This year’s Festival 2023 poster “Come on up for Air” was created by Blue Jay Jazz members, Mary Lindsey & Chris Levister.


The thrill of live jazz in paradise…


The Blue Jay Jazz Foundation’s Festival 2023 will be presenting an amazing lineup of world class jazz, big band, and dazzling virtuoso musicians.

The BJJF is one of the most scenic jazz festivals for fans to enjoy taking place lakeside in the majestic mountains of Southern California. “This is a respite for music lovers to swing and dance away the blues”, says Chris Levister, Blue Jay Jazz Foundation Board President.

The immersive 3-day live jazz experience included two evenings; Thursday and Friday, August 24 & 25 at Arrowhead Lake Association’s Tavern Bay Beach Club. Evening lineups included Grammy Nominated, Lisa Haely and The Zydekats for a fun fill concert of Americana/Cajun/Zydeco music and Lao Tizer Band featuring Grammy Award-winning Eric Marienthal, and the sultry vocals of Maiya Sykes.

Thursday evening musical performances also included the award-winning Cal Baptist University Jazz Ensemble with special guest performances by the 2023 Blue Jay Jazz Foundation Future Generation Jazz Scholars.

Saturday, August 26 the party moved to Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa for a early afternoon of live jazz with Grammy Award-winning George Whitty and the George Whitty Trio & Friends in the grand ballroom.

Best of all, the 2023 Jazz Festival is for a good cause – Proceeds help provide instruments, equipment and music making opportunities for our local youth.

August 24 – ALA Tavern Bay
Grammy Nominated Lisa Haley and The Zydekats
Cal Baptist Jazz Ensemble
2023 Future Generation Jazz Scholars

August 25 – ALA Tavern Bay
Lao Tizer Band
featuring Grammy winning
Eric Marienthal

August 26 – Resort & Spa
Grammy winning, George Whitty, Keyboardist
George Whitty Trio

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General Information for ALA Tavern Bay Event

Thursday, August 24 & Friday, August 25

Parking: There are several ALA lots around the venue. There is no parking in the Tavern Bay Beach Club parking lot because that is where the concerts are being held. Parking Attendants will meet your car as you pull up to Tavern Bay and direct you to park or to where you can drop off individuals or picnic supplies. Assisted parking available upon request.

Check-in: If you purchased tickets through Ticket Leap print out your tickets so they can be quickly scanned. You will receive a wristband at check-in. Main check-in at the walk-in gate near the ALA’s East Parking Lot.

What to Bring: A jacket or wrap, hat, flashlight, and water. For more information visit the festival website at or call (909) 366-6955.

General Information for the Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa

Saturday, August 26

Food & Beverages: (CASH ONLY) enjoy a selection of fresh baked goods, salads, sandwiches, veggies, desserts and more. No host bar (CASH ONLY) will offer wine, cocktails and refreshing non-alcoholic beverages.

Parking: There is free parking in the Lake Arrowhead Resort lot for event guests.

Check-in: To reach concert check-in, walk into the main Resort lobby and walk left around the registration counter, down the wide lobby stairway, pass the pool and directly out into the umbrella covered venue.

Support the Blue Jay Jazz Foundation

We know times are challenging, and we are grateful to each of you for sticking by us. Our education programs provide annual jazz education scholarships, awards, instrument lending and live performance opportunities for students and other young people in the San Bernardino Mountain communities. We also believe that festivals in general, and the Blue Jay Jazz Festival specifically, are an incredible gathering of community around amazing music – it brings joy to our lives, and solace to our souls.

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