America’s classical music, and its greatest musical contribution to the world. It could have only been born in the USA where the music of Africa, the Caribbean and Europe came together in New Orleans, Louisiana in the early part of the 20th century.

After jazz was first recorded in 1917 and then broadcast on radio starting in the 1920s, it spread through the Great Migration from New Orleans, to Chicago, New York, Kansas City, Los Angeles and other parts of the USA as well as the rest of the world. Its improvisational elements were born from the call and response and polyrhythms of Africa, and incorporated blues, folk, ragtime, marching band music, swing, bebop, hard bop, cool, fusion and music from Latin America.

Along the path of its development it has incorporated elements of popular music, rock and roll, funk, rhythm and blues and new age. Jazz is always new and evolving and many cities throughout the world host annual jazz fest. Because jazz is like wine, in that it comes in many different varietals, the pairing of jazz and wine in the California Jazz & Wine Fest is the perfect blend of fine music with the fruits of the earth.