Tickets Now On Sale For Choo Choo Jazz Fest

Friday, March 15, 2013

Tickets are now on sale for the Choo Choo Jazz Fest May 3-5, at the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo Imperial Ballroom. This traditional jazz festival has been bringing Dixieland jazz to the city for over 20 years (previously under the name Chattanooga Traditional Jazz Festival). 

The prices for tickets vary upon the location of the seating and can be purchased at or by calling 596-1388 during business hours. The three-day weekend package price for the Preferred Gold ticket is $200, which is located in the front and center of the stage. The Preferred Silver ticket, which is $175, offers great views and sound. Finally, general seating tickets are $150. Tickets for individual sessions can be purchased for $45.

There is also the option of just buying a ticket to the Jazz Brunch on Saturday, May 4, from 10-11:30 a.m. for $28, or to the Jazz Jam Dinner on Sunday, May 5, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., which is $35.  

This year, the Choo Choo Jazz Fest will feature Dixieland jazz by four traditional jazz bands including The Jim Cullum Jazz Band, the Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band, the Wolverine Jazz Band, and the Frisco Jazz Band.  

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band, from San Antonio Texas, is distinguished for playing the classic jazz associated with King Oliver and Louis Armstrong. The Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band from Seattle Washington, specializes in authentic sounding Dixieland jazz and ragtime.  

The Wolverine Jazz Band from Boston, Massachusetts, features fantastic arrangements of traditional jazz and swing from Duke Ellington and many more. Finally, the Frisco Jazz Band from San Anselmo, California, plays the exciting music of the master jazz composers in the straight-ahead, robost, full-bodied ensemble jazz style of the San Francisco Revival pioneered by Lu Watters and Turk Murphy. 

Choo Choo Jazz Fest is a production of Chattanooga Presents. To make room reservations at the Chattanooga Choo Choo, call 800.872-2529 and ask for Code l3JAZ for special rates.  

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