Fest Five: Brad Stone

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Dr. Brad Stone, Professor of Chemistry at San Jose State University, is a long time jazz radio personality. He is currently producer, programmer and host of The Creative Source on SoulandJazz.com worldwide – featuring progressive jazz and fusion, new jazz releases from today’s artists, and original compositions. He serves on the advisory board for San Jose Jazz and the Board of Directors for the Jazz Organ Fellowship.

Brad is waiting in eager anticipation for the 2015 San Jose Jazz Summer Fest. There is so much music this year that he wishes he could clone himself and see groups on different stages simultaneously. Brad couldn’t narrow it down to five, so here are the sixteen he is particularly anxious to see.


Doug Beavers

I remember a couple of years ago he killed it on the Salsa Stage!

Wally Schnalle’s IF3

San Jose’s own drummer and composer extraordinaire Wally Schnalle brings his latest incarnation to the stage in the form of IF3. It’s bound to be modern and innovative!

Shai Maestro Trio: Untold Stories

You have two opportunities to see the phenomenal Israeli pianist who has preformed with Avishai Cohen, among others.

Clark, Blades & Niswanger

Mike Clark, Wil Blades and Hailey Niswanger, oh my! Gifted saxophonist Niswanger and local B-3 phenom Blades team up with the legendary drummer (Headhunters, Herbie Hancock, Brand X, Wolff & Clark Expedition).

Aaron Lington Quintet Plays the Music of Burt Bacharach

Grammy award winner, San Jose State University Professor and baritone sax master Aaron Lington Quintet, this time doing the music of Burt Bacharach – can’t wait to hear his arrangements on this music!

Etienne Charles: “San Jose Suite”

Etienne Charles will debut his “San Jose Suite”, this will be a world premiere of a work inspired by our city, how fitting!

Bria Skonberg

Trumpeter and vocalist that is not to be missed! I saw her in N.Y. in January, she is a special talent.

Times 4

Local faves bring their tight brand of jazz-funk fusion – I love these guys!

Sylvia Cuenca New York Jazz Quartet featuring Craig Handy

Although she now lives and performs in N.Y., we still claim her for the Bay Area, drummer and leader Sylvia Cuenca brings her quartet, with special guest saxophonist Craig Handy!

Grant Geissman and the Bop! Bang! Boom! Band

Welcome back guitarist Grant Geissman! His music borders on jazz, fusion and smooth – always melodic and compelling.

Mason Razavi’s Quartet Plus

Bay area guitar great Mason Razavi Quartet Plus – come hear Mason’s wonderful compositions!

The Anton Schwartz Quintet

He lives in Seattle and N.Y. now, but we still claim him for the Bay Area too. The wonderful Anton Schwartz, who has developed his own voice on the saxophone, and is a great composer, too!

Oran Etkin: What’s New – Reimagining Benny Goodman

Two opportunities to see an incredible clarinetist and saxophonist from N.Y. He brings many world influences into his music.

Kamasi Washington & the Next Step

The extraordinary Kamasi Washington, I guarantee I’ll be front and center for this one! Kamasi has just released an epic 3-CD album, which is very powerful stuff indeed.

Natalie Cressman

Trombonist Natalie Cressman returns, it will be another party, if you remember her performances from festivals past!

Guitar Fest 2015 featuring Hristo Vitchev, Terrence Brewer and Rick Vandivier

Guitar Fest with three beloved Bay Area maestros: Hristo Vitchev, Terrence Brewer and Rick Vandiver. A Fest indeed! I gave you 16. But so many others that I left out (like John Pizzarelli!). See you at the Fest!!

There are so many acts this year -from Doug Beavers’ salsa dance party to Etienne Charles and his “San Jose Suite”-it’s no wonder Brad could only narrow it down to sixteen artists. See the full Summer Fest lineup here and tell us about your Fest Five by sharing your list with  info@sanjosejazz.org or posting on our Facebook page. Include a photo of you holding up five fingers, and we may include you in our blog as Summer Fest approaches.