Jazz Bash by the Bay

March 3 - 5, 2017

This page has all the events that took place in 2016. Bookmark this page and return to get information about 2017's events!

Jazz Bash by the Bay, a wall-to-wall weekend of vintage jazz and swing, is celebrating its 36th anniversary at the Portola Hotel & Spa in downtown Monterey. The festival brings together the many colorful forms of the roots of early jazz: Dixieland, traditional jazz, swing, gypsy jazz, ragtime, blues and zydeco. Four performance stages operate simultaneously complete with dance floors.

Bands and Artists

Dozens of guest bands, artists and youth bands perform throughout the weekend. Featured acts include Ivory & Gold, Crescent Katz, the Blue Street Jazz Band, the Yve Evans Trio and more.


Experience a full weekend party of early jazz with an All-Event badge for $95 until December 31, 2015. The price goes up on January 1st to $105. Planning on dropping by for one day only? Friday and Sunday are $45 each and Saturday is $60. High school students and younger are free. Click here to purchase badges online.

Jazz Bash by the Bay Hotels

Several hotels are conveniently located in downtown Monterey and walking distance to the event including the Portola Hotel & Spa, Monterey Marriott, and Hotel Pacific.