Tom Rigney & Flambeau, San Francisco, USA


Tom Rigney Website
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.


The Terrier Brothers, New Orleans, USA

(Tom Hook & Friends)
Terrier Brothers
Tom has performed at the Penticton Jazz Festival for many years with both the Black Dogs and as a solo performer. This year he returns with two great musicians that he performs with - Eddie Metz Jr. on drums and Bobby Durham on Bass. All three of these guys are Black Dogs Alumni. Look for a mix of very danceable music from this polished group of musicians. There will still be a heavy dose of Tom's usual jump swing and New Orleans party favorites, with the addition of even more straight ahead jazz and Latin styles. Grab a refreshing Cannery Lakeboat Lager, put on your dancing shoes, and let’s do the Ogopogo Blues!

Gator Nation, Sonoma, CA, USA


Gator Nation Website
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"!

Draga's Dragons, Everywhere, USA

Draga's Dragons,
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 trio featuring gifted, emotional players with a touch of stand up comedy?

The Original Wildcat Jass Band, Arizona, USA



Original Wildcat Jass Band Website
Comprised of six of the finest musicians in Arizona, offers traditional New Orleans and Chicago jazz, performed in a spirit and style that is true to its musical roots and wildly popular with audiences around the southwest United States. Their energetic performances are sizzling with musical energy and steeped in good humor. These "doctors of jazz" have found the cure for the common blues - it's red-hot jazz, and it's contagious!

Lance Buller, Tacoma, WA, USA

Lance Buller

Lance Buller Website
A regular at the Pentastic Jazz Festival. Lance was named "most outstanding musician at his high school". 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. He prefers being on stage in a performing capacity and is often featured with show-biz Greats. "There is nothing like being on stage with a hot band behind you and a great crowd to entertain. That is why I am here!"

Black Swan Classic Jazz Band, Oregon, USA

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.

Black Swan Classic Jazz Band Website

Blackstick, Chilliwack, BC

Blackstick
Dixieland, early jazz styles, ragtime and old-time gospel music Blackstick is the union of a grandfather-grandson team of clarinet players. Lloyd Arntzen, the band's senior member, instructed his grandson Evan in classic jazz clarinet from the time Evan was seven years old and has been a mainstay on the Western Canadian Jazz scene since the 50's. Blackstick is primarily dedicated to playing the music of one of jazz's most powerful forces, Sidney Bechet, as well as other New Orleans Jazz clarinet greats. Both possessing charismatic vocal talents, Evan and Lloyd Arntzen will be accompanied by some of Vancouver's most swingin' musicians. This powerhouse jazz band is not to be missed!.

Blackstick Music

Grand Dominion Jazz Band, Canada & USA

Grand Dominion Jazz Band

Grand Dominion Jazz Band Website
The Grand Dominion Jazz Band came together in 1982 as the musical vision of Vancouver banjoist Mike Cox, immigrant to Canada from Wales, who was steeped in the music of the New Orleans revivalist musicians such as George Lewis, Bunk Johnson, Kid Ory, Baby Dodds and others. Mike and his expatriate friends in Vancouver had grown up in the UK listening to Ken Colyer, Chris Barber, Humphrey Lyttelton, and others on the trad jazz scene. Mike decided to put a band of like-minded players together from both sides of the Canada - US border, a band that embodies all the rough-and-ready, hard-driving, ensemble playing characteristics of the revivalist bands.

Faculty, Penticton, BC, Canada

Faculty Jazz Band

Faculty is an eclectic group of musicians from the Okanagan Valley, BC. The group was brought together for "Jazzcool", a summer jazz school in Penticton that is designed to get youth excited about jazz. This is the 9th year of this successful program. Faculty is comprised mainly by our local school and private music educators.

"The best Jazz party in the Pacific Northwest!"