Fest Five: Jae Sinnet

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Jae Sinnet is a drummer, composer, jazz radio broadcaster and producer based out of Southeast Virginia. It’s his 25th year as host and producer for the Eastern Virginia public jazz radio show Sinnet In Session, which broadcasts on WHRV FM 89.5. He’s also a jazz artist with thirteen recordings to his name and is preparing to record and produce the Zero to 60 project this September. The Jazzweek Summit and Summer Fest bring Jae to San Jose for the very first time, and he’s looking forward to the extraordinary talent and unique experience the Fest will offer.

Here are his top five must-see artists.

Terri Lynn Carrington’s Mosaic Project: Love & Soul with Ledisi

I first met Terri when she was just starting out years ago. She was an amazing talent then and even more so now. Her drumming is explosive but profoundly musical, and she’s become more varied in her presentations. Her singing and writing are fantastic!


Tower of Power

Drummer David Garibaldi was one of my first huge influences back in the early 70’s. That syncopated funk style that TOP is known for reshaped the funk landscape. There’s not a horn band playing today that hasn’t gotten inspiration from the “Oakland Zone.” My group performed on a bill with them and I got to hang out with the band members. It was great sharing time with David, one of my drumming heroes.


Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band

One of the true great progressive Latin jazz masters and mainstays. His music is powerful and energetic. You can’t remain still listening to his bands.


Zigaboo Modeliste

Oh man, I wore the grooves out on the Meters recordings. Zigaboo’s influence looms larger than most think. Profoundly influential and funky beyond belief!


Etienne Charles

I’ve always admired Etienne’s clean and organized swinging work. He’s a versatile talent that has fantastic trumpet technique, soul, and passion. He’s also a visionary composer. That’s my kind of jazz musician.

Whether it’s your first or fifteenth trip to Summer Fest, it’s sure to be an extraordinarily entertaining experience. Explore the full lineup here and find your favorite artists to create your own Fest Five. Share your list with info@sanjosejazz.org or by posting to our Facebook page. Include a photo of yourself holding up five fingers and you may be part of our blog posts before the Fest!