(Winter) Fest Five: Sam Ramirez – San Jose Jazz

(Winter) Fest Five: Sam Ramirez


Born and raised in San Jose, Bar Owner/Operator Sam Ramirez is known for his entertainment expertise spanning over a decade and his work and efforts with some of the most successful nightlife and live music venues throughout the Bay Area. From DB Coopers, Paradise Beach Club, Studio 47, Club F/X, AJAX Lounge and Cactus Club, The Edge, DNA Lounge SF, Townsend Club SF, End Up SF, The Cardiff Lounge, The Branham Lounge, El Guapo's and the recently opened The Continental in downtown San Jose.  Here’s what Sam is looking forward to at this year’s Winter Fest.  

Kris Bowers

Fri Mar 6 at San Jose State Company I had a chance to listen to Kris Bowers' debut album Heroes + Misfits.  The album has an eclectic feel that speaks to Bowers’ numerous music influences. The tracks Vices and Virtues, WonderLove and Wake The Neighbors warranted multiple listens. I am looking forward to seeing his live performance. http://youtu.be/_Mx5rZFAm0g  

San Jose Jazz High School All Stars

Sat Mar 7, San Pedro Square Market As the Whitney Houston lyrics go, "…the children are our future." This ensemble of future jazz greats is another performance I would like to see. http://youtu.be/4wY8ym8zHPs  

Free Swing Dance Party with Cosmo Alleycats

Fri Mar 6, San Pedro Square Market After viewing a few videos of the swing band Cosmo Alleycats at work. I have to say this band looks like a fun act to see, live. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hG3i_QWMrY  

Taylor McFerrin

Thu Feb 27, The Continental The Winter Fest concert last week was fantastic, and it was great to host it here at The Continental…I think the video below says it all. http://youtu.be/ZZSTGjbFYfY  

The Eulipions Jazz Jam Session w/ Peppe Merolla

Sun Mar 8, Cafe Stritch There is something pretty magical when it comes to jam sessions. The idea that anyone with music skills can jump on stage and play with a band “unrehearsed,” and proceed to create something new on the spot, is fantastic in my book!  I am definitely looking forward to this jam session. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hWrBLeTlZw   Learn more about Sam’s latest venture--downtown San Jose’s newest hotspot--at thecontinentalbar.com Swing Dance Party with Cosmo Alleycats is one of four free dance parties made possible through the generosity of The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, in partnership with the San Jose Downtown Association.  Winter Fest takes place Feb 27-Mar 8. For more info about Winter Fest, and to purchase tickets, visit sanjosejazz.org/winterfest  

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