The Festival at a Glance


The Idyllwild Arts Foundation proudly presents the 23nd annual Jazz in the Pines Festival this August 19th, 20th and 21st, featuring over two dozen bands. Performers and fans of jazz, blues, and R&B have a breathtaking mountain campus to themselves after the departure of the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program’s thousands of arts-lovers and before the first semester of the Foundation’s residential high school, Idyllwild Arts Academy.


Idyllwild’s nearly twenty galleries, featuring work by more than two hundred artists, have earned it a place of honor in John Villani’s The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America. During Jazz in the Pines this wealth of artistic talent is concentrated in our Festival Marketplace, where you can browse jewelry, pottery, and other crafts as well as Festival tee shirts, hats, and posters. The Marketplace also offers a broad range of food and drink options, including Cajun cooking and barbecue, ice cream and smoothies, and much more.

The Great Outdoors

Founded in 1946, Idyllwild Arts Academy is located on 205 acres of forest in the tranquil, artists village of Idyllwild in Southern California’s San Jacinto Mountains.

Here are some fun facts about Idyllwild:

  • – Prior to 1860, Bands of Cahuilla Indians used to camp in Idyllwild to replenish their winter food supplies. Large mortars and other artifacts can still be found on the Idyllwild Arts campus today.
  • – The community of Idyllwild has always been a center for arts, artists and art aficionados. Cecil B. DeMille filmed one of his earliest films, “The Girl of the Golden West” and in 1961, Elvis Presley came to Idyllwild to film the musical, “Kid Galahad.”

















Official 2016 Posters

This year, choose your favorite, or collect all four.


2016 Line-Up

Patrons VIP Dinner and Dance

The theme of this year’s Patrons Dinner is "Magic in the Forest."

After arriving at the French Quarter, Patrons enter via the red carpet, where the Enchanted Forest awaits.

VIP credentials grant admission to the festival all weekend, and the exclusive Saturday evening Seahawk MOJO Concert in the William M. Lowman Concert Hall, as well as a hand calligraphy name badge.

Patrons will listen and dance to the music of Deanna Bogart, enjoy a Bourbon Bar, taste an exquisite menu dreamed up by Idyllwild Arts Lead Chef Chris Stroud, and take part in a silent auction.

Patrons will be entertained by a “live” painting, magician, and photo booth.

IAF President Pamela Jordan will address the Patrons to kick off the weekend.

At the close of a magical evening under the stars, guests will receive a souvenir Jazz in the Pines tote bag that includes this year’s souvenir glass, Jazz in the Pines program, VIP Parking Pass for the weekend, and 70th Anniversary memorabilia.

A truly special and unique evening!

11:00am - 12:15pm
Los Hermanos Arango

Ignacio Arango - Guitar
Feliciano Arango - Bass
Cristina Arango - Vocals
Eugenio Arango - Vocals
Mark Lamson, Jacob Russo &
JP Dietrich - Percussion
Julio Valdes - Keyboards
Paul Viani - Saxophone
Peter Green - Trumpet

Gilbert Castellanos - Trumpet
Robert Dove - Tenor Sax
Joe Bagg - Hammond B-3 Organ
Ryan Shaw - Drums

Graham Dechter - Guitar
Larry Fuller - Piano
Mike Gurrola - Bass
Jeff Hamilton - Drums

Diane Schuur - Vocals & Piano
Ernie Watts - Saxaphone
Lyman Medeiros - Bass
Kevin Winard - Drums

10:30am - 11:45am
Hot Club of L.A.

Jeffrey Paul Ross - Lead Guitar
Peter Kavanaugh - Second Guitar
Carl Byron - Accordion
Paul Eckman - Bass
Jim Doyle - Drums

Greg Jones - Piano & Vocals
Dave Pruitt - Guitar
Toby Williams - Drums
Wynell Montgomery - Woodwinds
Irwin Williams - Bass
Ken Meredith - Trumpet
Special Guest: Tequila Williams - Vocals
Sandy Visser-Jones & Patti Pruitt - B/U Vocals

Gilbert Hansen - Bass, Harmonica & Vocals
Rick Cowling - Guitar, Keys & Vocals
Lenny Hansell - Guitar & Vocals
Sal Frisura - Drums & Vocals

Yve Evans - Piano & Vocals
Bradley Austin Bobo - Bass & Vocals
Larry Washington - Drums & Vocals

10:45am - 11:45am
Joshua White + CODES

Joshua White - Piano, Compositions
Dean Hulett - Bass
Jonathan Pinson - Drums
Dwight Trible - Vocal / Spoken Word
Josh Johnson - Alto Sax

Gregory Page - Vocals & Guitar
Sky Ladd - Piano
Josh Hermsmeier - Drums

Rose Mallett - Vocals
Ron Kobayashi - Piano
Baba Elefante - Bass
Steve Dixon - Drums

Andy Clausen - Trombone
Willem de Koch - Trombone
Zubin Hensler - Trumpet
Riley Mulherkar - Trumpet

Sakura Tsai - Violin
David Mergen - Violoncello
Stephen Pfeifer - Contrabass
Diana Morgan - Flutes
Jennifer Stevenson - Clarinets
Jeanette Louise Yaryan - Piano

11:00am - 12:15pm
Yve Evans & V.I.P.

Voices in Praise Gospel Choir

Lori Bell - Flute
Bill Cunliffe - Piano
Katie Thiroux - Bass
Matt Witek - Drums

Featuring Special Guest Performances

10:30am - 11:45am
Steph Johnson Quartet

Steph Johnson - Vocals and Guitar
Rob Thorsen - Upright Bass
Fernando Gomez - Drums
Tonga Ross Ma’u - Keyboards

Lisa Haley - Violin & Lead Vocals
David Fraser - Accordion, Harmonica, Keyboards & Vocals
Andy Anders - Bass & Vocals
Cameron Tyler - Drums, Rubboard & Percussion

Chuck Alvarez - Guitar & Vocals
Bill Saita - Bass
Jeff Olsen - Drums
Vince Denham - Saxophone

Steven Ebner - Trumpet
April West - Trombone
JP Balmat - Baritone & Alto Saxes
David Jackson - Tenor Sax
Wayne Rice - Sousaphone
Ron Bocian - Snare Drum & Cymbals
Drew Miller - Bass Drum

10:30am - 11:30am
Robin Adler and Mutts of the Planet

Robin Adler - Vocals
Dave Blackburn - Guitars & Backup Vocals
Paul Carman - Saxes
Don Reed - Guitar & Lap Steel
Bill Saitta - Bass
Jeff Olson - Drums

Steve Distanislao - Leader & Drums
Paul Carman - Saxophones
Carl Verheyan - Guitars
Mark Massey - Keyboards
Kevin Axt - Basses

Lorraine Castellanos - Guitar & Vocals
Evona Wascinski - Bass
Claudia Gomez Vorce - Percussion & Tap Dance

Theo Sanders - Piano
Justin Thomas - Vibraphone
Henry Franklin - Bass
Willie Jones III - Drums

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Event Tickets

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Saturday Admission
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  • Friday Evening Dinner/Dance Party
  • Preferred Parking
  • Preferred Seating in the Main Amphitheater
  • Saturday & Sunday Admission
  • Special Saturday Patrons Only Concert
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Festival Guide

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  • Idyllwild Arts Foundation
    52500 Temecula Rd.
    Idyllwild, CA 92549
  • 951.468.7210
  • 10:00am - 6:00pm

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The 23rd annual Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines is a jazz-inspired fundraising event aimed at raising funds for the students and programs of Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Program. Celebrating a weekend of music, food, and culture.