The Central Coast Jazz Festival (CCJF) is a competitive jazz festival hosted by Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo for Middle School, High School and College/University Big Bands and Combos. Last year we had great bands with an excellent judging panel and the Dave Douglas Quartet (Adam Benjamin, Kaveh Rastegar, Jason Harnell) was amazing. This year we are going to have the amazing Bob Reynolds as our guest artist and you won't want to miss it!

The festival date has been set for March 9th and 10th. All of the performances on Friday March 9th will have a judging pannel and receive clinics, but may or may not have published scores according to how the divisions work out across the two days.

We will have BOB REYNOLDS perform Friday night of the festival with the Cuesta Jazz groups, and on Saturday they will give a free clinic at noon.

In the green box on the left you will find links about this year's festival and guest artist, an application and closer to the festival 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 the most 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!
  • Only Jazz Studies AA program 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 Peters (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) 546-3100 x2445