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Concord Jazz Festival Returns for 50th Anniversary

Last held in 2004, the festival will feature Chick Corea and the Count Basie Orchestra

Concord Jazz Festival 2019

After a 15-year hiatus, the Concord Jazz Festival will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, Calif., with featured artists such as Chick Corea, the Count Basie Orchestra, and more.

Last held in 2004, the festival is known for having had a direct impact on the founding of the Concord Jazz record label, which was launched in 1973 and has gone on to great success in the industry.

“The creation of this festival by visionary Carl Jefferson in 1969 led directly to his formation of the Concord Jazz label just a few years later,” Concord Records president John Burk said in a statement. “Therefore, we at Concord Jazz owe a great debt to Jefferson and the City of Concord, and we are thrilled to partner with Live Nation in bringing the Festival back home for its 50th Anniversary.”

The anniversary lineup includes Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns, Esperanza Spalding, Chick Corea Spanish Heart Band, the Count Basie Orchestra featuring Patti Austin, Jamison Ross, Carmen Bradford, and Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band. More artists will be announced soon.

Tickets are on sale Friday, April 19, starting at 10 a.m. Purchase tickets online at or the Pavilion box office. An exclusive commemorative album of music by the featured artists will be included with every pair of tickets purchased.


For more information on the festival, click here. 

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