Fest Five: Soulandjazz “Jazz Doctor” Brad Stone

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Resembling somewhat of a superhero, Dr. Brad Stone teaches Chemistry at San Jose State University at day but at night turns into an award wining jazz radio programmer, host and producer. His superhero name? The Jazz Doctor. To say he knows a thing or two about jazz is an understatement.


To hear Dr. Stone in action, check out his program “the Creative Source” on soulandjazz.com, an online radio station based in the UK. Check out the top five acts the doctor will see at this year’s Summer Fest.


Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio
Sat Aug 12 @ 5pm, Silicon Valley Community Foundation Hammer Theatre Stage

The phenomenal organist Lonnie Smith returns once again to San  Jose to be a part of the festivities.  Co-sponsored by the Jazz Organ Fellowship, we will be presenting Amina Claudine Myers with the 2017 Jazz Organ Fellowship award prior to Lonnie’s set.  Silicon Valley Commnity Foundation Hammer Theatre Stage, Saturday 5 p.m.

Posi-Tone Showcase
Art Hirahara
Fri Aug 11 @ 6pm, Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage
Roxy Coss/Josh Lawrence
Fri Aug 11 @ 8pm, Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage

Posi-tone Records, a wonderful boutique record label supporting many of today’s current exciting artists, is returning again this year with a showcase, featuring 3 artists with new releases on the label in 2017.  At 6 p.m., pianist Art Hirahara will be on for a set, then at 8 p.m. saxophonist Roxy Coss will join forces with trumpeter Josh Lawrence.  It’s going to be blowin’!  Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage, Friday evening.

Jazz by 5, with Javon Jackson, George Cables, Randy Brecker, Eddie Gomez & Jimmy Cobb
Sun Aug 13 @ 2pm, Sobrato Organization Main Stage
Sun Aug 13 @ 7pm, Silicon Valley Community Foundation Hammer Theatre State

A rare chance to see all these jazz legends on one stage!  Led by San Jose Jazz Summer Fest fave Javon Jackson on saxophone.  Sunday, 7 p.m., Silicon Valley Community Foundation Hammer Theatre Stage.

Hip-Bone Big Band
Sun Aug 13 @ Noon, Sobrato Organization Main Stage

Trombonist Michael Davis, whose career includes touring with the Rolling Stones, returns to his native San Jose to perform his infectious compositions, as well as other fun material, with a big band.  This will be incredibly “hip” – not to be missed!  Sunday, 12 Noon, Sobrato Organization Main Stage.

Allan Harris Quartet
Sun Aug 13 @ 5pm, Jade Leaf Stage

Those “in the know” in New York know that crooner Allan Harris is a force behind the mic – jazz, r&b, rock, ballads, blues – he does it all and he does it well.  Alan is also well known for his support of today’s artists with his showcases.  With Joe Warner on piano; Tomoko Funaki, bass; Tim Angulo, drums.  Sunday, 5 p.m., Jade Leaf Stage.