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Catalina JazzTrax Festival

The annual Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival, one of the west coast’s foremost fall music events and premier smooth jazz festival returns to Catalina Island every October.  JazzTrax is a four-day, two-weekend showcase of contemporary jazz entertainment, featuring the newest and best in smooth jazz.  The Festival, which takes place the second and third weekend in October, is held in the legendary Casino Ballroom on Catalina Island, with special Thursday performances held at the ocean-side setting of Descanso Beach. 

Twenty of the smooth jazz genre's top performers will be on hand for this year's event. Ten different acts will appear each weekend, with both afternoon and evening concerts scheduled. 

In addition to the Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances, a special pre-weekend Thursday evening jazz performance of Unplugged Under the Stars is held at the Descanso Beach Club.

For additional details of tickets and performances, go to www.jazztrax.com.



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