The Glenn Miller Orchestra in "Sun Valley Serenade"

The Glenn Miller Orchestra may have put Chattanooga on the swing charts in the 1940s, but the jazz tradition has continued to this day with the Choo Choo Jazz Fest.

Formally known as the Chattanooga Traditional Jazz Festival, the three-day music weekend will take place May 3 to 5 in the Imperial Ballroom of the historical Chattanooga Choo-Choo.

This year’s program will focus on Dixieland-style jazz and feature four bands hailing from California, Massachusetts, Texas and Washington, as well as a jazz brunch and a jazz jam dinner.

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band will supply the classic King Oliver and Louis Armstrong standards, while the Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band will bring the ragtime.

The Wolverine Jazz Band’s sound is more in the traditional and swing vein of Duke Ellington, and the Frisco Jazz Band models its setlist after the ensemble style of the San Francisco Revival.

The Choo Choo Jazz Fest is structured into afternoon and evening blocks of concerts. The jazz brunch will feature a four-piece combo, and the jam dinner’s musical accompaniment will be an all-star band of musicians from each of the four groups. 

In addition, the Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band will host a gospel hour Sunday morning.

Package, general seating and individual session tickets are available at varying prices. Chattanooga jazz enthusiasts can purchase tickets and check out a full schedule at the event's website.