Year-Round Programs

Founded in 1986, San Jose Jazz is dedicated to promoting music through education and performance and building a stronger, more vibrant community through participation in the arts. In 1987, San Jose Jazz produced its first jazz series, in 1989 its first jazz festival, and in 1993 its first youth education program. Today, San Jose Jazz is a dynamic, year-round arts organization that contributes to its community by producing a series of education and performance programs.

Education Programs

The High School All Stars is a high quality, regional, audition-based big band and jazz combo led by Dr. Aaron Lington.

Summer Jazz Camp is a two-week learning lab for talented and committed middle and high school students with backgrounds ranging from intermediate to pre-professional.

Progressions is a rigorous music education /youth development program for underserved youth.


Performance Programs

Summer Fest, the organization’s signature performance event, explores and celebrates the musical and cultural heritage of San Jose’s and Silicon Valley’s richly diverse community.

Winter Fest, the kid brother to Summer Fest, includes legends and fresh, emerging artists.

Free Jazz Wednesdays is a participatory forum that includes 50 free concerts annually at the De Anza, Fairmont, and Hilton Hotels.

Music at the Market reflects our community through 50 diverse performances at San Pedro Square Market in downtown San Jose on Friday nights.

Jazz Beyond series presents year-round concerts by emerging artists in the Pagoda at the Fairmont Hotel, one of the best small spaces for live music in Silicon Valley.