The Central Coast Jazz Festival (CCJF) is usually a competitive jazz festival hosted by Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo for Middle School, High School and College/University Big Bands and Combos. Two years ago we had the amazing Dave Tull out to work with our bands and that was the weekend that the quarantine began.  The festival had to be shut down at the last minute and I was calling some of you to tell you not to come.  Last year we had a completely different festival planned, but due to difficulties on every side it had to be cancelled too.  So we are more excited than ever to offer the 38th annual Central Coast Jazz Festival.

In the green box on the left you can check out the "Festival Info" to see how we'll do the festival this year, get an application and closer to the festival you can see a schedule of bands. After the festival it will be possible to check back and see each band's scores.

Jazz at Cuesta College

Cuesta College has a long history of excellence in jazz education. We have students transfer to some of the best jazz schools in the Western United States and many even with scholarships! Here are just a few of the reasons why a talented jazz student might consider starting at Cuesta College:

  • Award winning ensembles: two big bands and eight combos!
  • One of only two Jazz Studies AA programs in California!
  • Free-private lesson program (Applied Music) for all music majors with professional musicians on all major instruments
  • Amazing Recording Arts program and studio
  • Modern beautiful sounding facilities
  • Located right on Highway 1 between San Luis Obispo and beautiful Morro Bay


If you have any questions about Cuesta College or our festival, please don't hesitate to contact me or our Festival Coordinator, Michelle Wright (805-546-3195) and be sure to check out our "Cuesta Music Page" on the left to see what is happening here at Cuesta.

Thanks, and I look forward to seeing you here.

Ron McCarley
Director of Jazz Studies/Festival Director
(805) 592-9545