March 07, 2014
When The Blackbird Tavern debuted the Residency last October, the venue pooled the talents of four emerging local jazz acts and presented them on successive Thursdays. Jackie Gage, Mark Arroyo Trio, Brian Ho, and Oscar Pangilinan and the Bad Five turned Blackbird Tavern into a Thursday night destination for music lovers from October through December 2013.
San Jose Jazz is proud to co-present the next Residency series starting February 2014 at San Jose’s latest “third space.” This time out, the Residency shifts its musical focus to four local funk/soul acts. Starting with The JurassiC, the Residency will then feature Quasar Collective, So Timeless, and Super Soul Bros. in successive weeks through the end of April.
Every second and fourth Saturday during the spring and summer, San Jose Jazz presents local and touring jazz artists on the "square" outside of Lou's Village restaurant in Willow Glen. All performances take place on the restaurant's charming patio. Seating may be limited, so feel free to bring your own. Sounds like a great way to spend an afternoon!
If it's Wednesday, it's jazz! On the first and third Wednesdays of every month, witness the liveliest music scene in San Jose at the Jazz Jam at the Hedley, in Hotel De Anza. On other Wednesdays, enjoy concerts in the Fairmont's lovely Lobby Lounge or at Lou's Village in Willow Glen. Admission is always free. Come, relax, and listen to jazz... it's Wednesday!
Every so often we present and promote special concerts apart from our weekly series. Enjoy a special, intimate concert experience with nationally and internationally renowned artists, presented by San Jose Jazz.
Jazz+ performances give you the opportunity to see some of Summer Fest’s brightest stars a second time in intimate, acoustically-rich settings later the same day. Jazz+ concerts take place at the San Jose Rep Theater, Blackbird Tavern, Theatre on San Pedro Square (site of the Swing Stage) and The Pagoda (site of the Jazz Beyond Stage) Friday-Sunday at 9pm.
There are six Jazz+ performances, including Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Yosvany Terry, The Cookers, and a special evening with the legendary Ben Vereen. What will your favorite artist do in a small club setting? You’ll need a ticket to find out. Oh, except for VIP members and VIP admission holders–VIP’s can attend any of these concerts without a ticket or a reservation, subject to space availability.
Downtown San Jose (Map)
August 9-11, San Jose Jazz Summer Fest is the hottest event
of the summer featuring a stellar lineup of international stars,
emerging artists and regional favorites playing straight-ahead jazz,
blues, salsa, Latin, R&B, and more! It's not just the biggest live
music event in Silicon Valley–it's the perfect summer experience
featuring tasty food, wine and micro-brews; family fun and jazz for
kids; and a Club Crawl and other after-hours events for the grown ups.
Learn More Here
Blues, jazz, folk, R&B, world, indie and more. San Jose Jazz serves up the best musical variety at the new San Pedro Square Market in downtown San Jose. Best consumed with food, drink and friends.
Downtown San Jose's newest "must-see" attraction, San Pedro Square Market is modeled on great food halls like Seattle's Pike's Place. Built around the historic fabric of the Peralta Adobe, the Market has food and gift stalls and a variety of bars and restaurants serving some of the finest food, beer and wine anywhere.
San Jose Jazz Winter Fest 2014, presented by Metro, showcased a “cool” counterpart to our celebrated Summer Fest by
presenting emerging jazz talent that’s pushing the art form forward. 2014 artists included saxophone hotshot Anton Schwartz, LA-based composer and viola player Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, adventurous bass virtuoso Thundercat, blues/soul diva Nikki Hill; rising LA vocalist Moses Sumney, straight ahead pianist, composer and bandleader Amina Figarova, and 2014 Grammy®-winning alternative Latin powerhouse La Santa Cecilia, among other artists.
also placed a spotlight on education with weekend master classes and two afternoons of student band
performances. This year we saw the San Jose Jazz High School All Stars alongside San Jose
State University Jazz Orchestra, Kuumbwa Jazz Honors Band, Valley
Christian High School Big Band, Santa Teresa High School Big Band, and
Folsom High School Jazz Band. Various local artists joined the festivities as part of our club crawl, performing at venues La Piñata, Los Gatos Brewing Company, 71 Saint Peter, and the Hedley Club inside Winter Fest 2014 festival partner Hotel de Anza.
As we wrap up all of Winter Fest's ends, we're eager to to announce our first wave of key Summer Fest 2014 artists, in celebration of Summer Fest's 25th anniversary on August 8-10. Find out who is playing first by joining our mailing list on the bottom left corner of our homepage at sanjosejazz.org.
17th San Jose Jazz Summer Camp: June 17-28, 2013
Classes run from 8:30am to 4pm each day.
Location: Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700
Alum Rock Avenue, San José, CA 95116 (map)
Click here, to learn more and sign up.
Progressions is a transformative, K-12, tuition-free, youth development program where low-income, at-risk students learn to focus their out-of-school time on making music in safe, positive environments. Learn more...
The San Jose Jazz High School Big Band is an advanced jazz ensemble comprised some of the Bay Area's most talented High School jazz musicians. They experience weekly rehearsals, pro-level performances at great venues with renowned guest artists.
Photo credit: Jordan River
Click the picture above for a slideshow of fundraiser images.
25th Anniversary Fundraiser
The 2012 fundraiser celebrated the past, present & future of San Jose Jazz—music education and entertainment were both on the menu, as video, performances, auctions, food and fun celebrated creativity in our schools and in the community.
Beautiful centerpieces—each featuring 25 roses in tribute to the anniversary—and other gorgeous décor by Citti's Florist welcomed the guests. Wonderful silent auction items, including a private 60-minute performance by the Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco and a whimsical “hound’s head” clock vied for the attention of bidders as they sipped fine wines. Vice-Chairman of the Board Dr. Robert Griffin introduced A Brief History of Jazz—In Celebration of Black History Month, (link below) a video featuring poet and historian Jym Marks, created by WMS media especially for the event.
Later, auctioneer Chris Wilder sent ripples of laughter through the room as he led the live auction. A video performance by San Jose Jazz’s Progressions Choir was featured as a preface to a Fund-a-Need appeal for the program.
The evening ended with dancing to the debut performance by the San Jose Jazz High School All Star Big Band, led by Dr. Aaron Lington. The band was exceptional; the guests lit up the dance floor to the classic standards and smooth sambas.
This sparkling evening was one of the most successful fundraisers ever for San Jose Jazz--we look forward to seeing all of you at next year's event!
Click the "play" symbol to view the "Brief History of Jazz" video.
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