Festival Bands

2019 Bands:

Eight traditional Jazz bands, most of whom play festivals all over America, are coming to the Quad Cities Aug. 1st, 2nd, & 3rd for the 48th annual Bix Jazz Festival.  Fans will hear the music of Bix Beiderbecke, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller plus other classic Jazz icons.  

Three of the eight are All-Star bands.  Raconteur & pianist Jeff Barnhart returns with all-stars like Hal Smith on the drums and world-renown clarinetist Dave Bennett.  The Hot Jazz Collective brings a spirit of spontaneity and excitement to each performance, combined with a tremendous respect for, and an unparalleled knowledge of, the music of the Jazz pioneers.  Barnhart, Smith & Bennett will also break out as the Benny Goodman Trio

Davenport’s famous drummer, Josh Duffee will grab top talent from around the country to make up his Graystone Monarchs.  Miss Jubilee returns from St. Louis.  The New Red Onion Jazz Babies from Kansas City return after a long absence.  New this year is the NOLA Jazz Band from Des Moines, plus Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles coming in from Denver. Local favorite Manny Lopez will appear for one night.  

Opening night, Aug. 1st, is a fundraiser for the Bix Youth Band, which plays under the direction of long-time QCA musician Steve Little.  As you’ll see on the Home page, under the PDF or Word documents, there is a new ticket offering for Thurs.-Sat. (“All Festival”), vs. “Weekend pass.”

The festival’s main stage will be at the Rhythm City Casino at 70th & Elmore Ave.  Bands will also play Friday night Aug. 2nd at LeClaire Park on Davenport’s riverfront and possibly one more Quad City location.  

The President of the Society’s Board of Directors, Steve Trainor says, “this is the longest running music festival in the Quad Cities, and ranks high on the longevity chart for both Iowa and Illinois, thanks to fans both here and around the world.  For 48 years, Bix still lives!”