Annual Davis Jazz & Beat Festival

The Ultimate Music, Art and Poetry Collaboration
October 11-12, 2019

The only festival of its kind in America! A collaboration between poets, jazz musicians and painters. Still, after 10 years the only completely free festival on the west coast. The Beat goes on! Experience an intimate festival filled with poetry readings and painting improvisation set to the rhythm of live jazz. This is a unique opportunity for attendees to experience exclusive performances by well-known jazz musicians, jazz painters, and poets. There will be over 200 musicians and poets performing.

This 10th annual event is the premier collaborative festival in the region. Combining visual art and music, the event will feature jazz musicians and painters simultaneously creating improvisational artworks. Our two live venues will feature the artists working at a rapid pace in a public venue — a unique and exclusive privilege for the audience.

Davis Jazz and Beat Festival

“Those for whom the San Francisco Beat phenomenon is merely the stuff of legend can get a taste of the real thing in an all-day conference sponsored by the John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis.”

– Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle


“After an unfettered conference in Davis draws attention to West Coast practitioners, a Getty Institute panel will look at L.A.’s role.”

– Scott Timberg, LA Times

2019 Lineup

Friday, October 13th, 2017, 6:30 pm – 10pm

Jack Kerouac Poetry Contest with live music by Tony Passarell Trio. The winners will be announced and perform live.

Saturday, October 14th, 2017 2 pm – 9pm

Headliners at 7:30pm: Bobby Bradford Quartet, featuring Vinny Golia, Tina Raymond Sand David Tranchina. The Year of the Trumpet with Bill Ortiz, Darren Johnston, Hal Forman and more!

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Outdoor Stage
2:00pm Alan Ernst Quartet
3:00pm Byron Colbron Trio and performance painting by Laura Hohlwein
4:00pm Heath Proskin Quartet and performance painting by Laura Hohlwein
5:00pm Alex Jenkins Trio

Indoor Stage
2:00pm – Triism
3:00pm – Hal Forman / Michael Smolens Duo
4:00pm – Rent Romus Trio with Scott Walton & Donald Robinson
5:00pm – Exploring Miles with special guest Bill Ortiz
6:00pm – Dinner Break
7:00pm – Featured Poet, Indigo Moor
7:30pm – Bobby Bradford and the Vinny Golia Quartet

This year don’t miss Bobby Bradford Quartet, featuring Vinny Golia, Tina Raymond Sand David Tranchina. Bobby Bradford is a very important American Jazz musician, band leader and composer. He has worked with notable musicians such as Ornette Coleman and John Carter. Also, playing this year, The Year of the Trumpet, with Bill Ortiz, Darren Johnston, Hal Forman and more! Bill Ortiz is well known as being the trumpet player for Santana and is one of the most in demand players in the San Francisco Bay area. He has performed and recorded with a diverse group of artists such as The Dramatics, Destiny’s Child, En Vogue, Cecil Taylor and Johnny “Guitar” Watson to name a few!

In collaboration with the jazz musicians, painter Laura Hohlwein will be painting in harmony with the live music.

The festival will also feature the Jack Kerouac Annual Poetry contest where winners collaborate with musicians on Friday October 13th!