Bakersfield Jazz Festival postponed until 2020

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Bakersfield Jazz Festival postponed until 2020

The Poncho Sanchez Band headlines day two of the 2018 Bakersfield Jazz Festival. Photo by Richard Gonzales / The Runner

The Poncho Sanchez Band headlines day two of the 2018 Bakersfield Jazz Festival. Photo by Richard Gonzales / The Runner

The Poncho Sanchez Band headlines day two of the 2018 Bakersfield Jazz Festival. Photo by Richard Gonzales / The Runner

The Poncho Sanchez Band headlines day two of the 2018 Bakersfield Jazz Festival. Photo by Richard Gonzales / The Runner


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CSU Bakersfield has canceled the Bakersfield Jazz Festival for 2019. According to a statement released by the university, the President’s Investiture will celebrate the Taste of Bakersfield in place of the festival.

Jim Scully, director of the Bakersfield Jazz Festival, announced on a Facebook post that the festival is postponed until 2020. “The week of BJF is filled with events at CSUB this year honoring the new CSUB President,” stated Scully. “We are taking a year to reinvent and re-imagine our event.” 

The Bakersfield Jazz Festival has taken place for the past 32 years and has raised over $350,000 in scholarships for CSUB students.