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Great Swing Concert!!!l
     Sue Palmer and her Motel Swing continue to attract enthusiastic crowds.  The band plays blues, swing, boogie woogie and jazz standards at clubs, park concerts and events across San Diego and throughout California.   Motel Swing is one of the most popular bands in the AFCDJS monthly concert series and at the SD Jazz Fest where they are an integral part of the Saturday night “Swing Extravaganza.”  Their excellent mix of tempos and a strong beat help to make the band a favorite of dancers no matter what ones style may be.
     Led by the “Queen of Boogie Woogie” on piano, the other Motel Swingers are: April West, trombone; Jonny Viau, tenor sax; Steve Wilcox, guitar; Pete Harrison, bass; Sharon Shufelt, drums; Deejha Marie and Sharifah, vocals.
Sunday, October 20 
1 PM–4 PM
Get into the mood for the 40th annual SD Jazz Fest


Lafayette Hotel

Mississippi Room!!

2223 El Cajon Blvd. 

San Diego, CA

 Bar Service. Food available. Wooden Dance Floor.

Members –$15.  Non members Welcome–$20. 

Under 30–$8  

November 17, 2019  – Titanic Jazz Band
December 2019 – No Concert
January 16, 2019 – 

Hot Jazz Instructors from the Jazz Camp 2019

by Nick on May 5, 2019

Gator By The Bay- Just a few days away!
4 Big Days of Live Music!  – 100+ Performances on 7 Stages!

Don’t Miss The Fun!
Advance Tickets Available On-line
Multi-day Passes Still Discounted
Get Tickets On-line. Don’t Wait in Line!

Christmas On The Prado 2018

by Nick on November 26, 2018

Mark your calendar. This year’s annual holiday festival in San Diego’s Balboa Park will take place December 7 and December 8, 2018.

Christmas on The Prado has it all – from holiday lights and seasonal music to dancers and tasty winter treats.

The free weekend festival will return for its 41st year with free admission to museums on Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

December Nights started in 1978 as part of “Christmas on the Prado” in Balboa Park, a small holiday celebration put together by a dozen institutions along El Prado. The crowds and event grew over the decades and, in 2002, it was renamed December Nights. But those of us that have been going to since it’s inseption still call it Christmas on The Prado!

Each year, it signals the start of the festive season in San Diego, drawing families from all over the county to the heart of the city. It continues to be the largest free community event in San Diego.

If you drive, be prepared to wait for a parking space, as lots fill up quickly. The only free parking lot is at the San Diego Zoo. Otherwise, paid parking options will be offered at the Natural History Museum lot ($25 per car), the South Carousel lot ($25 per car) and the Inspiration Point parking lot ($20 per car).

Free shuttle rides to Christmas on The Prado will also be offered. More information will be released closer to the event date.

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System will offer its trolley and bus services around Balboa Park.


Saturday Night at the 39th Annual San Diego Jazz Fest is the Swing Extravaganza, which includes nearly 10 hours of live swing music, performances, and a dance contest with a cash prize.

Michael Gamble and The Rhythm Serenaders
The Mad Hat Hucksters
The Big Butter Jazz Band
Sue Palmer’s Motel Swing Orchestra
Sweethearts of Swing with the High Society Jazz Orchestra

Day and Evening Tickets will be available at the event:
Saturday Day Badge: $55
Saturday Evening After 5 PM: $35

Under 30 Discounts Available!

To Purchase a Multi-Day Badge in Advance, go to:

To see a full schedule of the SD Jazz Fest, go to: